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The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey shows that only around 9.7% of American employees carpooled to work that year, despite the numerous environmental and financial benefits of carpooling. According to AAA’s Your Driving Costs 2012, between gas, maintenance, and wear on tires, it costs an average of 20 cents for every mile you drive, which can add up quickly and vary depending on driving conditions. When driving your vehicle, carpooling allows you to share this cost with your passengers, or you may be able to alternate the vehicles being driven between your fellow carpoolers, which evenly distributes costs and vehicle wear and tear. Also, most major cities have carpooling or high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, allowing you to cruise by the stop-and-go traffic in the main lanes, which saves you time and increases your gas mileage, saving you money. Today’s infographic takes a look at the state of carpooling and car-sharing in the U.S.

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