There are many benefits to ridesharing, some more obvious than others. If you are not sure if ridesharing is for you, consider the following.
Ridesharing can save you money!
Simply put, when you carpool, you will drive less and save money. These savings come from reduced maintenance costs (e.g., less frequent oil and air filter changes), savings on gasoline, and some insurance companies offer carpoolers reduced auto insurance rates.
Ridesharing might save you some time!
If you have a long commute, say from Nassau County or Queens, you may find yourself frequently fighting heavy traffic on the LIE. If you rideshare, you can use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on the expressway.
Ridesharing conserves non-renewable energy resources!
According to DOE estimates for 2008, 70 percent of the oil used in the US is used to by the transportation sector and roughly forty-four percent was consumed by passenger cars and light trucks. In 2009, 51 percent of the oil used in the US was imported, down from 58 percent in 2007.
Ridesharing can help to improve air quality!
Automobiles and light trucks are considered the largest contributors to air quality problems in the U S. According to 2008 EPA estimates, passenger cars and light trucks accounted for 22 percent of total hydrocarbon emissions, 50 percent of the nation’s carbon monoxide (CO) emissions, 32 percent of the total nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and 18 percent of nationwide greenhouse gas emissions.