By the time you’re done with your afternoon, you might have to get home to change out of your pajamas.
So, what do you do with a car?
Some people might want to park it at the front of the house, but others might prefer to use it as a bed, an office or a home office.
There are also those who may want to use their car as a carpool car.
Carpooling is when two or more people use a car that has been designed specifically to take on other vehicles, such as a bicycle or a truck.
The vehicle can then take on the load of the other vehicle, which can make it a good option for commuters in the morning or evening.
The cost of the car is the main reason carpooling isn’t as popular as it once was.
According to the Bureau of Transport Statistics, in 2015-16, the average household used about 6,500 carpool cars, or 1.8 per cent of the total vehicles.
That was down slightly from 2005-06, when carpools represented 13 per cent.
But, according to research firm IHS, the share of vehicles used by Australians has fallen by 20 per cent since 2006.
IHS said it had seen a decline in the number of people using carpool services, particularly in the last three years, as well as an increase in the use of alternative transport options such as bike sharing and ride-sharing.
Why the change?
While carpool has become more popular, many drivers are looking to their personal vehicles as the best solution for their daily commute.
In the most recent BTA data, the number who took a car was up by 7 per cent, but drivers were using a different type of vehicle.
“There’s been a change in the way that drivers are using car sharing,” said IHS managing director John Boulton.
According to Boul.
“(Carpooling) is still used by a lot of people but is now more of a commuter-type use.”
Boulton said drivers would choose a different vehicle if they needed to go to work, or if they were planning on getting a weekend off.
He said if the owner wanted to get rid of their car, they might not even consider using a car pool.
But carpool drivers may have some issues with how it is structured.
Some carpool owners have opted to buy car insurance to protect against claims.
In 2015, a survey of 1,000 Australians by the ABS found almost two thirds of carpoolers were using car insurance, compared with just over a quarter of people who were not carpooled.
Carpoolers can also face a variety of other issues.
When they do get to their destination, they may have to wait in a car for long periods of time and may not get out of their vehicles as fast as other passengers.
Another challenge is when it comes to getting to work.
If you are going to the office, you may need to get a car there.
And if you need to drive around the city, you are more likely to find yourself in a congestion situation.
Bureau of Transport statistics data shows the average daily car use by Australian drivers was about 8.2 tonnes, compared to 8.1 tonnes in 2016.
With the introduction of the new A$6,000 car tax in April, drivers will be required to drive a minimum of 50 kilometres a day on a single journey.
This means the cost of a new car is likely to be between $1,000 and $1.5,000 per year, according the Bureau.
Topics:business-economics-and-finance,cars,community-and/or-society,social-sciences,travel-and_tourism,education,annastacia-3870,australiaFirst posted September 29, 2019 07:36:46Contact Anna Legg