Friday Fuel Economy: Jump in a Carpool

| 8/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

Whether your drive to work is 10 miles or 50, look for a carpool buddy. Sharing the journey with one or more coworkers will save you big bucks on gas and reduce air pollution and other emissions that cause global warming.

I'm lucky enough to carpool with two other editors. The entertainment value is worth it alone, but I also know I save about $1,000 a year in gas and maintenance costs. To figure out how much you could save, click here or here.

Other benefits of carpooling:

Get to work faster: many metropolitan areas have HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes that are strictly for vehicles with multiple passengers. Driving in these can save tons of time each day, giving you more time to get things done at work or get home to family. Plus, you'll enjoy zipping by all that bumper-to-bumper congestion.

Get more done: When you're not driving in the carpool, you can finally read that book, get a jumpstart on the work day or simply get a few more minutes of rest.

Less stress: If your commute is a hectic one, you'll feel much less stress if you're not driving every day.

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