Travelling to and from work surrounded by empty seats is not practical, nor is it sustainable. It can also be a bit boring. One alternative to driving alone, besides public transport, is carpooling. It reduces traffic congestion and CO2 emissions and if everyone did it we would see great changes.
Here are some more tips to ensure a long lasting, successful carpool experience:
Distribute driving expenses
If the members of your carpool don’t share the driving duties equally then you need to come to a compensation agreement, laying out the distribution of costs and agreeing upon payment dates.
Courtesy is key when travelling daily with others. Decide on how long a driver is expected to wait for passengers before leaving and let your group know if you are running late.
When carpooling, be sure to obey the rules of the road. Speeding and aggressive driving will make your fellow carpoolers feel nervous and unsafe. It is also important to keep a clean and tidy interior, nobody wants to drive in a cluttered car.
Stick to the plan
A carpool should serve one function, for instance a commute between work and home or picking up kids from an after school activity. The carpool should not make unexpected detours to fulfill errands on the way, unless previously agreed upon by all carpool members.
Driving in a carpool can be fun. Get to know your co-workers and neighbours. If you have problems or suggestions then you should be able to bring it up with the group. Having a carpool coordinator (usually whoever started the carpool) helps to mediate these situations.
We hope that these tips help you to put together a successful carpool that creates lasting relationships and gets you through that morning commute just a little bit easier!