Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 02 July 2014 Going my way? Car pooling is the neglected old faithful of sustainable transport that's been around since World War II as a way to save fuel. 0 1944 poster encouraging carpooling to save fuel for the war effort. ~ Related The walking bus Merge trips, save fuel Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto Car pooling / ride sharing / car sharing / lift sharing / lift clubbing remains woefully underused, even though we have far greater need of it now to ease our cities’ massive problems with traffic congestion and air pollution, than we did in the 1940s.A single-occupant vehicle should be an odd sight, but it’s a shamefully common one – the norm rather than the exception on our clogged roads. But the internet and cellphone may be changing this state of affairs, by making is much easier for ride-sharers to connect with each other. The web-based Liftshare South Africa offers a free, secure service to help you find others going your way so you can share the journey, cutting costs and emissions. This can also make road travel more sociable and safer, especially if your trip is long, at night, or into an unfamiliar area. One potential problem with this promising initiative is that South Africans are rightly wary of hitching lifts or offering rides to strangers. However, not unlike online dating safety, a bit of common sense renders the risk negligible. As explained on the Liftshare web site: “Members' details are stored securely in the database and only their intended travel information can be accessed by other members.“When it comes to travelling, every member is responsible for his or her own safety. However we recommend some simple security measures:Avoid exchanging home addresses with your travelling companions before you meet them.Arrange to meet for the first time in a public place.Inform a friend or family member of who you will be travelling with, when and to where.Make sure you see each other's IDs so you know you're travelling with the right person."You are under no obligation to go ahead with any car-share arrangement. If you have any doubts about your travelling companion, for any reason, you don't have to travel with them."It is your responsibility to check that the person you are sharing with has all the legal driving documents."Liftshare South Africa is affiliated with liftshare.com, the world’s largest liftsharing network. Carpoolworld is a similar concept, where you can look for rides all over the world.Got a good green tip or event to share? Email me at email@example.com or post on the EnviroHealth Forum. If it's a planet-saver, we'll publish it. More EnviroHealth Tips Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor More in Lifestyle Improved sunscreen More: EnviroHealthGreen tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.