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Setting up a Car Pool or Car Share Scheme

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 26 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
Setting Up A Car Pool Or Car Share Scheme

Setting up a car pool is one of the best ways to make a motoring budget stretch as far as possible. Car sharing can save money on fuel costs, and as you will be sharing a car with the other members of the car pool, you can also reduce the general wear and tear that comes from driving your car on a regular basis. This can lower your maintenance costs, which in turn is beneficial for those on a motoring budget.

What is a Car Pool?

Car pooling is also known as car sharing. At its most basic level, it involves giving lifts to or accepting lifts from other members of the car pool scheme to reduce the amount of separate driving that needs to be done.

Why Get Involved in a Car Pool?

There are several benefits associated with being involved in a car pool. If it is not your own car being driven, you can save money on fuel costs by not driving your own car. Even if it is your own car being driven, the added weight of extra passengers will not contribute much to the overall fuel emissions of your car (although it will increase the car's fuel consumption slightly). The fact that at least one car has been left behind more than cancels this out.

If someone else's car is being used in the car pool scheme, be prepared to contribute something towards the cost of fuelling and running the car (as should all of the members of the car pool scheme). If it is your car that is being used in the car pool scheme, it is expected that other members of the car pool scheme will contribute towards the fuel and running costs for your car.

Why Get Involved in a Company Car Pool Scheme?

There are certain advantages to being involved in a company car pool scheme. For example, the fight for parking spaces at work will be less intense as there will be less cars involved in bringing employees to and from work.

Getting Involved in a Car Pool Scheme

A car pool scheme can be either formal or informal. On the informal level, it can simply involve asking friends, family or colleagues to organise lifts to and from destinations. On the formal level, you can use one of the UK's online booking and administration services for car pool schemes such as National CarShare UK or FreeWheelers.

National CarShare is the UK's largest free national car sharing scheme, and aims to match up drivers and passengers based on their car sharing needs, including those who work shifts. This is a free service, but it is expected that the driver and passenger will work out an agreement on sharing the costs involved.

Being involved in a car pool scheme is a good idea for those on a motoring budget. This reduces your fuel costs as you will be doing less driving in your own car, as well as general maintenance costs that arise from wear and tear.

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