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Carpooling Apps: an Easy Way to Save Money


Carpools are back on the rise. Gas prices are rising with no end in sight, traffic accidents are an ever present danger, and the dramatic pollution that billows forth from the fleets of cars on our road are all contributing factors to the emerging trend toward carpools. Plus it’s something you can do with friends and coworkers.


What are Carpooling Apps?

Carpooling apps are pretty much what they sound like. Download an app, get in touch with other people who are interested in taking the same route you’re taking, save a bunch of money. Many services charge a subscription fee. Some of the bigger ride-share programs like Uber and Lyft are both breaking early into this game, and consumers are satisfied. Frequent users cite low prices, flexibility, and convenience as key reasons to get involved in carpooling apps.

What do Carpooling Apps Offer Users?

So what do users get out from carpooling app? In a few words: ease, affordability, and flexibility. Users are responding very well so far to this newly developing technology. This gadgetry offers quite a bit of simple goodness for any commuter, vacationer, or any other person who just needs a lift.
  • Ease. Apps are easy to get involved with. Your smartphone’s app store will have a few available for free or for a small fee. Download one, register, and follow the directions to get connected with similar-minded travelers. It’s quick and convenient, and you’ll easily develop a solid network of fellow users in no time. 
  • Affordability. Cabs are expensive. Carpool apps are not. You’re not paying an employee’s wages when use one of these services. You’re paying for the app. You and your new pals can figure out the rest. And speaking of, you might be able to save even more money once you’ve got an established group together. Once you’ve made connections with these people, you could ditch the app and simply make it work between the two (or three) of you.
  • Flexibility. Sick of having to stick to a bus’s schedule? With a carpool app, you’ll be able to design your routes, ones catered specifically to your transportation need.  
Additionally, more carpooling means fewer cars on the road. This decreases pollution, of course, but it also makes the roads safer. Fewer cars means fewer chances of accidents. And traffic accidents kill over 30,000 Americans yearly, according to Mushkatel, Robbins and Becker, P.L.L.C.

So What’s Next?

What does the future look like for these apps? Well so far, things are looking well. These programs have been popular with a variety of people. Uber and Lyft have courted their fair share of controversies over the last few years, but they’ve kept on going without a real hitch so far. And as the internet continues to become less anonymous, it will become easier for user to view ratings and check to see how trustworthy fellow users are. Expect to see competitive pricing, easier ways to rate and check driver trustworthiness, and as always with technology: expect the unexpected.



Carpooling Apps: an Easy Way to Save Money Reviewed by Brandon Oh on 12:13 AM Rating: 5

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