Sat in traffic with the same people every day, have you considered sharing your journey? Car sharing or lift sharing is a great way to share and reduce the costs of travelling and owning a car. There are so many benefits: save money on fuel costs and the cost of wear and tear on your car, save time looking for a parking space and benefit the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
It is helpful to know that:
- You don’t need to own a car to car share,
- It isn’t necessary that you work at the same place as your car sharer,
- You don’t have to car share every day,
- Most workplaces will offer a guaranteed ride home in case of emergencies.
You can car share on your commute to work, the school run or even a regular shopping trip. There are a number of options available to you for finding journey matches.
Alternatively you can register online with the Hampshire Car Share database where you can search and request journey matches.
Here are some tips and advice to help you ensure your peronsal safety:
- The database will not reveal any of your details to other registered people
- You can agree a convenient pick up point e.g. an open and public place, such as a bus stop or outside a shop.
- Take your ID badge for the first meeting
- Find out what colour and model of car to expect.
- If you want to share with the same gender only, then you can indicate this when you search for a match.
Taxi services are a great complement to travelling by bus, rail, walking and cycling. Taxis can transfer you to/from the rail or bus station or get you home with your shopping after walking or cycling to the shops. The following taxi firms are located in Basingstoke:
- Al Cars: 01256 322020
- Oakview Station Cars: 01256 334500
- Go 470 Taxis: 01256 470470
If travelling by train, for your journey destination traintaxi.co.uk can be used to find out the phone numbers of taxis serving most stations in England.