There are many ways you can get to work, such as driving, bicycling, walking, and even taking a taxi, bus, or light rail. Although there are many commuting options, the majority of people drive to work. Because many of these other alternatives can save you time, money, and help the environment, it is important that you know how to do the same with your car—by carpooling.
The benefits of carpooling are many and include saving money on gas, parking, tolls, and car repairs. In addition, people who carpool get to drive in Maryland’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane, which often move faster than the other lanes of traffic. Not only is carpooling typically a faster way to get to work, but it is good for the environment and it may even be good for your social life by providing you with the opportunity to meet new people and make new work connections. However, the biggest benefit to carpooling is that more cars are taken off the road, which reduces the risk for auto accidents.
It is common sense that fewer people driving translates to fewer accidents. Because of this, carpooling may be one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve traffic safety. Unfortunately, carpooling accounts for less than 10 percent of all commuters today, according to a Deloitte University study. But if more people would carpool, traffic accidents across the nation could potentially be reduced by over 20,000 annually, according to the same study.
As lawyers who help victims of car crashes, we want to do our part to reduce car accidents. We hope you found this blog insightful and may even consider carpooling. Please share this blog with those you know by clicking on one of your favorite social media icons to the left of the screen. You never know who might be considering carpooling!