The Okanagan’s sixth annual Carpool Week runs from Oct. 22 to 26.
Commuters will be encouraged to visit www.carpool.ca and participate in various activities making them eligible to win prizes.
“Apart from lessening our impact on the environment, carpooling makes good economic sense for motorists,” said Wendy Majewski, Vernon’s transportation demand management co-ordinator.
“At a time when people are really trying to decrease their spending, carpooling is an easy way to reduce costs for fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance.”
Vernon is among the communities that uses Carpool.ca, which is secure and free.
According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian household spends over $12,000 per year on transportation alone, the second highest family expense next to shelter.
Among the activities for Carpool Week are submitting a carpool story, using the new Trip Tracker feature to measure savings resulting from trips not taken and using social media to play transportation trivia and carpool tag.
Carpooling is not just for people who live within city limits.
About 20 per cent of commuters drive in from communities outside of major centres.
“It’s important to note that carpooling doesn’t require a large commitment,” said Anne Marie Thornton, manager of Carpool.ca.
“Our desire to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions tends to be secondary to our need for convenience. Consider carpooling once or twice a week to start.”