Zipcars to bring more than transportation this season

Zipcar offers students without a car an opportunity to travel around town or around the state.Photo by: Andy Morales

Tannis Kufner

Students from Georgia Southern University have an opportunity to win free usage of the Zipcars on campus through a contest called Students with Drive.

Each student organization selected as a winner in the monthly contest will receive $5,000 of Zipcar credits that may be used for vehicle usage and related charges and fees by students associated with the organization who are active Zipcar members.

To become eligible, student organizations can create a video explaining how they would use the funds and why they deserve to win the scholarship towards a Zipcar membership.

The contestants must “like” Students with Drive’s Facebook page in order to be eligible for the drawing.

“[The Students with Drive contest] is an opportunity I would recommend for students to take advantage of because this is free credit towards membership and also scholarship money is available,” Charles Glover, Student Government Association (SGA) vice president of auxiliary services, said.

Voting for November finalists run from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18 and winners will be announced Nov. 19.

A membership includes access to available trucks, hybrids, gas, insurance, up to 180 free miles per day and an online reservation system.

Glover suggests this as a substitute for students who don’t to have a car on campus.

Zipcar parking is available on campus in the C-lot outside Watson and Centennial Place, according to GSU Parking and Transportation.

Students who do not have cars and do not want to rely on other people can take advantage of this program by starting a membership.

“It is great because you don’t have to worry about the upkeep of a car or expenses,” Glover said.

Some parents do not want students to have their car the first year or cannot afford a car, so this is a great substitute for a car, Glover said.

GSU’s former program called “We Car” was also a car-sharing program, but it was more limited, Glover said.

Glover said, Zipcar is more student-friendly and more affordable than owning a car while at school.