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Carpooling Like it or Not

Carpooling is something that we have all experienced at some point in our lives- even if we don't remember it. If you have ever gotten into a vehicle that was being driven by another person, then you have carpooled. There are many of us who do not really like carpooling, however. Rather, we would prefer to have our own mode of transportation in which we are in control of the vehicle and where it is going. For others, however, carpooling is a great idea. For example, my boyfriend hates to drive...which doesn't make any sense because he has a BMW Z3 sports car. On the other hand, my mother doesn't mind being driven around, but she prefers to be the driver in most situations because other people's driving makes her nervous.

Carpooling has recently come into the limelight over the past couple of years because of the downturn in the economy. More and more people were finding it cheaper to buddy up with a neighbor on their way to work versus having to drive their own personal vehicles. With the sharp increase in the price of gasoline, people were finding it difficult to be able to afford to put gasoline in their cars, often having to decide between driving themselves around or being able to afford to put food on the table.

Though the gas crisis has quieted some over the past few months, the damage has already been done; but this is a relatively good kind of damage. For instance, more people are thinking twice about the kinds of cars that they are going to purchase when the go to the dealership. Rather than setting out to buy a sport utility vehicle, they are considering instead the smaller, more compact cars. They are looking at things such as fuel efficiency ratings a lot more closely as well as safety versus the type of brand name model or fancy features that the vehicle touts.

If you are carpooling, there is certainly more than one way to do it. For some people, it makes sense to buddy up with a neighbor or someone else who lives nearby to where you do and is traveling to the same area for work. In these situations, people will often put money into a pool that will cover the cost of any expenses that the vehicle may have such as oil changes, gasoline and other general maintenance. This is also a great option because it saves you from putting wear and tear on your vehicle every single day. Other people opt for mass transit, taking the train or bus instead. There are some areas of the country (depending on what town you live in) in which shuttles are also available to get you from place to place in case you need to things that are more local to where you live such as going grocery shopping or going to the store for an item. The only downside to mass transit is that you have to travel with significantl more people than you would if you were to just drive yourself or hop in a local carpool. However, the benefits of doing so far outweigh any negatives.
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