Dorset County Council is encouraging drivers across the county to think more about their journeys this January in a bid to lower fuel costs.
This month sees car sharing website carsharedorset.com celebrate its 10th anniversary and is all about giving car sharing a try. You can cut your fuel bills in half by sharing a lift to and from work.
Sharing a lift to and from work not only helps you do your bit for the environment, but can also make the journey into work more sociable and fun.
By sharing an 11-mile journey with just one other person you could be saving yourself £322 per year in fuel. Your savings could increase to a massive £429 a year by sharing with two other people.
Dorset also has a free car sharing website to help you find a perfect match for a lift. Carsharedorset.com makes it easy to search for other potential car share partners across the county. There is also a savings calculator which shows how much money you could save. Individuals and businesses that are keen to save money and reduce their carbon emissions are being encouraged to sign up for free.
And you don’t even need a car – if you are just looking for a lift, carsharedorset.com is your answer.
Car sharer Paul Beecroft from Bournemouth said: “I’m amazed at how much money I’m saving by sharing a lift as I travel from Bournemouth to Dorchester four times a week.
“The website was very easy to use and the sign up process was quick and simple. I’ve made new friends and car sharing really makes the journey to and from work more enjoyable.”
County council Cabinet member for environment and the economy, Cllr Peter Finney said: “Running a car has mounting costs, in terms of petrol, maintenance and parking expenses. Car sharing is a fantastic way to save money, reduce congestion on our roads and is a sociable way to travel.
“I would encourage everyone simply to register their journey and do a search. No matter where you live, you’ll be surprised to find how many other people are going your way.”