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How SUV’s can help the concept of carpooling

There are a few things that no one likes. Say, depleting ozone layer, melting polar caps, traffic jams, getting late for work, pollution, heat, rising fuel prices, public transport… you get the idea.

It’s not as if there is no solution though, it is most probably the only solution that solves so many problems and more than ‘quite-a-few’ people have already started it. Without building further suspense I’ll tell you that I’m talking about carpooling. I’ve also seen websites that can be used to find fellow poolers- yes, in India! It has begun… In fact, a few sites also give the option of finding poolers through sms!

Now, I have not used it (till now) but it seems like the general way of functioning is that people travelling on similar routes can tag along with the person who owns the car and he gets some points from the websites. The points can be redeemed for petrol and stuff.

How is car pooling helpful??
The simplest example is- imagine 5 guys going to work in their 5 respective cars. They occupy their respective space on the roads, contribute their respective share of pollution and pay their individual share of fuel. Now imagine all 5 of them in 1 car. 5 times less pollution, 5 times more empty roads and 5 times reduced costs on fuel! Forget 5 guys, take just 2 people and you have still reduced pollution, congestion and fuel costs by HALF!

Now for my idea- using SUV’s for car pool. The main problem with car pool is the congestion that might happen inside the car… but SUV’s, as everyone knows, have that problem tackled already. They are more spacious and provide enough room for 5 people to sit extremely comfortably while also keeping their bags in the spacious last row (please don’t call it a dickey). With a little adjustment, 6-7 people can be seated inside happily with their bags. So the car owner, if using one of the websites, can easily adjust more people and earn more points (don’t get greedy and start stuffing people, though).

I know, not everyone travels in large groups but with SUV’s they have a comfortable option to try and expand the pooling group while reducing personal hassles.

SUV’s are also many-a-times accredited with better suspension (they should be, considering they are supposed to handle the “off-roads” as well). This is a plus point for the Indian roads especially if a group is going to be travelling inside the car.

You can say that a car working on full load will give reduced fuel efficiency and to top it off SUV’s, world over, are considered to be heavy fuel consumers. But, here in India we do things differently, Indian SUV’s do not follow the same route and give similar or sometimes more efficiency than the sedans (users, including me, have been able to achieve an economy of around 15 with their Scorpio).

(afterthought: maybe that is the reason Sumo was so popular with private taxi operators)

All in all, save the environment people… lets car pool (I’m registering myself today!). I really think car pooling may turn out to be a very good option when compared with public transport, once it actually catches on. It gives all the same benefits, in fact more, while reducing the disadvantage.

3 comments:

  1. Pooja said...
     

    Gud concept...Long way to get implemented : As it is INDIA!!!!

  2. Anonymous said...
     

    its a good thing if you want to avoid public transport, and it will definately help in reducing the traffic and will help in controlling pollution.

  3. Neil coutinho said...
     

    Well, Pooja, it is already there in India:

    www.carpool.in
    www.koolpool.com
    www.carpoolmumbai.com

    You should check it out, its pretty cool...
    Neil

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