Luke, regularly finds rides to and from Brighton
Luke, 26 from Brighton is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He makes videos for charities and social enterprises and volunteers for young peoples' charities. Luke told us: "There's loads of reasons I love car sharing. I value the rare occasions I get to meet people outside my work and friend circles. Through these connections I learn so much, and have made some amazing unexpected friendships. The rest of the time, it's just a cheaper, easier and more comfortable alternative to other transport! Meanwhile, fewer cars equals less congestion, pollution and oil dependency, and fewer car parks in our safer, more sociable communities.”
Oliver, regularly finds rides between Canterbury and Paris
Oliver, 22, works in Canterbury as a family support worker. He first heard about BlaBlaCar from his French girlfriend, who has been using BlaBlaCar in France for years. He thought it was a great way to save money and now uses BlaBlaCar regularly to travel to Paris. He looks forwards to when everyone in the UK will know about car sharing and he recommends BlaBlaCar to his friends to help spread the word. Oliver says: “We need to get everyone doing it, here so that the community is as active as in France. It’s a lot nicer being in a car than a bus, travelling by car is also quicker and more direct than public transport. I save 3 hours travelling by car from Canturbury to Paris, as well as meeting interesting people.”
Rebecca, found a ride from Shrewsbury to Cornwall
Rebecca found BlaBlaCar after doing a quick Google search for a car share to visit her family in Cornwall. She doesn’t live in the UK, so doesn’t have a car, and there are no trains to where she needs to go. The rest of the year, she lives in Abu Dhabi, where she is a kindergarden teacher. She says, “Car sharing is a great idea because it’s ecological and you get to meet like-minded people. We need more people involved, so there are rides available all the time. Finding my ride to Cornwall really saved me!”
Pascale, offered rides to and from London and Oxford, every Saturday
Pascale White, a 24 year-old administrator from Bellingham, South East London, first heard about BlaBlaCar on Spotify. Also a professional actress, she was making weekly trips to Oxford for rehearsals with a theatre company there, and decided that it made sense to offer her empty seats and save on her fuel expenses. She told the Mail Online, who interviewed her in December 2012: ‘it has been a good experience. I would definitely use it in the future to save cash and I met some really nice people while travelling, although I didn’t want to chat too much because I wanted to concentrate while driving.” She went on: “I met an American girl and we ended up chatting so much on the journey and had so much in common that we’re meeting up for drinks soon before she flies back home.”
James, offers rides to and from Bristol
James, 29, works as a fitness instructor in Bristol and so travels often to gyms in other parts of the country as well as travelling to visit family. He often gets bored on these long drives and car shares for the company. He doesn't understand why more people don't car share. "You share a travel experience, get to meet interesting people and save money on petrol. It's a sustainable transport solution which breaks down barriers between people, I've shared some wonderful lifts and got to meet some great people."
Mark, regularly offers rides to and from Manchester
Mark, 29, works in sales in Manchester and frequently travels around England, spending a lot of time in the car and money on fuel! He car shares because “it makes sense”, he regularly offers rides on BlaBlaCar and has been voted 5* by two previous passengers. . The environmental aspect of car sharing is important to Mark and he enjoys filling the empty seats in his car, which would otherwise be a wasted resource. Mark says: "Sharing my car means I can save the planet and meet some great people along the way. Plus, it makes a boring journey far more interesting."