Survey reveals the bad habits that stop us car sharing

The pros and cons of car sharing

The pros and cons of car sharingMany of us have laughed at Peter Kay’s antics. But now the Bolton comedian is helping to fuel a serious debate on one of the hottest topics surrounding the future of driving: car sharing.

Peter Kay’s Car Share sitcom has brought the practice on to primetime TV screens.

The show tells how supermarket colleagues and car sharers John (Peter Kay) and Kayleigh (played by Sian Gibson) form an unlikely bond after a few initial mishaps.

Now, the BBC has asked 2,000 drivers about their commuting habits to coincide with the programme’s DVD launch.

It found that 18% already car share on a daily basis and 28% say they have tried it before. The findings also showed that 72% had never tried car sharing.

With the Car Club Coalition aiming to get 1 million car sharers in London alone during the next 10 years, it’s a topic that won’t go away. But would you be prepared to share your motor?

The cons
The BBC found that we’re worried that potential new driving partners may share their bad habits as well as their car. These include:

  • Bad driving: 51% of those surveyed said this was the main reason they wouldn’t care share.
  • Bad wind: Amusingly, the BBC survey found that flatulence is one reason why UK commuters are put off the idea of car sharing.
  • Bad music: Respondents also said that someone’s bad taste in music would put them off car pooling.

The pros

  • Saving your pennies: If you’re spending £2,000 a year getting to and from work, then having someone else aboard could halve that bill.
  • Saving the environment: Fewer cars on our roads means fewer traffic jams and less pollution.
  • Making parking easier: Fewer cars also means more parking spaces available, which means there’s not that last-minute find-the-parking-space lottery.
  • Making new friends: You’ll get to know new people and you’ll have someone to talk to when you’re commuting.

Car-share lanes
These first opened in 2011 on a stretch of motorway linking Bradford and Leeds.

Only vehicles with at least two occupants are allowed to use it. This US-pioneered practice has been slower to catch on here, with fewer than 10 lanes in total – and all but one of these is under 3 miles.

Leeds boasts three of them, Bristol two, while Bradford and Birmingham have one apiece.

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