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Michigan Rideshare Pooling Pointers
Carpooling Tips †
- Car Pool Search Aid - How to search for an active car pool PDF document
- 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 problems.
- 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.
Carpooling Tips and Etiquette††
- 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 basis.
- 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.
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February 18, 2019