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The 3 best car sharing programs in the USA for those wanting to cut down the cost of owning their own vehicle

Ridesharing has morphed into car sharing

As we move towards smarter more efficient and green futures people are looking for ways to cut down on the owning of vehicles.  This used to fall under the carpooling trend where people would take turns to drive to work or take kids to schools.  The cost of petrol and parking were covered in a monthly pool.This has since morphed into actual car sharing where there is only one car rented by a few people who have a sort of timeshare if you will on the vehicle.
The rules, prices and regulations for each depend on the program one goes for.
Before delving into one of these programs it is best to do your homework.  Yelp is a good source of consumer information and reviews.

3 Best car sharing programs in the USA

#1 Zipcar
Zipcar has named itself as the world no.1 car sharing platform.  This company was bought out by Avis in 2013 and is now one of the company’s subsidiaries.With over one million users worldwide this company is a forerunner in this sector.
Members can reserve a car anywhere in the world this company is represented.  It has its presence in nine countries. This makes the concept a lot more convenient and cheaper to hire a car if you are going to one of the five hundred countries in which you can find them.

#2 Car2Go
This car share is owned by motor giant Daimler and has a presence in fifteen major North American cities. Unlike other car shares, this is more a point to point share where you pay up to forty-one cents per minute usage. There is no deposit, car running costs, parking costs or annual fees.  The downfall is that you have to take the car at the exact minute you booked it and drop off on time or you get charged early or late fees.

#3 Enterprise
Ten years ago Enterprise car rental branched out into the car-sharing business.  It is proving to be a good move for them.
It has tons of energy friend Hybrid cars to attract the new generation of green energy conscious. Enterprise took over Philly-car share absorbing its thirteen-thousand members.  Not long after that, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand and then IGO.
Enterprises car share subsidiaries now have a presence on more than one-hundred thirty campuses, has over three-hundred business accounts and a growing number of government contracts.

Future rail trends that will be implemented in the not too distant future

The trend toward rail usage

In recent years there has been an increase in the usage of trains for transport.  Cutting down the cost of travel, having to sit in huge traffic jams and to cut down on the impact on the environment. As such, there has been an increased need for railways to deliver new innovative and more efficient services.

Future rails trends

Automatic driverless trains
This is not uncommon on the slower moving protected rails.  There are even some fully automatic driverless metros such as those in Copenhagen and the UK.

These trains are equipped with the most advanced safety features, obstruction sensors and fire detection sensors for the passenger’s ultimate safety.

Soon most of the trains operating throughout the world will be driverless.

Freight Trains
The trucking industry is huge in most countries, you don’t go a couple of miles on most motorways throughout the world with passing a couple of huge trucks.  Not only do the cause congestion and some major pileups but they damage roads too costing millions each year in road repairs.  Road repairs in turn cost drivers time which equates to even more money being spent.

A university in Germany is working on a project looking at freight trains as the fifth alternative to freight transport.

Maglev Trains
Invented by Eric Laithwaite, an English inventor, of which the first train could only travel at 42km/hr. and covered a 600m distance in 1984.Since then his invention has undergone some changes and operates in Shanghai who started the first line in 2004, running on the Shanghai Maglev line.  A 30.5km high-speed magnetic levitation line.  It has an operational speed of 430km/hr. and an average speed of 251km/hr.Although this is a great concept this train came at a huge cost to make and has not as yet been a good return on the investment.  The cost to build this train and the line on which operates cost $1.2 billion.

Infographic by: amadeus.com

The top value for money cars to buy in 2018

What makes a car value for money?

There are a lot of really awesome cars on the market today. Their sleek lines, power and gadgets are enough to seduce any car enthusiasts. Some cars, although you would give anything to own, are just not that practical or affordable for everyday use or the average person on the street.

Most people will go for a car that has the looks, a bit of power, comfort and most of all will stand the test of time so that they will get some good mileage from the vehicle.  Then there is the safety, road handling and ease of use.

Top value for money cars for 2018

2018 Kia Soul

Image source: kia.com

The Kia Soul comes in as one of the best small cars you can get for your money.

The vehicles contemporary design and unusual colors make it stand out from the crowd.  It’s cost of ownership and starting price make it hard to beat in the cost department as well.

This small car has a rather roomy interior and all the modern gadgets that one expects to find in a car in this century.

2018 Audi A3

Image source: audiusa.com

Cost: $31 950
If you are looking for an affordable mid-sized luxury car then this is it.  Not only does Audi perform as you would expect from an Audi, but it has all the trimmings and luxury you would expect from Audi as well.

The starting price of the A3 is lower than that of some cars in the same class that are not marked as luxury vehicles.

If it is good value for money you are looking for with a bit of luxury and class this is certainly the car for you.  A bonus is that these cars service plans and cost of ownership of five years comes in below that of many of the other lesser models in the same size.