If you’re looking for a way to save gas or cut back on harmful emissions, one of the best things you can do is carpool. Though some people make carpooling look easy, there are some important things to keep in mind. That’s why we’ve written a post on tips for carpooling, helping you to make the most of your experience.
According to Commuter Connections, one of the first things you should do is meet up and establish a route and schedule. Everyone should agree on locations and times, and be sure to consider things like gas money or what to do if someone is running behind. Consider exchanging phone numbers so you can text and stay up to date.
Next, set some ground rules. This is different from our first tip because it has to do with details that are less important, but can still make or break a carpool. For example, who controls the heat and the radio? Usually the driver has the final say, but you may want to set up a schedule for the control of the radio. Make sure everyone wears a seatbelt, that drivers don’t text behind the wheel, and establish rules for food and drinks.
Next, always reimburse drivers for car expenses. This includes obvious things like gas, but you may need to discuss other issues up front. For example, should everyone pitch in for an oil change or other maintenance? What happens if you get in a fender bender on your route? What day is payment day?
These are just the basics tips to keep in mind. Carpooling can be a great way to make friends in addition to saving gas and reducing emissions, so be sure to give it a try.
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