No doubt you've heard the news about the threatened petrol price increase. It could cost an extra 4p per litre over the coming days.
But let's not indulge in too much doom and gloom. Here's an amazing story: five car-sharers saving themselves about £100,000 over the past 20 year. They’ve also experienced many of the less well-known benefits of sharing lifts, such as the welcome opportunity to take a nap as someone else drives you home!
There are currently over 365,000 members on the Liftshare network - which your scheme is part of - sharing or seeking to share. As one member, James, said: "I think I am saving just over £1,200 per year in petrol alone not to mention wear and tear on my car. We have all become good friends through car-sharing and regularly socialise outside of travelling to work."
The typical commuter who car-shares saves on average £987 a year. Now could be the ideal time to give it a try!
Liftshare Week (1-5 October) had a record-breaking impact on the number of commuters asking others going their way to car-share with them.
Over 50% more 'request to share' messages were sent between members during the fortnight of Liftshare Week and its run-up compared to the same period during last year’s (previously record-breaking) campaign!
"More than one share request was being sent between members every minute of every working day throughout the fortnight – which was beyond even our expectations,” said Ali Clabburn, founder of the Liftshare network (which this site is a part of).
"The success of this campaign really underlines the shift in driving behaviour going on around the UK; the increase in people recognising how easy, fun and popular it is to share lifts – not to mention the typical commuter saving on average £987 a year!"
• 5,590 people sent a 'request to share' message on the nationwide network during the fortnight of Liftshare Week 2012
• 3,697 share requests were sent during last year's campaign (which had previously been the best fortnight ever)
If you're car-sharing already, remember you can always add a few more to your carpool.
Gemma (pictured) started by sharing with just one other person, but now she's found some other good journey-matches, and four of them are sharing their commute.
How much is she saving? A handsome £3,322.78 every year!
Next week (1-5 October) is Liftshare Week. This website is part of the UK’s original and largest car-sharing network. So if you want to share your journey (and save hundreds – even thousands - of pounds), here is where you'll find your best chance...
Liftshare Week (1-5 October) is all about encouraging individuals to give lift-sharing a try, to discover its financial, social and environmental benefits!
Last year, Liftshare Week won a European award, and over 6,200 new members signed up in just five days!
This year we have done even more to make the campaign more successful than ever and we’re asking you to get involved...
Here are 5 reasons why you should!
Split the cost of any journey in half or even more! When petrol prices are rising, sharing the financial burden can save you significant amounts of cash!
If everybody car-sharied just one day a week, congestion on the roads could be reduced by up to 20%! Not only would you not have to spend so much time in traffic, but you'll be significantly reducing your C02 emissions too!
Doing your bit for the environment and sharing lifts with others can only improve your caring image!
If you are thinking about working somewhere, making your commute to the office, cheaper and easier makes more job opportunities attractive.
Lift-sharing is also proven to create better social networks (an often hidden attribute of car sharing) talking with those you share with helps to create stronger social bonds.
So, why not register for FREE and try lift-sharing today - visit www.Liftshare.com. And while you're at it, put up a few Liftshare Week posters in your workplace and encourage others to do the same! Visit www.Liftshareweek.com and choose which posters you'd like to download in the 'Spread the word...' section.
Time – Car-sharing reduces congestion on the roads, so you spend less time in traffic. Not only that, some cities have car-share lanes, so you can skip through congestion.
Fuel - Running one car instead of two or more saves petrol. A typical commuter saves about £1,000 each year!
Carbon emissions – Fewer cars means less fuel burned, so lower C02 emissions.
Driving stress – Company for conversation and an extra pair of eyes, means many people find car-sharing reduces stress behind the wheel and road rage.
A better work/life balance - You have to leave work at an agreed time.
Parking space – Some companies provide designated sharing spaces for those car-sharing. And, even if there are no designated spaces, encouraging car-sharing within your workplace reduces the demand for parking spaces; making parking easier.
Costs - Fuel, tolls and parking costs can be, at the very least, halved by car-sharing.