Ever cursed the morning commute traffic with only your local drive-time jocks to hear your complaints? Why not commiserate with co-workers instead? How about a little quality time with your neighbor sharing resources and commute time? Carpooling offers the win-win benefit of shared financial resources and a lightened load on your local road and highway system.
Here are a few tips to remember from Central Avenue Hyundai:
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 don’t 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. Keep contact numbers of all parties involved in the carpool in case of an emergency.
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 openly from the beginning.
Make carpooling serve one purpose. If it is for commuting to and from work, it should serve the specific purpose only – you shouldn’t let it become a shopping or errand service.
Establish a chain of communication. If a driver is ill, or won’t be going to work one day, an alternate driver should be notified to ensure that other members of the carpool have a ride. If a rider is ill or won’t 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.
At first glance, it might seem a lot to remember, but carpooling etiquettes and rules should be enforced so the endeavor is a success. Poorly planned routes, unnecessary bickering when someone is annoyed when you light up a cigarette, complaints about the volume of music in the car, etc. can lead to problems when it comes to carpooling, but these pointers should help to avoid that!
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