Car Pooling

 

 

 

 

There is not simply one answer to Americas Addiction to oil, nor can America’s transportation infrastructure switch instantaneously. This is where the real change begins to rely on each individual commuter, and the small changes each individual can make in their daily commutes. One of the simplest methods of changing a daily commute is to carpool with a fellow commuter headed in the same direction. For an example, look at the town of Narragansett. The town itself is 12 miles long and about three miles wide. In the center is Narragansett High School, which is home to about 400 students and about 80 staff members. The students and staff are spread out amongst the town, and within neighboring towns. Each day, about two hundred cars are driven to the school, carrying about half of the schools population, while the rest take busses. If half of the commuters who took cars, could either ride with another student or faculty member, or take a bus to NHS, than that would remove about 100 cars off of the road each day, without majorly inconveniencing any of the commuters, especially since Narragansett is such a small town and it takes hardly any time to drive from place to place. Even this small change in the number of cars on the road will make a difference, because for each car which comes off of the road, the amount of harmful pollutants such as nitrous oxides, carbon monoxide, and ozone, is reduced (Green Public Transportation). Because every automobile does damage to the environment, even making small partial changes such as this will help America’s emission problems. Carpooling, however, does not just affect those commuters whom participate directly, but rather is beneficial to all commuters on the road. By utilizing carpooling, commuters can remove many cars from the roadways, thus reducing roadway congestion and, in turn, reducing the amount of time all vehicles have to spend on the road and decreasing the overall emissions released by automobiles (C.). This is another reason why carpooling is such a beneficial utilization of our resources. Without seriously imposing on participating commuters daily routines, carpooling can have benefits for all who utilize personal transportation, as well as the environment. A large amount of energy is also saved by utilizing carpooling. Think about it; all of that gas, all of the oil and resources used to get each commuter from one place to another; it all has to come from somewhere. To put this in perspective, think about hospitals. Typically, they are very large buildings which run lights on all floors twenty four hours a day, in addition to the many life saving machines which many rely on. Without a doubt, this requires a very large, constant, input of energy. However, If 1,000 people were to carpool just three times a week, the energy they save could power an entire hospital for 9 days (Energy). The sheer amount of energy saved by simply intermittently carpooling is a large part of why carpooling is so beneficial to the environment, and the United States as a whole. By reducing the amount of energy used by carpooling, commuters’ singlehandedly reduce the amount of energy, in the form of gas, oil, and coal burned for electricity. This in turn will reduce the amount of oil and coal the U.S. needs to import, help to end America’s addiction to foreign oil, and reduce the countries carbon footprint.

 

Alternate Transportation and the U.S. | Copyright 2010 | Last Modified Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:48 AM

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