Is Car Sharing Saving the Planet?
Uber, Lyft, and carpooling have put more and more people in the same car together. Uber and Lyft now even has a Carpool option to allow customers to pay a slightly lower rate to allow the driver to pick up more people on the way to their destination.
One of the worst parts of traffic is the effect that it has on the environment. Cars produce pollution. The more care on the road, the more pollution gets into the air. At this time, it is estimated that traffic creates a $160 billion cost of congestion. Carpooling is estimated to reduce pollution by about 10%.
Not only does carpooling lessen the carbon footprint that cars can put into the environment, it also lowers the amount of traffic on the road. Sure, you may have to make a quick stop to pick up a fellow carpooler, but the more people that choose this route, the less cars are on the road to slower your commute. Studies have estimated that people spend 7 billion hours waiting in traffic. We as a population surely have better things to do with this time.
Studies are still new, and the effects will really start to show when more people make the switch to carpooling. As a community, we need to make this change. Start yourself by offering to pick up people around your office and hopefully others will do the same. Encourage people to follow by setting an example. Mother Earth will thank us for it.