A once popular method of saving gas that has become more and more popular in recent years with the meteoric rises in gas prices is the act of Car Pooling. Car pooling is essentially sharing a ride with one or more co-workers or friends to your work destination or other places. Work car pooling has the capacity to save you the most money because most of us spend the majority of our driving time in the commute to and from work. In addition, with less jobs in this downturned economy it is more common for people seeking work to now be forced to travel double or triple the distance they previously had to. The combination of a further commute with reduced wages from lack of competitively paying jobs really begs the need to start saving money in other areas of one’s life including gas costs.
Carpooling can accomplish this by spreading the cost responsibility of a tank of fuel amongst several different co-workers. The basic premise of car pooling is this. Two or more employees, each with their own vehicle and being capable drivers, splits the responsibility of driving each other to work. Car pooling can be done in a few different ways. Each driver can take turns on different days of the week driving their own car to pick up all the other carpoolers in their group on their way to work. This method is the best as it not only splits the cost of the gas between drivers but also splits the wear and tear on the vehicle between all the cars within the pool instead of just one.
The other popular car pooling method is to just have one designated car pool driver who uses his or her vehicle solely to pick up everyone else on their way to work. Each other person in the car pool must contribute their equal share of money for gas during the week. So this effectively drops each person’s cash cost for gasoline by the number of people in the car pool. Having a full car of 4 workers can cut your individual gas costs to 25% of what they originally were. This could translate into a savings of literally hundreds of dollars a month.
The downside to having one designated driver use their car exclusively is that they will retain all the same wear and tear to their vehicle from commuting as they normally would if they were driving to work every day on their own. However, this tends to be a common, efficient way to carpool because they generally choose the person whose route to work is the most efficient at picking up people along the way without have to turn around or make many distance detours. Carpooling is a great method to reduce gas consumption and save wear and tear on your vehicle. Many companies will actually encourage car pooling by organizing car pool groups through the HR (Human Resources) department. Enquire at your employer whether or not they have any car pool lists that you may be able to get involved with and start enjoying the gas mileage savings.