Are drivers causing a stall in the bid to increase car sharing?

Are drivers causing a stall in the bid to increase car sharing 30th November 2015

In order to battle climate change and make sure the nation is moving towards a greener future, the last few years has seen a rise in the number of companies nationwide encouraging car sharing between employees. But is this being hampered by bad habits behind the wheel? 

According to the BBC's survey of 2,000 motorists, only 28 per cent of people said they have tried car sharing at some point. 

However, only 18 per cent then went on to say they car share on a daily basis, showing that many are actually put off the idea, and that the UK will likely fall well short of a target to have a million car sharers nationwide by 2020.

Incompatible habits behind the wheel, the BBC said, are to blame for many people being turned off to car sharing. The main issue that people face is bad or dangerous driving, with 51 per cent saying the way someone else drives has made them not want to share a car with them. 

Other things that turn people off car sharing include bad wind, which most people would see as completely unacceptable. However, there are also trivial issues stopping people from car sharing. This includes the likes of simply not getting on with the other person or having nothing to talk about, and the battle for car stereo control, with one party not impressed by the music the other chooses to play on the way to work. 

So how could the car sharing revolution actually become a reality in the UK? There are a number of steps that can be taken to make this happen, whether it be the Policy Exchange think-tank's idea that drivers simply need to be offered road tax breaks if sharing the commute, or simply increasing the flow of information that shows the benefits for the environment of car sharing daily. 

Posted by Danielle Barge