Karl Millington and Ian Irons both work in the IPS team at the EMC and have been car sharing for over three years. Both car shared at a previous company and see multiple benefits.
Karl lives in Liverpool an 86 mile journey to the EMC, whilst Ian lives on Wirral just over 70 miles away from the facility.
They chose to car-share as it not only provides them with an enjoyable experience, but also makes economic sense, reducing wear and tear on their vehicles and also the cost of fuel.
Ian said: “We take it in turns to drive depending on what each of us are doing.
“Some days we’ll meet in a central location, other times Karl will pick me up. It’s a two-communication and agreement; to see what fits best.
“There are occasions when car-sharing doesn’t work, for example, if one of us has to work from a different site, but the majority of the time, it’s really easy.
“I think we both enjoy car-sharing, it’s made easier as we work in the same team, but also have a lot of common interests. We’ll often listen to comedy on Spotify, which is a great way to pass the time, especially if we’re stuck in traffic.
“There’s never a lack of things to talk about, although we find that the morning commute is considerably quieter.
“I’d agree,” said Karl.
“I would definitely recommend it, as it does save on wear and tear on each of our vehicles, plus we share the cost of fuel, which is a bonus.
“I suppose the only concern I have is if one of us had to leave for any reason, the other would either have to go with them, or be stuck at work, having to find their own way home. I think that’s the only downside of car-sharing, but fortuinately this has never happened to us.
“I’d definitely recommend others to think about car-sharing, providing it suits them. It shouldn’t be difficult, communication is key between car sharers.
“Once you get to know the person it can be a really enjoyable experience and helping you to build stronger networks.”