For those times when owning and driving your own vehicle and walking aren’t options, there are alternatives: car sharing and public transportation. To figure out which of these alternative works best for you, ask yourself a few questions:
- How much time do I need to get from point A to point B and how much time do I have?
- How regularly will I use this mode of transportation?
- How much time am I willing to spend to commute?
How long is your travel time?
For people who don’t mind extra commute time, the answer between carshare versus public transportation is obvious. Public transportation generally takes you longer to get to your destination due to a couple factors. If you’re taking a train, bus, lightrail or subway, take into account the time it takes to stop at each station. Depending on how far you’re traveling, this can add several minutes to your commute time. For those who don’t mind the extra time, public transportation is the cheaper and better option.
For those who prefer a speedy commute and would rather not abide by a bus schedule, try car sharing. With car sharing, you can make a reservation to pick up a vehicle when you want and travel on your own time. If traffic is common where you live, this may not be the quicker option for you.
What will you be traveling for?
If you’re looking for a way to get to work or get somewhere else you go on a regular basis, take this into account when deciding your mode of transportation. College students may find car sharing more useful for running errands such as a quick grocery store run or stopping by the bank. Research shows most people use carshare to make trips, run errands and make multiple stops. Most people don’t use it as a daily commute.
Car Share vs. Public Transportation
When deciding between car sharing or public transportation, remember each method of transportation is used for different reasons. Many people who use public transportation also use car sharing services and vice versa. Before making the trip to where you need to, look at your circumstances and weigh your options. Spend less money by hopping on the bus or have the freedom of not abiding by a bus schedule by car sharing. Whatever you decide, remember the best way to get around is safely and efficiently. Be aware of your surroundings if you use public transportation and buckle up if you decided to car share!
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