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Carpooling Tips †
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- Decide if you are going to drive alternate days, drive every day or ride every day.
- If it is not a shared driving arrangement, agree on a payment schedule.
- Set up a line of communication. If someone can't make it on a given day, let the driver
know in advance the day before. Don't forget to give notice of vacation, personal
or overtime plans.
- Establish a time schedule and pick-up points. BE PROMPT.
- Establish a rule for latecomers. Decide how long the carpool will wait for a passenger
(usually no more than 5 minutes).
- Avoid side trips on the way home.
- Keep the car clean, well maintained and filled with enough gas for each trip.
- Decide on radio use, smoking policies and other similar concerns before you start
carpooling. Are snacks or beverages allowed?
- Have a back-up plan for emergency situations, i.e. if your carpool driver must leave
early because of a family emergency or stay late for unexpected overtime. Contact
your Local Rideshare Office about the Guaranteed Ride Home program for registered
carpoolers. They will provide you with transportation options in these situations.
- Develop an environment that encourages open discussion of pool-related conflicts or
- Establish a chain of communications so adjustments can be made with a minimum of inconvenience;
for example, early departure due to bad weather.
- An agreement to pool isn't a binding contract. But if you find it isn't for you, give
your pooling partners a couple of weeks' notice so they can make alternate arrangements
or find a replacement.
† Source: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615_11228-31241--,00.html
Carpooling Tips and Etiquette††
Top ten carpooling tips
- Determine your route and schedule. Establish the morning pickup point(s) and designate
the 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
- Establish a method for reimbursing driving expenses. If the members of your carpool
do not share the driving equally, come to an agreement of how the costs will be shared
and when payments will be made.
- Be punctual. Decide how long the driver and/or fellow carpoolers are expected to wait.
Exchange cell phone numbers so that you may notify each other if you are running late.
- Establish policies. Smoking or non-smoking; music and volume; food and/or drinks.
Your carpool will have a better chance of success if possible irritants are discussed
initially — and openly.
- 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 of the
carpool will have a ride. If a rider is ill or will not be working, the rider should
contact the driver as soon as possible.
- Drive carefully and keep the vehicle in good repair. This includes keeping the vehicle
clean (free of trash and debris) and safe. Make sure to schedule regular maintenance
on your vehicle.
- Check with your employer to see if they offer an emergency ride home.
- Contact information. Keep contact numbers of all parties and numbers of persons to
contact in case of an emergency.
†† Source: http://www.rideshareonline.com/Commuters/carpooletiquette.html