Carpooling has a checked history due to various factors affecting the psyche of commuters. With low fuel prices car ownership increased which in turn led to more traffic on the roads causing jams, congestion, parking woes and pollution. As fuel prices increases commuters adopted carpooling to reduce their expenses. carpoolers like this concept for the benefits it offers, and more people look for the carpooling opportunities. Today’s commuters are enjoying the carpooling advantages such as reduction in stress, availability of dedicated lanes for carpoolers, possibility of more time for personal use and reduction in costs of travel and maintenance of cars.
Carpool decreases stress
Owners self-drive their cars fighting traffic congestion and getting stuck in jams using up travel time in an unproductive manner. But, the bigger problem is that self-driving causes high stress levels. Stress has two dimensions First, the hustling and bustling of traffic causes stress. Second, stress affects driving and may cause accidents leading to unnecessary complications and expenses. This is when carpooling is a boon for the commuters. While carpooling, commuters don’t need to drive as often as they do while self-driving. Thus, stress comes down automatically and the carpoolers’ feel fresh when they reach the destination and can get the work done in a proper mind frame.
Special carpool lanes save commute time
The NZ Transport Agency issues guidelines on use of dedicated transit lanes known as T2 and T3 lanes for carpooling vehicles identified as high occupancy vehicles along with other classes of vehicles. carpoolers can use these lanes on arterial roads, motorways and express-ways to reach their destinations faster. These lanes have clear sign-posts marked on the roads for commuters to follow. They are flexible enough to cater to differing traffic conditions at different times of the day. Carpooling is a collective effort and T2 and T3 lanes encourage multi-occupancy vehicles to get priority over single occupancy vehicles. Thus, carpoolers on T2 and T3 lanes can enjoy the benefit of saving commuter time by travelling at higher speeds and avoiding congestion.
Increased personal time
By its very nature, carpooling encourages sharing of driving responsibility by carpoolers on different days. Thus, if a carpool has four occupants then each occupant gets to drive every fourth day. During the remaining three days the occupants are just passengers free to do whatever activity they may want to undertake – office work on the phone or electronic devices, catch up with friends, read newspapers or books, eat a snack, maybe catch their customary 40 winks, make some phone calls to solve domestic problems or simply enjoy the scenery. Thus, carpoolers get more personal time during their off-driving days.
Owning a car and using it for the daily commute is an expensive proposition involving high capital investment, running costs and maintenance costs. While carpooling cannot reduce cost of investment it can save running and maintenance costs. For instance, if a car pool has four members then each member’s car is on the road every fourth day. During the remaining three days the car is idle incurring no expenses other than the investment cost. Savings on fuel and maintenance are tangible because the four carpoolers share the cost of fuel and the car gets used only every fourth day.
There is no doubt that carpooling is a great opportunity for commuters to enjoy reaching destinations faster without much stress. They also save on costs and enjoy more free time for personal use. Most importantly, they are contributing to the country by reducing air pollution, road congestion and traffic jams.