iStock_000011994853_resizedLife is stressful. There’s never enough time. We find ourselves strapped for cash. Work keeps piling up. And chances are you’re stuck in traffic every morning and every night. So I’m here to yank you out of your misery and tell you how Ridesharing might save your sanity, your time and your money. It’s not just carpooling or vanpooling. It’s biking, walking and public transit too. As an added bonus, you’re really helping the environment, and that’s pretty awesome. What’s more, UCLA Transportation is giving out $5 gift cards as part of its Rideshare Thursdays contest. Read on for more info.

  1. Money. The average work commute costs about $25 a day. Throw in gas, car depreciation, vehicle maintenance and insurance and you’ll hit about $760 a month. Sharing the ride means sharing the cost, and that adds up.
  1. Time. Carpooling or vanpooling could knock off anywhere from 30-60 minutes of your daily commute. Plus, you can catch up on others things, like sleep, work or that book you’ve been meaning to finish.
  1. Environment. More than 30% of America’s global warming emissions come from transportation, 60% of which are from personally-owned vehicles. If we get enough cars off the road, we could significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Ridesharing also conserves non-renewable energy resources. Two people ridesharing five days a week, 45 weeks a year on a 50-mile roundtrip commute would save roughly 562 gallons of gas.
  1. Health. De-stressing your life can increase your energy, reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke, lower the risk of diabetes and help you lose weight.
Rideshare and Win!
  1. Post a photo or story about your Rideshare commute to your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #UCLARideshare and @UCLACommute. You can also email uclatransportation@gmail.com.
  2. UCLA Transportation will randomly select entries to be published Thursdays on our Be a Green Commuter blog. If you’re chosen, you get a $5 gift card.
  3. All new and existing Rideshare users are eligible to enter.
  4. The contest is open from now until the end of summer. Click here to read the terms and conditions.