This post is brought to you in part by Grab Malaysia.
GrabHitch, a carpooling service available via the Grab app was recently launched in Malaysia. In conjunction with the launch and in the spirit of nurturing the carpooling habit, Grab staff will be hitting the road this Monday, 16 May as GrabHitch drivers, offering free rides and limited edition Grab merchandise to lucky passengers.
They would also like to invite you to join them and become a GrabHitch driver too. In return, they will be topping up RM20 free credit for every ride you complete as a GrabHitch driver between 15 and 21 May. Terms apply, find out more at bit.ly/gh20rush. So why should you be a GrabHitch driver?
1. Travelling to and from work can be expensive
Driving to and from work can be costly especially when you factor in tolls and parking fees in office areas like KLCC, Pavillion or Menara Citibank. Take your employees’ daily travel costs into consideration with carpooling and help them reduce cost of travel.
2. Carpooling supports environmentally friendly initiatives
According to a study by Nielsen, Malaysia has the 3rd highest car ownership globally whereby 93% of Malaysian households own at least one car. By matching passengers and drivers that are already travelling to and from the same areas, everyone gets to play a part to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions. In the long run, Grab aims to do Mother Nature a big favour.
3. Spending less time on the road
According to the World Bank, every day 150,000 Single Occupancy Vehicles cross MRR1 and MRR2 alone, hence it’s no wonder why roads in the Klang Valley can be jam packed on a regular basis. By encouraging people to carpool, we can potential reduce the number of cars on the road and subsequently, the time spent on the road.
4. Encouraging timeliness
Of course, by reducing time on the road, employees will be more likely to arrive on time at work. Moreover, as GrabHitch requires drivers and passengers to schedule their rides in advance, there is a mutual understanding and respect to be punctual and not be tempted by the snooze button!
5. Strengthening team bonds
Driving home from work can be a lonely affair, but carpooling helps strengthen bonds between employees from different departments and help build camaraderie.
6. The importance of road safety
Driving home after a long day can leave employees susceptible to dozing off. Carpooling helps employees to drive safely when there is someone else riding with them, keeping them awake and alert with engaging conversation.
7. Helping new employees settle in
Settling into a new company and adopting new cultures can be daunting for newbies. By carpooling, experienced employees can help new employees settle in faster and speed up the onboarding process.
8. Networking opportunities for employees
Driving alone to work every day can be boring, but GrabHitch enables employees to offer rides to passengers from other industries and build their social circles without even having to take the time to attend networking sessions.
9. Optimising the use of company cars
For companies that provide company cars to employees, carpooling will help maximise the benefits of a company car to other employees as well.
10. Supporting employees with children
Working mums and dads will be able to schedule pick-ups and drop-offs easily for their kids via GrabHitch.
More information about carpooling with Grab
“By encouraging employees to consider carpooling via GrabHitch, this not only builds company moral and relationship, but also makes long distance daily commutes a little more bearable and less stressful.”
– Jaygan Fu, Country Manager of Grab.
To find out more about Grab and its social carpooling platform GrabHitch, feel free to visit the GrabHitch website.
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