If you don’t enjoy any company on the road then this article is not for you. That’s maybe the only drawback of car sharing, but for most people, that’s not a problem at all. That aside, car-sharing is only perks!
For someone who doesn’t have a driving license, it’s a great way to travel by car. It makes you reach your destination faster and sometimes cheaper than most other modes of transport. And if you have a car, it’s the opportunity to share travel costs. Either way, it’s also a great chance to meet new people. Last but not least by any measure, you will help save the planet.
A recent study has shown that ride-sharing apps, general car-sharing schemes, and long-distance car-sharing services all have positive environmental benefits. The average car is not used for more than 90% of its life and on average carries one and/or two people.
Well, maybe you already know what car-sharing is, love the idea but perhaps you don’t know where to start? In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about car sharing in New Zealand!
How car sharing works?
If you have a car (and a driving license) you can easily find room for some passengers. Even if you drive with your life partner, you always have two empty seats at the back. You dread responsibility, what if you have an accident? Don’t worry, insurance policies in New Zealand usually cover your passengers, even if it’s for monetary reward. Check the list of general exclusions though, sometimes you’ll need to pay for a rideshare coverage option.
Some people even find car sharing a good way to secure vehicle finance. Due to its proximity from Japan and South-East Asia, New-Zealand is one of the countries where you can find the cheapest Nissan cars for sale. Those who buy from used car dealers can cover their cost in no time. At the minimum, car sharing can pay your regular auto repair… Did you know that on average, a car costs $11,300 dollars to own and run? Car-sharing can sure help take some load off!
If you don’t have a vehicle, you can consider carpooling with someone who has. Before you do so, make sure there is enough space in the car, especially if you come with a big piece of luggage. If you are allergic to pets, ask the driver if he owns one or is there a chance that you might have to travel with one. If you need to be dropped at a specific place, first ask the driver if he can do a little detour. Eventually, make sure that you agree on how to split the cost before getting in the car. Consider the cost of gas and highway tolls in your share.
Where to find carpoolers?
You won’t need to bargain the price if you find your carpoolers through an app or a website. And luckily for you, car-sharing apps are booming in New Zealand. Though car-sharing here is not as popular as in countries like France, UK or Canada, where it has become a common mode of transportation, more and more users register every day on these platforms. On the apps, you usually get services at pre-agreed fares, with cashless payment options, and 24/7 support.
For long distances, CarpoolWorld has become a must. The company has its wheels spread across the world and is present in New Zealand since 2000 where they proudly boast 650, 000 registered users. Another way to go is Chariot which is a much more selective, with 7564 members last time we checked. They conduct thorough background checks and allow for ride reviews. In the event that you still haven’t found your ride you can try out Coseats, but given the quality of the website, we don’t guarantee the quality of the cars.
For shorter distances, like the daily commute to work and back, a platform like Uber offers a carpooling option. It’s available in Auckland since 2016 and lets you match with commuters who have a similar itinerary. That can make your Uber ride two times cheaper than the regular one. There’s just one problem — Uberpool passengers are often unreliable and unpredictable.
If you find these platforms too formal or if you don’t want to fund the growth of another internet giant, you can always find your ride on the spot. Some people often find rides just chatting with friends and family, with sometimes a little adjustment in the timings of the trip. And there is, of course, the old hitchhiking way.
What are the most common routes?
Well, unfortunately, the practice of car sharing is still in the nascent stage in New Zealand. In cities, people mostly use public transport, and for long distances, buses are most common.
Generally, some popular trips in the country include residential areas to business districts in the urban areas and large cities to other large cities. Sometimes it’s both, like for these mega-commuters who drive back and forth from Hamilton to Auckland every single day of the week. But these are exceptions. Just note that on CarpoolWorld, the most common arrival and departure destinations are, in sequence, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin.
It all makes sense because this is where you have the highest number of cars. And a lot of cars means automotive services, mechanical services, and vehicle services, are available aplenty! Also, since cities in New Zealand have a large public transportation system, that makes it easier for a co-passenger to reach its final destination, incase the drop of point not exactly where they want to get off. We believe with the looming climate change crisis, car-pooling is the future!