For those who have been living under a rock, ride-sharing or carpooling, as it is more popularly known, is when the owner of a car offers to share the available space in his or her car with other people who are headed in the same direction. This reduces the number of vehicles on the roads significantly and also facilitates the sharing of the petrol cost, because let’s face it, petrol prices in our country is higher than some of our life goals.
Carpooling is like a blessing in disguise for people who travel solo in their car for close to 2 hours to reach their workplace. The traffic snarls, the long hours, and the solitude, it’s bound to take its toll. Also, by travelling alone, we’re wasting an enormous amount of space which could be otherwise usefully occupied by a co-worker, for example.
R.B. Fuller said- “Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.”
There are over 30 lakh cars in Delhi alone. Even if 50% of these are occupied by a single person, the number is still alarming. Now, if 2 people join one ride, a car is taken off the street. And this represents only one scenario. If 10000 cars stay put in their parking garages for a day, it will make all the difference.
Jatin Kuberkar’s book ‘Cabbing all the way’ strings together 4 years of carpooling into one rib tickling memoir. Thought carpooling was unheard of in India? Think again.
Across the world, Stanford University gives its students and staff a plethora of incentives to share their commute to their campus every day. Below is a testimonial published on its website.
“I tried carpooling because I was driving by myself 37 miles to work each day. I thought you know, let’s put a whole bunch of people in the car and get more cars off the road and spend less money.”- Emily Erwin, Media Production Manager, Stanford Center for Professional Development.
Carpooling has made it big in European countries. Germany has Carpooling.com and France boasts of BlaBla Car. In an interview with Heureka, Markus Bernikel, CEO of Germany based company, Carpooling stated- “We’ve (also) saved 430,000,000 Litres of gas. And 860,000 tons of Carbon Emissions.”
That’s a lot of zeroes isn’t it? With India having a population that is almost 2 times that of these countries, India should be the leading country to totally slay at the carpooling game.
Still think Carpooling is not a good idea? James Corden makes a living out of Carpool Karaoke segment on YouTube, carpooling and singing with some of the biggest celebrities on the planet.
And on that *high* note, I rest my case.