Do you car share?

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  1. qwerty321

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    Just following on a little from the fuel price thread. I was wondering if anyone here car shares to get to work? Just out of curiosity.

    Ive recently started a car share at my new job and did it at my last well.

    At the moment the person I share with doesn't drive so I just take a contribution for fuel. Saves me £100 a month over a 50 mile round trip so all good. :) Also helps that the person I now share with lives a 2 minute drive away!

    With my previous one it was just doing an equal number of days each, good chance to get some extra sleep in the mornings!

    EDIT: Was going to add a Yes/No poll but accidentally posted!
     
  2. Stuey1

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    Yes,

    I car share on a 70 mils a day round trip... Much prefer only having myself to think about but the cost of that daily trip is prohibitive to driving myself.

    The only thing that annoys me about it is if the other person is late or i have to wait outside there house but i suppose the positives outweight the negatives
     
  3. FZR400RRSP

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    I get frustrated when sitting in a queue of cars, each one with only one person in it.
    But at the same time, the thought of car sharing scares me.
    One colleague stays about 1/4 mile away, it's feasible.
    But I can't stand being driven, I'd have to drive.
    And then there's the chance of them being late etc.
    Then I'd feel the 'need' to chat with them, when I'd really rather blast music.
    Etc.etc.
    But if they made special concessions for car sharing (dedicated lanes etc.) I'd think about it.
     
  4. imightbewrong

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    Train-sharer here.
     
  5. MIghtyG

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    car sharing wouldnt really work for me, I need to go to too many meetings on my own and often at the drop of a hat. Need my own transport sadly.

    Not too big of an issue for me anyway since I stay less that 5 miles away from my work :laugh:
     
  6. SkilledNutter

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    My Wife and I share one car. She works on route to my place of work. She has to work an extra 40 minutes a day than myself due to travelling time.

    But we save a fortune.
     
  7. qwerty321

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    Don't you only live a few miles away from work anyway?
    If I was sharing with someone that started being constantly late then I'd stop sharing with them.
    I don't feel the need to chat with them. I get one with them because we work on the same stuff so common interests but on my last car share we used to leave fairly early so the passenger used to just nod off to sleep in the morning.
     
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    Double post sorry.
     
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    Yeah, only about 4 miles, but it can still take 30 mins +
    And it's unwalkable, before anyone starts....:rolleyes:
     
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    I used to car share a couple of years ago but knocked it on the head. To me it was not worth it as the other person liked to leave half an hour earlier than I did, which was not fun on cold winter mornings. Plus, in our line of work quite often one person gets an 'early' and leaves over an hour before end of shift, which created problems.

    I only lived twenty minutes from work then but now I've moved and it's just over a ten minute journey. A number of colleagues live near me and car share but I don't think it's worth the savings, hassle and increased journey time from picking everyone up.

    More to the point I like my own space where I don't have to chat to people.
     
  11. qwerty321

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    Wow. 25 miles takes me around 40 minutes and that's leaving at 8am.
     
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    I know.
    Queues queues queues.
    Third gear and I get a nosebleed.
     
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    Cyclable?
     
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    I used to car share, only had to drive one week in three. It was great. Now I train share and I get to snooze for an extra half hour every morning and evening.
     
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    Not safely, it's B-roads.
    To be honest, a lot of the queuing is caused by people brave/stupid enough to cycle along it.
    Traffic can't get past them.......queues queues queues.
     
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    TV and movies on the ipod for me :) Watched The Sopranos over the Autumn - good times.
     
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    No i use a motorbike for work :)

    Isn't there an issue with insurance if you car share ?
     
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    Can't imagine so, as long as you are covered for commuting.
     
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    No, I like to fart in my car.
     
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    I seem to remember years ago somebody i knew made a claim against the driver of the car he was in when they had an accident , because the driver was accepting money for the lift .

    I could be wrong
     
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    Oh you can't charge for driving that's for sure. You can charge for the share of petrol.
     
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    I'm pretty sure a general insurance exclusion is "for hire or reward"
    But does the other person only paying for a share of the petrol count as that?
     
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    Sure, but there is there is no 'hire or reward' for car sharing.
     
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    I thought 'National car share' website would give a definitive answer, but even they only use the term "it is our understanding".

    http://www.nationalcarshare.co.uk/ncs/faq
     
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    I'd just like to point out that bikes are traffic and when it's busy on my commute I'm always getting held up by cars.

    Perhaps if more people cycled everyone would benefit.
     
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    Same here. It is where I watch 90% of my stuff. Talented Mr Ripley this morning.
     
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    Used to car share then the other guy went part-time so back on my own. Last year made the decision to sell the car get a Brompton on the ride-to-work scheme and cycle-train-cycle to work. Saved a bit of money (although only because we now just have the one car), but the stress levels are much lower.

    Bit cold at the moment but no scraping the ice off the screen in the morning, I'm fitter (and thinner) than before, and it hasn't really changed the time I leave or get home in the morning.
     
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    When their insistence on cycling along a hopelessly unsuitable road causes major tailbacks, they're not only inconveniencing people but they're causing safety issues.
    Surely there comes a time in a cyclist's mind when they think

    "You know what....that road would be daft to use"

    Or are they so bloody minded in their desire to cycle that literally any road is fair game?
     
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    What? Have plebs in the Scirocco? The Cocker Spaniel would not like that one little bit.
     
  30. Dave

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    They have as much right as anyone else to use that road so no I never think it would be daft to use a certain road.

    Cycling on a certain road isn't dangerous at all, impatient car drivers who go apoplectic because they are delayed by 20 seconds are where the danger lies because they try and overtake me where there really isn't room and have absolutely no regard as to what it's like trying to cycle in heavy traffic.

    It's not the cyclist causing the safety issue, it's the car drivers. Perhaps if more people were "bloody minded" about cycling we'd have less cars on the road, less tailbacks, less pollution and fitter, healthier people.

    I drove to work the other day for the first time in over 6 months and it was horrible. I sat there freezing until the car warmed up, sat in loads of traffic, it was horrible.
     

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