Can't Ride the Bus?
That's ok, here is another option to help you get where you need to go...
Another option is to carpool
Looking to save money, time, and the environment? Carpooling is an excellent way to save gas, wear and tear on a vehicle, benefit the environment and save on basic costs. Carpooling, also called ride sharing, refers to a group of people traveling in one car, as opposed to each person driving alone. You can carpool to work, shopping, and school or to any other destination.
Carpooling Tips and Etiquette
In order for a carpooling relationship to work, all parties need to be respectful of one another and follow some basic principles of etiquette.
- Determine your route and schedule. Establish the morning pickup point(s) and designate the place(s) to meet for the trip home.
- Draw up a schedule for driving responsibilities. If all members of your carpool alternate driving, decide among yourselves if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
- Establish a method for reimbursing driving expenses. If the members of your carpool do not share the driving equally, come to an agreement of how the costs will be shared and when payments will be made.
- Be punctual. Decide how long the driver and/or fellow carpoolers are expected to wait. Exchange cell phone numbers so that you may notify each other if you are running late.
- Establish policies. Smoking or non-smoking; music and volume; food and/or drinks. Your carpool will have a better chance of success if possible irritants are discussed initially â€” and openly.
- Make carpooling serve one purpose. If it is for commuting to and from work, do not let it become a shopping or errand service.
- Establish a chain of communication. If a driver is ill, or will not be going to work one day, an alternate driver should be notified to ensure that other members of the carpool will have a ride. If a rider is ill or will not be working, the rider should contact the driver as soon as possible.
- Drive carefully and keep the vehicle in good repair. This includes keeping the vehicle clean (free of trash and debris) and safe. Make sure to schedule regular maintenance on your vehicle.
- Check with your employer to see if they offer an emergency ride home.
- Contact information. Keep contact numbers of all parties and numbers of persons to contact in case of an emergency.
- Avoid giving out personal information when setting up a carpool.
- Join a carpool with more than one person.
- Take a friend and meet a potential carpool partner in a public area before carpooling with that person. Donâ€™t meet at your home.
- Ask the person for references.
- Verify that a person has valid driverâ€™s license, license plate, auto insurance and vehicle registration.
- Meet for your carpool at a mutually acceptable, public location.
- Every passenger must wear a safety belt when riding in the carpool.
- An increased number of passengers can mean an increase in distractions. Eliminate distractions in a carpool; such as loud music or loud conversations.