On petrol or diesel , wear and tear , parking costs and your car will
keep it's value better if there are less miles on it.
When you are not driving you can do some reading or get some sleep.
Carpooling with another person is a great way to reduce the stress of
these congested traffic conditions because it gives you someone else to
talk to - and if enough people do it, traffic would decrease and reduce
what is causing these problems in the first place!
For the environment
Less cars on the road means less emissions.
Here are a few simple guidelines for a successful carpool .
Before you start a new carpool, swop emails (via this website)
Discuss the journey details. If this is okay , swop mobile
numbers. Meet with your potential carpool partner(s) in
advance to discuss each person’s needs and the details
of how your carpool will work.
A few topics you should cover:
• How often you want to carpool ?
• Who drives and when ?
• Arrangements for pick-up/drop-off ?
• What to do if you must stay late or leave early ?
• Whether eating or smoking will be allowed ?
• Determine a route and schedule.
Establish the morning pickup point(s) and designate a place(s) to meet
for the trip home.
• Be punctual. Decide as a group how long the pool will wait for
The usual waiting time is 2 to 3 minutes.
• Establish a cost sharing arrangement.
If the members of your carpool do not share the driving equally,
come to an understanding of how the costs will be shared .
• Establish some ground rules. Smoking, music, food, drinks , talking
too much etc. Discuss possible irritants among group, ie, some people
may be sensitive to strong perfumes or colognes. Most people like quiet
time in the mornings and a certain radio station.
• 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.
• Drive carefully and keep the car clean, in good repair and filled
with enough fuel for each trip. There should be no excuses for excessive
speed, use of alcohol, or reckless maneuvers.
• Set up a line 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.
Ensure everyone has a copy of home, mobile numbers. Don't forget to give
notice of holidays, personal or overtime plans.
• Avoid side trips on the way home. If it is for commuting to and
from work, save your trips to the super market for the weekend. Or, you
may choose not to carpool on the days you must run an errand.
• Give your carpool some time to work. It usually takes a few weeks
to arrange everyone's routine into a harmonious pattern. Most carpoolers
discover they really enjoy the company of their fellow carpoolers and
find it a benefit they had not anticipated.
• Initially make an agreement to try it for two weeks.
If a party needs to back out of the agreement for whatever reason
then they need to say so in good time.