Carpooling is a great way to get around. Not only does it save you money, but it’s also great for the environment and can help you earn some new friends. We’ve put together tips for carpooling so you, your coworkers, and your friends can make the best of ridesharing.
According to NBC, many people avoid carpooling because they don’t want to deal with other people. Although there are some people that aren’t good to drive with, the ridesharing program works great as long as you use common sense and set some guidelines.
“You should make a set of rules and have everyone sign them,” says Tom Devlin, transportation planner for a Metro Rideshare program. He urges carpoolers to be prompt so everyone’s day doesn’t get off to a late start. “If you say the 7 a.m. carpool will leave no later than 7:03 a.m., be sure to enforce that rule so latecomers learn to set their alarms a little bit earlier.”
Develop a schedule to decide who drives which days, and make sure to choose a location and time for pickup. Consider whether or not to have the radio on or when to use the A/C. Either turn it off, or let the driver decide. Make sure to set rules for drinking and eating, as well as smoking in your car.
Finally, don’t use your phone while you are driving. Although you might think it is okay when you’re driving yourself (it’s not), you don’t want to endanger fellow carpoolers.