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Sharing a ride to and from work allows you to split your driving duties and expenses by at least half. The more people you carpool with, the greater your savings.

"Ridesharing programs like vanpools or even informal carpools are the cheapest and most efficient method for people to commute to and from work," says Michael Ennis, director of the Center for Transportation at the Washington Policy Center in Seattle.

"In the Seattle region, our research shows vanpools are 28 percent cheaper than taking a bus, 48 percent cheaper than using commuter rail and 61 percent cheaper than driving alone," he says.

In addition to saving money on gasoline and parking fees, ridesharing allows you to reduce the mileage and wear-and-tear on your auto -- both of which will save you even more green in the long run.

An added bonus -- ridesharing is also good for your mental health. It affords you an opportunity to relax while someone else takes the wheel for a change. It's also "green," giving you the added peace of mind that comes from doing your part to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion.


 

 

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