Sharing the ride is a great option if you live more than 20 miles from work. It will save money, give you a break from driving, and save parking hassles. Your car and wallet will thank you, because you will be cutting down on fuel, maintenance and repair bills by leaving your car at home occasionally. You can sit back and chat with your new rideshare buddies.
What if you need an emergency ride home from work or unexpectedly need to work overtime? We've got you covered. Many rideshare programs offer a Guaranteed Ride Home plan for eligible commuters. These voucher programs provide ridesharing commuters access to a vehicle or a free taxi ride home from work in case of emergency on a day that you rideshare.
Local Rideshare Offices help commuters find vacancies in existing vanpools, or match people who are interested in forming a new carpool or vanpool group.
If you commute from an outlying community, this could be a perfect way to a smarter commute. In Michigan, the MichiVan program gets thousands of folks to work and back in comfort every day. There are other vanpool programs as well. At a very small cost, you can enjoy the leisure of your new free time while someone else gets you to work.
Carpooling uses private vehicles for shared travel. Costs, meeting points and other details are discussed and agreed on. Carpoolers then meet and carry out their shared trip(s) as planned. Carpooling is commonly used for commuting, but is also popular for longer leisure trips.
Carpooling reduces the costs involved in travel by dividing expenses such as fuel, parking fees, and car maintenance between the members of the carpool. Carpooling where the driving is shared can also decrease driving stress as each driver gets a break from being at the wheel.
You don't have to rideshare every day – just choose the days that work best for you. Rideshare as little or as often as your schedule permits. It's the small changes that make a difference.
The Bottom Line
Good things will happen. Rideshare participants find that there are many reasons why ridesharing is good for them and their community. Here are a few:
- Less stress commuting to and from work
- Saving money by sharing commuting costs
- Decreased personal vehicle maintenance and wear and tear
- Increased free time for riders
- Consistent travel times and routes
- Part-time travel options
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Fewer parking headaches
- Flexibility in choosing days that work best for you to rideshare
- Local Rideshare Offices (LRO) help commuters find vacancies in existing vanpools, or match people who are interested in forming a new carpool or vanpool group.