As an industry expert in car sharing, we at Drive lah have seen firsthand the numerous benefits that this transportation option offers both individuals and communities.

Not only does car sharing provide a convenient and cost-effective way to get around in Singapore, but it also has innumerable environmental and societal benefits. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the key advantages of car sharing and how it helps to reduce the negative impacts of personal car ownership on our planet.

Fewer cars on the road

​First and foremost, car sharing helps to reduce the number of cars on the road. When individuals or households use a shared vehicle in Singapore instead of owning one themselves, it reduces the demand for new cars to be manufactured and sold. This, in turn, helps to decrease the overall carbon footprint of the transportation sector.

Based on a recent study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, 

Each shared car on the road can replace between nine and 13 privately-owned vehicles. 

This means that car sharing can significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the transportation sector.

Better use of cars

In addition to reducing the number of cars on the road, car sharing also promotes more efficient use of vehicles in Singapore. When a shared car is in use, it is being utilized to its full potential. This is in contrast to privately-owned cars, which are often only used a few hours per day and spend the majority of their time parked and inactive. By using shared vehicles more efficiently, car sharing helps to reduce the overall amount of energy and resources consumed by the transportation sector.

Decreases traffic and congestion on roads

Another benefit of car sharing is that it can help to reduce traffic congestion in Singapore and improve air quality. When more people opt to use shared vehicles instead of driving their own cars, there are fewer cars on the road, which can help to ease congestion and improve the flow of traffic. This, in turn, can reduce the amount of time people spend stuck in traffic and improve their overall quality of life. In addition, fewer cars on the road can lead to improved air quality, as there is less vehicle exhaust being emitted into the atmosphere. This is particularly important where air pollution is often a major concern.

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Encourages active travel among individuals

By taking away the pressure on a long-term commitment to owning a car people in Singapore who share cars have more liquid cash, which they are able to use for their other activities.

Car sharing also has a major financial benefit. Shared vehicles are typically used for shorter trips and are only paid for when they are in use, which means that users only pay for the transportation they need. This can save individuals a significant amount of money on car ownership expenses such as fuel, maintenance, and insurance.

Also Read: The real cost of owning a car v/s car sharing in Singapore

Cost-efficient for communities

For communities, car sharing can help to reduce the overall cost of transportation. When fewer people own cars, there is less demand for parking spaces, which can lead to lower construction and maintenance costs for parking lots and garages. In addition, car sharing can help to reduce the amount of money that communities need to spend on infrastructure such as roads, as shared vehicles are typically used more efficiently and put less wear and tear on these assets.

Sustainable mode of transportation

Car sharing can promote more sustainable and active transportation options. When individuals have access to shared vehicles, they may be more likely to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, biking, or public transit for shorter trips. This can help to encourage more sustainable transportation habits and promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Creates more space for greener cities

Car sharing helps to reduce the number of cars on the road, which can help to create more space for greener initiatives in our cities. With fewer cars taking up space on the streets and in parking lots, cities can allocate more resources to creating green spaces and promoting sustainable development.

In addition, car sharing can help to reduce the need for large, multi-level parking garages. By reducing the demand for these structures, we can create more space for sustainable development.

Convenient mode to travel 

Car sharing allows individuals to have access to a vehicle when they need one, without the hassle of owning and maintaining a car. This can be particularly convenient when you need a car for a shorter duration to run errands or if you are a car enthusiast, it gives you an opportunity to try a variety of cars every time.

Also Read: How To Select A Fuel-Efficient Car In Singapore For Car Sharing & Renting

Leads to personal growth

Car sharing can help younger people to develop responsible driving habits and learn to be more mindful of their impact on the environment. When you rent a car from a platform like Drive lah, where cars are owned by people in your neighborhood, you realize how well car owners take care of their cars, unlike a car rental company which is purely commercial.

By using shared vehicles, individuals can learn to be more mindful of the resources they consume and the impact they have on the world around them


In conclusion, car sharing is a convenient and cost-effective transportation option that has numerous environmental and societal benefits. By reducing the number of cars on the road, promoting more efficient vehicle use, and encouraging sustainable transportation habits, car sharing can help to create a more sustainable and livable future for all of us.

About Drive lah

Drive lah is the leading peer-to-peer car sharing and rental platform in Singapore where you rent cars at 30% - 40% lower cost than other car rental companies. With over 1350 varieties of cars listed on our platform, hosted by car owners, you will always find a car that suits your need in your neighbourhood, Try personally owned, well-maintained cars for your next road trip, or when you want to run an errand in Singapore.