Carpooling has been one of the most popular forms of ride sharing around for several years. All over the world, people are getting into car sharing arrangements to help out their neighbors, be more eco-friendly, and make their lives less hectic. Starting a carpool with other local moms can be great for you, and here are 5 of the benefits you can enjoy from it.
We all know that our cars pollute the air with their exhaust fumes and perpetuate environmental destruction in the form of oil drilling but there often seems to be little we can do about it. Our lifestyles necessitate driving on a daily basis. By carpooling, however, you effectively reduce the number of cars on the road, cutting down on both emissions and consumption. Carpooling is good for both you and Mother Nature.
2. Save Money On Gas
Everybody’s hanging on the edge of their seats, waiting for that one glorious day when gas prices will drop again. Well, it’s fine to be optimistic but don’t hold your breath. With every passing day there’s less oil in the world, not more, and barring some scientific revolution gasoline will never be so plentiful as to drop heavily in price. You’re best served by finding ways to save money on gas, and carpooling is one of the best ways to do it. Let your car rest more often and cut down your gas expenses immensely.
3. Reduce Stress
Do you ever find yourself giving the steering wheel a white knuckle death grip when you hit the road? Driving and stress seem to go hand in hand for many. Getting stuck in traffic, dealing with other drivers, and negotiating road hazards can make even the shortest drive a tense experience. By reducing the time you spend behind the wheel, you can cut a good amount of negative stress out of your life. Whether it’s your morning commute to work or rounding up the kids for school and sports, getting out of the driver’s seat will give you some peace of mind.
Your days are most likely busier than you’d ever expected they would be, probably due to a combination of work and family matters to juggle every day. Many moms find themselves unable to make time for socializing with all this other business filling up their schedules, but it’s still important to maintain a healthy social life. Start a carpool with local moms can help you get to know each other and make friends in the neighborhood. Adults often find it difficult to make new friends, and this is a great way to get to know other moms with whom you probably have a lot in common.
5. Reduce Wear On Your Car
Every car has a lifespan, and driving causes your car to creep one step closer to the end of that lifespan with every mile. Wear and tear on your car is natural, but you can minimize it by cutting down on how much you drive. Less mileage on your car not only extends its life, but also helps maintain its resale value and saves you money on maintenance expenses like brake bleeders, tune ups, and tire replacement. Take it easy on your car by starting a carpool to keep it running smoothly for years.