The idea behind Ride sharing or car pooling as it’s called in some quarters is basically the sharing of journeys with several people in a single vehicle. It’s very possible that Nigerians have been doing this particular activity without knowing what it really is and its benefits. Consider those that work in Lagos Island and live on the Mainland; a whole lot of them come in groups via a colleague’s private car and have designated times to meet in the morning (when leaving the house) and in the evening (when leaving the office). Never mind that your car will get dirty, it may just be a one off. Here are five reasons why ride sharing is of utmost importance;
Fuel Price is at N145
I can agree that the new fuel price is really exorbitant and has unfortunately led to inflation of transport prices. For guys that use public transport and even personal cars, ride sharing is worth taking up as it helps in reducing the amount of money you spend on buying fuel.
This piece from The Punch Newspaper sheds more light on what Nigerians have done after the fuel price hike.
Lagos traffic is killing
I personally hate traffic and I know lots of people don’t like the crazy Lagos traffic, it’s really appalling and annoying, a large amount of productive time is wasted. What car pooling does is that it reduces the amount of cars on the road and in turn leads to less traffic.
Reduces Gas emissions
Driving in traffic might be a horrible experience, but having that combined with a great cloud of witnesses packaged with harmful exhaust gases is just not nice. Ride sharing reduces the number of cars on the road and in turn reduces the amount of harmful gas emissions. More like our own little way of protecting “Mother Earth”.
You can make profits
For someone that’s interested in sharing his/ her car with others, there is a high possibility of making money from it. You could even get a full refund of the fuel you buy. Your passengers, friends or colleagues as the case may be, have to pay transport fares in exchange for your services and your comfort too.
You could have fun
Especially for long trips, car pooling offers a high level of fun with friends and loved ones. Having to drive on Nigerian roads is one thing, but driving alone on them is surely a disaster.
You could click here to read an article that presents “Ride sharing” as a tip for traveling in periods of fuel scarcity.
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