It’s no secret that increased global oil demand and higher gasoline prices have become the norm nowadays. And while, for a long time, few people cared about how much gasoline they used (supplies seemed abundant and the cost per gallon was practically negligible), that’s no longer the case. What’s more, the way we use fuel here at home has a butterfly effect on our environment and the world economy – it affects things not just here, but also around the world.
Here at Carpingo, we’re constantly monitoring fuel economics in order to better understand how our Brooklyn car sharing service can benefit not just our customers but also the environment in which we live. By sharing a vehicle, and the fuel that goes into it, you’re helping promote a more efficient use of our fleet, reduce roadway congestion, and helping to cutback on the amount of greenhouse gases that are being released into the atmosphere.
But did you know that your commitment to Brooklyn car sharing goes even further than that? The following are five ways in which your fuel usage (and subsequent conservation) impacts your lifestyle, the planet’s prosperity, and global economics.
1. Gasoline Usage Affects Our Personal Well-Being
It’s estimated that the average American household spent roughly $2,200 on fuel for vehicles back in 2009. Today, the average American spends nearly 10 percent of their annual income on their vehicles, both in general upkeep and refueling costs.
Here at Carpingo, we include prepaid gas cards in all of our Brooklyn car sharing vehicles so that our members won’t have to spend their own money on fuel. This provides our members with less stress, less debt, greater comfort, and greater financial security.
2. Gasoline Usage Impacts the Price of Gas
Fuel prices are all based on the simple concept of supply and demand. Oil prices go up as our energy use and demand increases and the supply tightens. (Of course, oil prices are also affected by things like political tensions, production decisions and refinery disruptions, however these factors are out of our general control; how we choose to use fuel is something we can impact).
Oil prices are likely to remain high due to oil demand all over the world. That being said, the more people who work together or commit to a Brooklyn car sharing program, the faster we can reduce this demand and consequently influence the markets. When large numbers of people take fuel-efficiency seriously, it can add up to measurable savings of both money and energy.
3. Emissions Dirty the Air We Breathe
Did you know that the transportation sector, including personal vehicle use, accounts for 50 percent of the nation’s urban air pollution? Vehicles are also a significant contributor to air toxics, pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer, this according to the Alliance to Save Energy. What’s more, conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and other breathing problems are exacerbated by unhealthy air that comes from transportation-related pollutants.
Brooklyn car sharing customers have the power to improve the air we breathe and help reduce respiratory conditions by reducing the number of vehicles on the road and driving more sensible when behind the wheel of a vehicle.
4. Fuel Consumption Impacts the Nation’s Well-Being
When gas prices increase, so does the price tag on a number of other essential goods, like food that needs to be transported, airline tickets, delivery services, and more. Interestingly enough, experts have found that oil prices have become a good predictor of economic uncertainty, stating that oil prices have preceded every recession since 1971.
The more people rely on a personal vehicle, the greater the impact is on our global economy. Joining a Brooklyn car sharing program and reducing your consumption will do a small part to help alleviate this need.
5. Gasoline Demand Affects Our Dependency on Foreign Oil
The U.S. has access to only 2 percent of the world’s known oil reserves. And, while the country only accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, the American people consume 25 percent of the world’s oil. In order to fuel this demand (pun intended), oil companies are forced to import oil, often from politically unstable regions of the world.
Statistics have shown that 10 to 14 vehicles are retired every time a new car share vehicle makes its way to a fleet. Fewer vehicles on the road require less fuel, which ultimately helps to increase the nation’s energy security.
As you can see, your personal dependency on oil is closely related to global fuel markets and economics. That being said, even a small change on your part, like joining a Brooklyn car sharing community, can help impact the world in a positive way.
So what are you waiting for? Join today!