Traveling to Des Moines for a movie, running to the grocery store or taking a weekend road trip just got a whole lot easier for students at Simpson.
Simpson’s Enactus organization, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), partnered with U-Haul to bring a car share program to campus.
“Hopefully this program will reduce the amount of cars on campus,” said senior Audrey Meyers, president of Enactus at Simpson. “Students won’t have to pay to have their car on campus or pay for the maintenance that goes along with owning a car that they don’t drive all that much.”
Meyers says car sharing can benefit more than a student’s wallet.
The program uses fuel-efficient vehicles like the Toyota Prius, which is currently available on Simpson’s campus, to help improve air quality and reduce parking congestion on campus.
“Each car takes 15 cars off the road,” Myers said. “We are trying to become a more environmentally friendly campus and hopefully this can help reduce our carbon footprint.”
Students don’t have to worry about paying for gas, parking or insurance, which are all included in the hourly and daily rates.
The car is equipped with a GPS tracker and an anti-theft system that prevents it from starting without the code that’s given to the renter.
“Whenever someone wants the car, they just log in and sign up for a specific time and they’ll receive a passcode to get in and start the car, so there’s no actual key exchange.”
Individuals can reserve the car at UCarShare.com for $4.95/hr + mileage.
“Students can check the car out per hour or per day, so if they want to take a trip to Chicago for the weekend they can check it out for three days and bring it back,” Myers said. “If they want to take a group up to Des Moines to go shopping they can check it out. If their car is in the shop and they need it for a day, all you have to do is go online and reserve it.”
The car share program is open to all students, faculty and staff at Simpson. To Reserve the car, visit www.ucarshare.com.