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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #27

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring. This week we’re looking at car sharing initiatives. Yes, you can cut the cost of motoring by getting someone else to foot the fuel bill for a short time. However, you will have to repay the favour at some point. But, for the time you’re sharing a car with friends or work colleagues you’re driving less, which is a great way to reduce the cost of motoring.

Cut the cost of motoring tip #27 – Consider a car share scheme

Book Theory Test Today says: “For this to work, you would have to share with a person you get along with. Alternatively, you could share with a person you’re not so friendly with and wait until they notice that you’re running up their fuel bill and increasing their cost of motoring before they rid themselves of you.” If you’re interested in cutting the cost of motoring using a car share scheme, here are a few websites that will help you. BlaBlaCar – Formed in France in 2006, BlaBlaCar arrived in the UK five years later. It now has over 10 million users in Europe. You can search for potential car share candidates without registering. However, you do need to register for free via Facebook or email to get in touch with drivers or offer a lift. Carpooling – Formerly known as Rideshare, this site lets you identify possible matches prior to registering with them. You can register once you find a driving buddy that matches what you’re after. The site boasts over four million registered users throughout Europe, not just the UK, and tends to be the ‘go to site’ for longer trips. For added safety, the site only permits you to travel with authenticated service users who have proven their ID. It provides a rating system allowing you to read reviews on users that you’re looking to carpool with. Liftshare – Enter your details on Liftshare, and then enter the journey you’d like to share. You can then review the results for matching commuters. You can also choose to receive weekly or monthly emails informing you of new matches and yes, you can search for potential matches prior to registering. Book Theory Test Today says: “Car share schemes are a growing trend, not only in the UK, but Europe-wide. Motorists value them as a great way to cut the cost of motoring and share the burden of driving.”

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