Carpooling: Saving Time, Money, and the Planet
It costs an average of 20 cents for every mile you drive but carpooling can lower these costs. Reducing the cost of driving and lowering pollution levels are just some of the benefits of carpooling, but the U.S. Census Bureau shows that less than ten percent of American employees carpool to work. Learn more about the numerous financial and environmental benefits of carpooling in the infographic below.
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The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey shows that only around 9.7 percent 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.