ride4cents.org - your carpooling service in Europe.
At our website, you can find someone who is looking for a ride, or find an extra seat in a someone else's vehicle. Whichever option you choose all travellers share in the transportation costs , which means less money out of your pocket travelling to and from your destination.
Carpooling (also known as ride-sharing or, in the UK, lift-sharing and even, confusingly, as car sharing), is shared use of a car, in particular for commuting to work, often by people who each have a car but travel together to save costs. There are sometimes special facilities for carpoolers, including designated pick-up points and high-occupancy vehicle lanes which are also at time opened up to designated cars with multiple riders. Carpool projects have been around in fairly structured form going back to the mid-seventies, and in recent years have begun to make much more extensive use of the internet and software support systems. With the recent advent of mobile phones and SMS, there is a push to integrate these technologies into more flexible systems on the web.
Ride sharing is an alternative to get to and connect with people at other large events, such as music festivals and conferences.
Carpools may be formed through word of mouth by friends and colleagues, or through online carpooling services.
Carpools save money. When one shares a car/vehicle with other commuters he or she saves on fuel cost, parking cost and vehicle maintenance cost.
Carpools decongest roads.
Carpools reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emissions thereby reducing global warming.
Higher occupancy rates also can reduce consumption of oil thereby reducing corresponding political and economic risks, emissions of greenhouse gases, common pollution.
Carpools save considerable expenses from gasoline, oil, tires, car depreciation, tolls, parking, and in some cases insurance.
Carpools may provide social connections in an increasingly disconnected society. New online carpooling services are offering new ways to make social connections through discussion sites and custom ridesharing services.
Some larger carpools offer "sweeper services" of late pick-up options for people having to stay longer at work. One form of backup is an arrangement with a local taxi company.
Drivers carry the additional burden of potential legal action from passengers in case of an accident.
Carpooling combines many of the disadvantages of public transportation (lack of privacy, not on-demand) with the disadvantages of the automobile (low safety, high fuel consumption).
Tends to be rather complicated to organise seriously and are difficult to keep together, due not least to changing travel patterns and needs.
Hitchhiking (also called lifting, thumbing or hitching, Thumb up a ride) is a form of transport, in which the traveller tries to get a lift (ride) from another traveller, usually a car or truck driver or occasionally even a motorcycle driver. Hitchhiking is also called by the French term autostop, especially in Europe.
The distance covered may vary from a short distance that could also be walked, to a long journey involving many rides. Those who choose to hitchhike usually do so for one or more of three reasons: necessity (limited or no funds, no transportation, missed a bus or train, stalled or broken vehicle, accident, etc.), environmental efficiency (re-using rides rather than creating new ones), or adventure (serendipitous travel, meet new and unexpected people).
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