Guide to Successful Carpooling

With a little planning and communication with your carpool partner or partners, there's no reason your carpool can't be reliable, efficient, and maybe even a little bit fun.

  • Determine Your Route and Schedule. Establish the morning pickup point(s) and designate a place(s) to meet for the trip home.
  • Draw Up a Schedule for Driving Responsibilities. If all members of your carpool alternate driving, decide among yourselves if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
    • For carpools of more than two, consider establishing driving duties by number of seats filled; three seats filled equals rotating driving responsibilities three times. This can be a helpful way of distributing responsibility fairly if a married couple or roomates are carpooling with a single driver.
  • Establish A Method for Reimbursing Driving Expenses. If the members of your carpool do not share the driving equally, come to and understanding of how the costs will be shared and agree on payment dates.  A good rule of thumb is to divide costs by seat filled.
  • Be Punctual. Decide how long the driver is expected to wait. When home pickups are utilized, do not disturb everyone in the neighborhood by honking if a ride is running a few minutes late.
  • Establish Policies. Smoking or non-Smoking; music and volume; food or drinks. Your carpool will have a better chance of success if possible irritants are discussed initially.
  • Make Carpooling Serve One Purpose. If it is for commuting to and from work, do not let it become a shopping or errand service.
  • Establish a Chain of Communication. If a driver is ill, or will not be going to work one day, an alternate driver should be notified to ensure that other members or the carpool will have a ride. If a rider is ill or will not be working, the driver must be contracted as soon as possible.
  • Drive Carefully and Keep the Vehicle in Good Repair. This includes keeping the vehicle clean and safe. There are others involved. There should be no excuses for excessive speed, use of alcohol, or reckless maneuvers.
  • Respect Your Fellow Carpooler’s Wishes. Especially in the morning when some people like a time of quiet.
  • If You Lose a Member of the Carpool, log in to your member account and request a new ridematch list..
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