Published on February 4th, 2013 | by Pete1
Drive Down Commuting Costs
I am one of many people in this great nation of ours, who work. I need to get to work, and to do this, I drive my car. There are lots of arguments for and against driving your own car to work, and these can include environmental, as well as financial considerations. However, if you drive to work like I do, it might be that you are already considering these things.
You see, I’m not alone in my journey to work. I share my car with three lovely colleagues, which means that we all benefit. We all work in the same place, so we all need to make the same journey. They could of course get the bus, but then they could be subjected to late buses, and the kinds of fares that can make you weep, due to the journey costing more than a unicorn hoof.
So what’s in it for me as the driver, surely just extra wear and tear on my car? Well there are a number of benefits. Firstly, my half hour odd journey to work is more enjoyable, as I’ve got some nice company to talk to. I don’t know about you, but I can be a little grumpy in the morning, so the company really helps liven me up, as well as setting me up for the day. Their company on the way home is also a useful opportunity for a non-judgemental debrief with people who understand exactly what I’m moaning about. It also means that I’ve normally run out of steam by the time I’ve got home and my wife is spared!
Secondly, there is a financial benefit. As my companions are saving bus fare, they make a contribution to petrol costs, which means I don’t have to spend as much money on petrol as I normally would. In total, they contribute £12 to the week’s petrol. Bearing in mind they would otherwise be spending £50 a week each on the bus getting to and from work, they have no problem giving me £4 each. In total, I’m saving around £600 a year car pooling!
If you are at work now, and you regularly drive there, have a look around. Is there anyone else who also lives near you and who makes a similar journey? Do you fancy saving yourself some money and making the journey to and from work more interesting? Why don’t you wonder over to their desk and ask if they fancy car pooling. Go on, and take a biscuit over with you…