Carpooling Saves You Money
How much do you spend on gas, oil changes and other maintenance, insurance and tires? Do you lease your car? How much do you spend per mile? It’s a lot, right? Most people who drive alone spend almost $10k per year on vehicle related expenses. Now think of how much of those costs would go away each time you carpool.
Use 95 Express for Free
Tolls on 95 Express can exceed $10 per trip. If your carpool has 3 or more people, you do not pay to use 95 Express. It’s as simple as that. All you have to do is to make sure that you are properly registered with South Florida Commuter Services. Register your 3+ here.
Guaranteed Ride Home
Carpoolers usually need to leave work around the same time. But we understand that unexpected incidents, emergencies or unplanned overtime can come up while you are at work, and you might need to leave early or stay late. Relax, the government will pay for your Lyft ride or taxicab fare to get you home. Carpoolers get up to 6 of these guaranteed ride home trips each year. To receive the Guaranteed Ride Home benefit, all you have to do is to make sure that you are properly registered with South Florida Commuter Services. Register your carpool here.
Carpooling Helps the Environment
Many people think that they can’t make a difference, but the numbers tell a different story. Here’s a quick run-down of the carbon dioxide emissions produced by commuting just 10 miles (one way), five days per week for one year:
- Small car (35 MPG fuel economy): 1.4 tons
- Midsize car (20 MPG fuel economy): 2.6 tons
- Full-size car/SUV (14 MPG fuel economy): 3.8 tons
Carpooling reduces the number of cars on the road. Fewer cars means there is less emissions getting into the air. As an example, if only 5% of the New York City’s drive alone trips were eliminated they would save about 75,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. That’s roughly equivalent to planting 30 square miles of forest.
Make New Friends (or not)
South Florida Commuter Services’ ridematching application can recommend carpool partners with similar commuting patterns as yours. It’s a great way to meet interesting people or get to know the people with whom you work or go to school.
Or if you would rather not talk to anyone and be in your own zone while you are commuting, that’s cool too. That is what playlists are made for. If you are the passenger, go ahead, have fun on your phone. You might even be able to put on your headphones and completely zone out. Register for carpool ridematching here.