Thursday, May 22, 2008

Have you figured out a way to save gas yet?

If not, that's OK, either have industry experts!

Whoa, what the heck is going on in that picture above?
It's not as crazy as it looks!

If I could hookup my car to a Semi and hitch a ride to work everyday, I would do it in a heartbeat!

I've seen tons of cars being towed behind RV's!

Just think, if you were hooked up to a Semi on your way to work or going on vacation, what would you do with your extra time? You wouldn't be driving so you might consider: surfing the web or working on your laptop, eating, reading, playing cards, shaving, putting on makeup, or even sleeping!

If two vehicles are headed toward the same destination and have the ability to travel the same path, why not connect the two and share in the fuel cost?

My vision is to create a collaborative web portal where Trucking Companies can post their routes so drivers can login to see where the trucks are scheduled to be and hitch a ride on the semi cab and/or trailer. Drivers can attach to the Big Rigs the same way RV dealers attach cars when transporting RV's between dealerships.

For example, if a truck is running from Flint to Detroit everyday, a commuter can meet up with the truck somewhere along the route, let's say in Flint, and hitch a ride to Detroit.

If it normally costs $12 ($4 Gas X 3 Gallons) for a 20 mile per gallon vehicle to travel 60 miles, then the truck could charge $6 each way.

In this scenario, the Truck Subsidy/Commuter Savings would = $12 per day, $60 per week, $240 per month and $2,880 per year!

Here's an eye opener! Check out the MDOT Driving Cost Calculator. It provides an analysis of how much it costs you to drive, you may want to be sitting down when you do this!

So, what do you think? Once all the bugs are worked out and PiggyBack RideShare is up and running, easy to use, is more affordable than the methods we know of now and most of all, safe enough for anyone to participate in, would you use this service?

Don't be shy, post a reply!

1 comment:

dgnojd said...

That sounds great, however, semi trucks don't get 20 mpg, they dont even get 10 mpg...they get around 4 to 6 mpg when they are hauling a full load. They might get around 10 mpg pulling a big Chevy Suburban, but I know they won't get anywhere close to 20. Also, there is a bit of safety concern in mind not to mention the fact that in most states it's illegal to ride in a vehicle or any type of container that is being pulled or towed by another vehicle. Can you imagine driving at 60 mph, hitting a bump and the tow bar breaking? By the time you react and get your car started so you could apply the breaks or even use the steering you'd be flipped over 7 times in the ditch. And what if you were sleeping...or had your new baby in the car with you. Sorry to crush your dream, but I don't see the "PiggyBack Ride Share" franchise gaining any ground in the near future.