Almost 16,000 drivers were questioned in an AA/Populus poll, published today. The research found that petrol prices, parking costs and the opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions were the main reasons that one in five people in now car-share regularly.
"Car-sharing is saving me £10 a day," said Jon Lloyd from Llanwrtyd, who shares 30 miles each way on his commute. "It's nice to have the company, and it's great when you're tired after work and the other person is driving! Plus I do like to feel that I am actually reducing my huge carbon footprint."
The AA poll coincides with the first ever week dedicated to car-sharing. Liftshare Week aims to encourage and enable thousands more drivers around the country to start sharing their journeys with others going the same way.
"Record fuel prices and an ever-increasing toll of taxes and charges on car users makes car-sharing such a sensible choice for car owners who find costs mounting," said Edmund King, the AA's president.
"The AA/Populus survey shows that at least a quarter of those who don't car-share at present could if they found a driving ‘buddy' who does the same regular route at least some of the time. That is what iftshare Week is about: introducing drivers to the car-sharing network, its possibilities and the flexibility it offers.
"In the past, car-sharers used their thumbs to hitch a ride - today it can be done with a click of a mouse."
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