Car sharing is a great way to save money, but it also contributes to reducing the impact of driving on local air quality and traffic congestion too. This film, with an accompanying transcript, explains how Bald Baz and Perfect Purdy tried out car sharing.
How much money can I save by car sharing?
How do I find someone to share with?
- Spread the word about car sharing.
- Speak to your colleagues at work – post on a work social media page.
- Put up an advert for a car sharing buddy wanted on a work notice board.
- Try a car sharing matching site - EssexCarShare.com.
- If you work or study at Essex Uni, then they have a dedicated carshare matching scheme, sign up at faxi.co.uk/@CO43SQ.
How do I know it’s safe?
- Don’t give out your full name and home address until you have met your carsharing partner and are happy with your carsharing arrangements. It may be useful to meet your potential car share partner before your first trip to have a chat and get to know them. For your first carsharing trip, meet in a public place.
- Let a friend or family member know who you will be travelling with, when and to where.
- Ask to see your car sharer’s legal documents such as driving licence, car insurance, MOT and tax and ask them for proof of identity, for example a passport or ID badge before you agree to car share.
- A person can share their driving licence details with you by using this Government driving licence information service, enabling you to see driving record and any penalty points they have received. You can check if a vehicle is taxed and passed its MOT using the vehicle enquiry service, if you have the registration number of the vehicle.
- And lastly remember, you are responsible for your own safety and it is up to you whether you decide to car share. If you have any doubts about your car share partner, then you don’t have to travel with them.
Am I insured to car share?
When should I car share?
I don’t have a car. Can I still car share?
Page last reviewed: 24 November 2020