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Car Sharing Can Help in Your Green Efforts: Why Aren’t You Trying It Out As Yet?

In this cruel world of extreme CO2 emissions, have you ever thought of sparing a few minutes to think what you are capable of in putting a check on such soot spouting people carriers?  Urban living never gets complete without cars. Small cars, SUVs, MUVs and a lot of other models dot the street almost any given time. The number of polluting vehicles also has been on the rise. One solution to this menace could be car sharing.

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Car sharing is proving to be an extremely viable option for saving fuel, and there by environment. The practice helps reduced traffic, saves time and travel chores of office-home commuting people. Fortunately enough, it has gained popularity among urban dwellers as it gives flexibility of having a car without owning one.

A recent study conducted among 6,281 car-sharers by the University of California Transportation Center revealed that more than 80 percent of who enrolled for this program have dropped their personal vehicles once they joined.

However, that doesn’t mean that car sharing has ruled out the cars wholly from the family, but dispirited their need for owning a second car. Also many people have also sold their decade-old cars that were fuel squanderers and high CO2 dischargers. Each car in the shared fleet represented an absence of around 9 -13 individually owned cars.

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This means we have fewer cars in the streets and also fewer miles traversed and less fuel spent. Notably, car-sharing programs also generally have cars with considerably higher fuel economy (average 33 mpg) and less emission than the replaced cars.

Some companies also employ hybrid and all-electric cars which are efficient, greener and economical in their car sharing programs. Car sharing takes the pressure of car owning from customers, obviates parking woes and frees people from car-dependent lifestyles.

Study authors Martin and Shaheen wrote:

“The vehicles shed are often older, and the car-sharing fleet is an average of 10 mpg more efficient than the vehicles shed.”

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Car sharing establishments in the US, such as Car2Go, Relay Rides and Zipcar, are planning to expand their reach to rural and semi urban areas as well. The study further said Car-sharing = Decreased vehicle population + reduced traveling distances+ higher mpg = an ideal solution for problems of air pollution and fuel depletion.

Besides unifying the fuel users into car sharing means we can quickly adapt to modern fuel saving and pollution-control measures. Why doesn’t your region too adopt this initiative in a big way?

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