Managing a Successful Commuter Carpool
Your first step to running a successful carpool is finding other interested people to fill up the car. Talk about your carpool idea at work, talk to your neighbors and check online carpooling networks. You’ll find potential participants in unlikely places. Once you have a few people in mind, here are some tips to make your carpool idea successful.
- Printed Schedules and Contact Information – Every month, print out a schedule of assigned driving days and their contact information to keep in their vehicle.
- Convenient –Don’t be afraid to say no to someone who lives too far out of the way.
- Backup Plan – Assign a backup driver for each day and put that on your printed schedule. People will get sick or need to suddenly stay after work.
- Ground Rules – Commute Solutions suggest agreeing on these important ground rules:
- What is the waiting time for delays?
- Is smoking allowed?
- Which radio stations are preferred?
- Is eating or drinking allowed?
- What would disqualify a member from the carpool?
- Is it ok to wear perfume/cologne?
- Are extra stops allowed (e.g. coffee, bank, etc.)?
- Discuss driving safety and seat belt usage?
- Should drivers have to prove automobile liability insurance?
- Be On Time – If you are habitually late, this may be a cause for being disqualified from the group.
- Have Fun – Create games for those long commutes or traffic jams, agree on an audiobook to listen to, and occasionally have dinner together to learn more about one another.
A carpool system saves money by dividing fuel costs among several individuals, reduces environmental pollution and reduces the number of vehicles on the road. Properly organizing a carpool requires some extra planning but can be successful with the right passengers and excellent communication.
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