Car Pooling


A car pool or car sharing is when two or more people travel together in one car, instead of separately. There are a number of advantages to car pooling including;













Save money

Share costs with your TripMates and cut your petrol or diesel bill by at least fifty percent! Reduce parking costs and company car parking costs.


Save time

Sharing your trips reduces traffic congestion, so if every driver took one passenger, traffic would be cut in half!


Save the planet

Carpooling can cut your carbon emissions hugely - the average commuter emits 118 tonnes of carbon a year; every car off the road makes a big difference to the environment.


Did you know?: 86% of journeys in Ireland are single occupancy



And if you must drive here are a few Motoring Tips:


All of the actions listed below can reduce the energy consumption of your motoring and in turn save you money.


When (Not) to Use the Car

● Avoid using your car for short or unnecessary journeys.  You could try walking or cycling short journeys, which is great for your health.

● Check if public transport can get you there.

● Plan your journey, try phoning ahead to make sure the journey is worthwhile / essential

● Try combining trips (such as shopping and the school run) to avoid taking the car out several times.

● Or see if you can share the car journey with someone else, at least taking one car off the road.

● Try to use less congested routes and avoid rush hours if possible.


A few simple steps you can take when driving to reduce fuel consumption and improve efficiency:


● Even if you only have to wait 30 seconds, it is more economical to switch the engine off and start it again when necessary.

● A less aggressive, energy conscious driving style could reduce your fuel consumption by 10% and reduce harmful emissions by 30-40%.

● Tyres 0.5 bar below manufacturers recommended pressure increase wear and fuel consumption by 2-3%.

● At bends, reducing speed gently and in time and accelerating smoothly when you are halfway through will reduce excessive fuel consumption.

● Lower speeds are safer, but driving at high speed (over 80km/h and especially over 100km/h) also uses more fuel and causes more pollution.

● A cold engine uses significantly more fuel than a warm engine – try to avoid using your car for very short journeys.

● The rear window demister being on uses 3-5% more fuel.  Remember to switch it off when the window is clear.

● Safe and economical driving requires you to maintain a sufficient distance behind the car in front - a minimum of 10m for every 15km/h speed.  This way you can brake and accelerate more smoothly.

● By removing unused bike racks or roof boxes you can save 15-40% more fuel and by using the car’s vents rather than leaving the windows or sun roof open you can save a further 3-5%.



Westport Town Council, Altamont Street, Westport, County Mayo, (Ballinrobe Rd, opposite Railway Station).

Phone: (098) 50400. Email