Carpooling is a popular way of sharing the cost and stress of commuting. By reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, it is also more sustainable and environmentally friendly. There are, however, some dangers of carpooling that all involved need to be aware of before considering getting in another person’s car or indeed inviting others to get into yours.
Dangers of carpooling to drivers and adult passengers
Depending on who you are carpooling with, there may be a risk of ending up with less than friendly strangers or careless drivers that cause you problems or even personal injuries while sharing a vehicle.
While this is rarely a problem when pooling with colleagues or friends, it is definitely a potential problem when looking for people to pool with via online services or smartphone apps. It could be argued that most of these services match people very carefully, but it is still wise to remember how easy it is to hide your real identity and true intentions on the Internet.
Insurance-related dangers of carpooling
While all members of the ABI (Association of British Insurers) have apparently come to an agreement that unless a driver makes a profit from his or her carpooling activities, their insurance will not be affected, regular car insurance may not provide sufficient liability cover in case of a road traffic accident.
Let’s face it, regularly having several passengers in your car can and will increase the potential for personal injuries and liability in case of a motoring accident. If your insurance cover is too low to cover multiple compensation claims against you, for instance, you could end up having to cover them yourself. The potential financial implications of this for you and your family are obvious.
Dangers of carpooling for children
The real dangers of carpooling are those to children. While most parents would not dream of putting their own children into the car without proper seats and seatbelts, having multiple children in a vehicle can make this extremely difficult.
As a result, many kids are allowed to share seatbelts, sit in the front seat or on another child’s lap. The possible consequences of this should a car crash happen are unbearable to even imagine.
When dangers of carpooling become reality
If you or your child were injured while carpooling or other accidents on the road and someone else was responsible for the car accident, you could be entitled to get driver or passenger injury compensation. Talk to us at Accident Advice Helpline on freephone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (on mobiles), now to get your claim started.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown