posted 3 years ago

Car Sharing Loses Popularity

Logistical reasons and bad driving habits contribute to a more stressful commute when car-sharing.

The car sharing revolution is losing popularity according to a new poll, there seem to be many reasons why people don't want to 'car-share' to work. At the top of the list points at bad driving habits.

A study of commuting habits has been published to coincide with the DVD launch of Peter Kay’s Car Share sitcom.  Anti-social driving habits are now the big reason motorists are choosing not to car share. Figures released show that 72% of drivers have never car shared and just 18% car share daily. 

Bad driving is the top reason for not wanting to car share, but the list goes on, many people stated that they didn't like being out of control and had a fear of waiting for someone which could make them late for work, a quarter of drivers said that wouldn't share with someone who had a different taste in music.

Some people enjoy a quiet time driving to work in the morning and sitting with someone who is going to be too chatty and not stop all the way is yet another reason drivers decline to car share. 

Earlier this year the Policy Exchange think-tank called for car sharers to be offered tax breaks while elsewhere campaigners have said commuting with colleagues can benefit the environment and reduce congestion. It clearly is cost effective if you split the cost, but another common problem is drivers who avoid paying their share for fuel.

Peter Kay's Car Share, which was first screened in April follows the adventures of car-sharing supermarket colleagues John Redmond played by Peter Kay and Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson). Kay said "the idea of two people car sharing to work each day really appealed to me, as it highlights the comedy in the minutiae of the daily trek and allows the spiralling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory."