Carpooling Programs to Help Cut Gasoline Costs

Posted on 03/11/2011

With eye-popping prices at the pump more commuters are looking for ways to save money. With recent gains in gas prices popularity in carpooling programs is also revving up. Consider using one of these tools to share a ride and to help share the cost of fuel.

Zimride - Zimride helps fill all those empty seats in your car by combining carpooling with social media. The site focuses on college, university and corporate communities so that drivers and riders can connect through common networks, interests and friends before deciding to hit the road together.

Avego - Avego helps drivers turn solo car trips into shared travel in a moment’s notice. Just download the free Avego iPhone app and offer up empty seats to those who need them who happen to be on your route. The cool thing about Avego is that you’ll receive a payment for offering up a seat in your vehicle. - Your next door neighbor might work near you and you don’t even realize it. With you can try to locate others in your neighborhood who may be willing to pitch in some gas money and share the ride. Not only does the site help connect you with a community of carpoolers, the site also offers free tools like printable flyers that you can post at your office.

Carticipate - Carticpate is kind of like FourSquare for your car. Download the iPhone or Facebook app and spread the word about your driving plans to friends, family members or co-workers. The app will match you up with local participants who want to go where you’re headed. - Finding a carpool buddy is easy with Sign up for a free account, place your listing, and find potential matches. It’s up to you to connect with other commuters but then you’ll benefit from the savings. And maybe you’ll even enjoy your commute more knowing it’s not costing you quite as much.

By Alison Storm

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