Tips for A Successful Carpool

Tips for Successful Carpooling
Introductory Meeting: Meet with your fellow carpooler(s) before the first trip to talk about schedules, personal preferences and costs. Locations: Select pick-up and drop-off locations that are easily accessible and safe. Policies: Set policies on issues such as the following:
  • Will there be smoking allowed?
  • What radio station should we listen to, if any?
  • Will there be eating and drinking allowed in the car?
Driving Schedules:  Decide if you and your carpooling partner(s) will alternate the driving responsibility and if so, what schedule you will use: daily, weekly, monthly? Sharing Expenses:  Determine what expenses will be included, how they will be divided and when they will be paid. Oftentimes, with a large group of carpoolers the driver gets a reduced rate or rides free. What are you really paying? Click here to visit AAA Your Driving Costs Brochure. Punctuality: Decide in advance how long the driver will wait if someone is running late. Cancellation: Establish the proper procedure for notifying your carpooling partner(s). Then, when you are unable to carpool on a scheduled day you will have a procedure to follow. Courtesy:  Do not honk for your passengers in the morning or make unscheduled stops for personal errands. Car Maintenance: Make sure your car is kept in proper and safe operating condition. Traffic Laws:  Drive safely, defensively and wear your seat belts. Remember- don't text and drive!