What is car pooling
- Carpooling is the shared use of a car by the driver and one or more passengers.
- Carpooling arrangements and schemes involve varying degrees of formality and regularity.
- Carpoolers use pool member's private cars, or a jointly hired vehicle, for private shared journeys.
- Carpooling reduces the costs involved in repetitive or long distance driving by sharing cars, sharing rental charges, or paying the main car owner.
- Some countries have introduced high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to encourage carpooling and use of public transport, to combat rising traffic congestion.
- In reducing the number of cars on the road, carpooling decreases pollution and the need for parking space, and in a global perspective, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
- Shared driving carpooling can also reduce driving stress.
- In some cases, companies or local authorities will introduce facilities to encourage private carpooling, often as part of wider transport programs. These can include central listing facilities, defined pick-up points, preferential parking and general advice.