Fun Facts about Commuting & Carpooling

There are many amazing facts about commuting and carpooling that many people do not know.  For example, did you know:

  1. Average Americans spend 40+ hours each year stuck in traffic.
  2. About 51% of the people who carpoolers are in the same family and 40% of people carpool with their apartment or room mates.
  3. As many as 77% of carpoolers ride with just one other person.
  4. The average carpooler can cut out as much as $600 each month on the cost of their commuting drive.
  5. About 78% Americans drive to work without carpooling at all, which is part of a peculiar two decade-long decrease in carpooling.
  6. By carpooling just twice a week, 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gases can be kept out of the air each year.
  7. If 100 people take advantage of the carpool option every day, more than of 1,320 pounds of carbon monoxide & 2,376,000 pounds of carbon dioxide could be removed from the air.
  8. About 18% of a person’s monthly budget it taken up in car maintenance, repairs, and gas.
  9. If you add at least one carpooler whom you split costs with, it may add 5-10 minutes onto your drive time but may reduce your commuting/auto expenses by as much as half; adding more people means even more savings.
  10. Carpooling means fewer cars on the road each day which means less oil usage, and this can help reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign oil.
  11. If everyone opted to carpool just one day a week, traffic on the nation’s major highways and roads would be reduced by as much as 20%.
  12. If you currently carpool, you can register your carpool with Ticket to Ride in order to log your commute (this will let you know how much you save yourself financially and the community in terms of air quality emissions), be eligible for the Emergency Ride Home benefit, and be eligible for monthly drawings. Register with us at!