Carpooling in the San Joaquin Valley, also known as ride-sharing can save you big bucks on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, oil resources and reduces the nasty environmental impact associated with driving. When you drive to work, are you alone or do you have room for other passengers? Have you ever noticed how many others around you are driving on their own too? Millions of us engage in solitary travel to and from work; driving billions of miles each year, spending a stack of cash on gas and pumping tons of emissions into the atmosphere. If you are the sort who likes to talk, and you can find even two other people that you like most of the time, a daily carpool can be a really good way to get some social time in. You'll learn useful information from your fellow carpoolers, like good restaurants, great places to shop, fun events and more. In our hurried modern world many people have found that while they first hated the idea of sharing space in a car with people they didn't know, over a few weeks they came to really like and care about their fellow travelers. They looked forward to their time to catch up. HOW TO GET A CARPOOL ROLLING: First, register with the Valleyrides.com carpool database to receive a free, computerized matchlist of other commuters you may be able to carpool with. The list you receive will have the names and emails/phone numbers of people who live by you, work by you, and have a similar schedule. Next, email or call the people on your list to talk about setting up a carpool. You might meet over coffee or a lunch break to work out the details. We provide you with an extensive list of questions to ask such as:
- Who drives when?
- Pick-up and drop-off points?
- How long do we wait if someone is late?
- How much should each person pay?