The journey to getting your driver's license is often a long yet rewarding one. However, novice drivers face a range of challenges immediately after passing their driving test. Previously, you had two options for getting behind the wheel as a young driver - buy a car or borrow your parents’ vehicle. Today, there’s a third option in the shape of car-sharing.
Car-sharing apps offer a range of advantages for novice drivers in the first year or two of having passed their driving tests. Car-sharing gives young drivers access to an entire fleet of modern cars and the flexibility to be able to drive when they want, where they want.
With car-sharing, the high cost of buying and owning a car - plus the price of fuel, parking, and insurance - disappears. You can see why so many young drivers flock to car-sharing apps to gain experience on the road. Here are the main advantages of car-sharing for novice drivers.
Cars cost a lot of money. If you were to walk into a dealership and try to buy a new three-door hatchback today, you would be looking at a serious investment. On top of that, you can expect to pay up to 500 € a month to run your brand new car. Car-sharing completely removes the need to own a car and eliminates all of the costs that come with it. For young drivers, this barrier to entry is removed.
The other major downside to owning your own car is that once you pick your make and model, you’re stuck with it. The beauty of car-sharing is that it allows you to experience a range of cars from several big-name manufacturers. Whether you want to try an all-electric vehicle (EV), a compact SUV or a convertible, SHARE NOW has a car for you. Drive a BMW, a Peugeot, a Fiat or much more - simply choose the car that fits your mood and the trip you want to take.
Saving money isn’t just an advantage for young drivers, but if you do happen to be a student on a tight budget who has just gotten their driver's license, car-sharing saves you money in so many more ways than the purchasing and running costs of owning a car. With free-floating car-sharing, parking is free within the Home Area of each city. You can also earn extra driving credit by fuelling and charging cars, and even unlock bonuses with a car-sharing loyalty program like SHARE NOW Rewards.
A big advantage of car-sharing over traditional car rental for young drivers is that you don’t need a credit card to drive with car-sharing. Whereas a credit card is essential for paying for both your rental and the typically high deposit at traditional car rental companies, with car-sharing services like SHARE NOW you can simply use PayPal to pay for your trip. That’s everything from booking, to unlocking your car, to paying - right from your smartphone!
Whilst there are several advantages of using car-sharing as a novice driver, there are a couple of things that you need to consider before getting started.
All car-sharing services have a minimum age requirement. For many, that is 21. At SHARE NOW, the minimum age requirement is 18.
You have to have had your driver’s license for a minimum of one year to be able to use many car-sharing apps, including SHARE NOW.
Some car-sharing providers have different limits for different cars, and some only let you drive cars after a certain number of successful trips.
It’s always worth reading the terms and conditions before starting your first trip with a new car-sharing provider. This way, you know what you are committing to.
The app is your key to car-sharing. Find, reserve, and unlock SHARE NOW cars in less than 2 seconds. It's a new way of car rental – no paperwork, no rental offices, no waiting lines. Try it now:
1. Download the SHARE NOW app
The app is free and your key to all our cars.
2. Upload your driver's licence
We'll validate your licence in the app.
3. Validated? Start driving!
Look for a car and start your first trip.