‘We’ve become good friends’: carpooling eases drudgery of commuting

Ride-sharing websites could play a big role in alleviating the UK’s transport pressures if more Brits can be persuaded to share their car with strangers

Louise Stephen used to be one of the millions of commuters in the UK spending hours every day bored and alone in the car. For the past few years the biologist has driven daily from Edinburgh to the outskirts of Glasgow, where she works at a cancer research institute.

“I was stuck in traffic on the motorway one day, looking at all the other drivers sitting without passengers,” says the 31-year-old. “And I thought, ‘This is ridiculous – there must be a better way of doing this’.

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