Sunday, 3 July 2011

Need to cut down on va va voom?

Liftshare

An interesting statistic came out this week: according to the RAC, about a third of UK drivers say they have been forced to cut down on the number of car journeys they make, because of the price of petrol. At the same time, the liftshare network has seen a 32.5% increase of the number of people signing up to car-share so far this year. 

Every time petrol prices rise, drivers start thinking more about how they can still afford to make their journeys. And by mid-June this year, another 30,000 people had signed up to the free liftshare network to find others going their way, so they could share their cars – thus splitting the fuel costs. 

The impact car-sharing can have on your wallet is dramatic. Thomas Elmitt commutes between Cardiff and Weston super Mare. “If I couldn’t lift-share my daily commute I would be unable to make my commute at all! Lift-sharing saves me ten hours and £40 per week, or over 450 hours and £1,800 annually.”

But there are added bonuses, such as cutting your CO2 emissions, reducing stress levels and - as Thomas has also discovered – the social aspect: “My lift sharing buddy and I are now good friends; His wife did the flowers at my wedding and my wife and I have baby-sat their kids.” 

Over 440,000 people have joined liftshare so far. If you haven’t yet, maybe it’s time to see how much money you could save by car-sharing...! 

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