Establishing a new carpool? Is the existing carpool experiencing some bumps along the way? Suggestions below may make the ride go a little smoother:
- Meet with fellow commuters before starting your carpool to exchange information and establish guidelines. A few general items to discuss are:
- Who will do the driving and if driving is to be shared?
- Is there a park and ride lot to meet at or other convenient, safe location?
- What should the policies be regarding smoking, radio, food, etc.?
- How much compensation is expected and when is it expected?
- How long will the carpool wait for a passenger (five minutes is recommended)?
- Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch if a participant is running late.
- Build in flexibility to accommodate changing schedules.
- Establish back-up plans in the event the driver is not available.
- Communication is key to successful carpools. Email and phone each other as needed.
- Give the carpool a chance to work effectively for it may take a few weeks to get things running smoothly.
- If issues arise, communicate, and try to talk them out before leaving the carpool.
- Give notice of vacation or sickness as far in advance as possible.
- Drive in a safe and courteous manner and be prompt.
- Avoid controversial discussions.
- Avoid strong scents that may be irritating to others.
- Keep your car’s interior inviting for others to sit in.
Ideas/ways to offset driving costs
- Carpool to save costs of fuel, tires, oil changes, and other vehicle maintenance.
- Drive a vehicle that retains a high resale value.
- Reduce your insurance costs. Insurance rates are calculated on your driving record, type of car, annual mileage, and daily work mileage.
- Carpool to reduce annual and average daily work mileage.
- Drive safely, adhere to speed limits, drive defensively to avoid accidents.
- Call your agent for a quotation on competitive and comparative rates on cars before you buy.
- Save money for a down payment to reduce finance charges, length of loans and lease rates.
- Purchase cars with longer warranties and less frequent service requirements.