One particular highlight for us is perhaps not something you'd immediately think of when you contemplate the potential benefits of car-sharing: increasing a sense of community.
Clare in Hereford is a prime example. She tells us that, as well as having "a great laugh" on their journeys, "we sometimes go to Tesco's to do a 'big shop'; it means that Jenni can stock up on bulky items like washing power and toilet rolls which are difficult to carry on public transport. We also pick up and drop off a regular prescription for a friend of Jenni's who has retired and finds it difficult to get to the doctors."
Car-sharers often swap skills as well, to do each other a favour and save a bit of money. Thomas in Cardiff relates that his car-sharer's wife did the flowers at his wedding - "and my wife and I have baby-sat their kids" - while Kate in Ilminster ended up sharing a horse with one of her car-sharers!
But community is about the area where you live, not just the people. Long working hours, and an increase in spending our free time in more isolated activities, means many people never really get to know the community where they live. For Emma, car-sharing changed all that. "We exchange knowledge of the local area - where the best car boot sales are, where the best markets or pick-your-own farms are, what is on at the theatre, what is happening with the development of the roads.
"For the first time since we moved to Swindon two-and-a-half years ago, I have booked tickets to the local theatre, ordered a box of organic fruit and veg and sought out the local outdoor swimming pool - all via recommendation of my Liftshare partner!"
Who would have thought that simply sharing your car would have so many life-enriching side effects?!
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