Over two-thirds of our members tell us that one of the reasons they started sharing was the social aspect. As Michael from Linlithgow said: "I was driving myself but finding it pretty tedious and a waste of my time. All I was doing was staring at bumpers and tarmac. I now share with a very nice woman and it's going great. We have a lot in common and so we chat a lot." Cath in Swansea agrees: "Although at one time Terry Wogan was 'the other man in my life', I find it so much more fulfilling to have another person in the car to chat to in person."
And for many, the friendships go further than a just the time they spend in the car together:
• Maggie in Penrith finds her car-share partner is a source of free baby trees!
• Adam in Norwich taught his lift, Phil, how to play golf
• Sandra in Colchester has been introduced to folk music gigs by her Liftshare partner
• James in York goes to pub quizzes and go-karting with his car-share team.
"I've been sharing for a year with three others and we are all very like-minded and get on really well," Dan in Nottingham told us. "There is always something to talk about - you gain new thoughts, ideas, experiences, news - you gain nothing if you drive alone."
If you can have your social life enriched - on top of saving money and being kinder to the planet - it's very hard to find a reason not to do so! Who knows? You may find yourself in the same boat as Emily in Oxford, who emailed us to say: "I made one of my best friends through liftsharing!"
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