What is a
A carpool is two or more commuters sharing a ride in one
of their own vehicles. The best carpooling arrangements are
very flexible. In fact, you don’t need to carpool every
day, just as often as your schedule allows. This gives you
the freedom to plan errands or appointments on days when you
For example you are going to workplace on a two-wheeler
which is 10 kilometers away. Lets assume that one of your neighbors
is also going to same company or in the same route. Instead
of going in two deferent vehicles every day, you both can
share the ride. One week you drive and next week other. Both
can save money and reduce pollution.
Carpoolers can either share driving and expenses or one
person may drive most or all of the time, in which case the
passenger shares operating expenses with the driver.
going to drive and when. If everyone takes turns driving,
decide if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly, or
monthly basis. If there are more than two of you in your
carpool, designate a back-up driver in case someone's unable
to drive during their rotation. Then, do a schedule and make
sure every member of your carpool gets a copy of your
schedule and contact numbers..
talk to the people in your carpool to determine where to
meet. Decide whether you prefer door-to-door service or
meeting at one central convenient location to all. Establish your morning and evening pick up times. Then
plan your route!
sure what's fare is fair.
How can I find a carpool in my area?
There are lots of great ways to find carpool
partners. Click Here to search for ads posted in this website database of
hundreds of interested carpoolers Carpool
receive a match list with the names and contact
information of those persons who match your commute pattern
(home addresses are never included on the match lists and
home numbers may be excluded as well.) Just contact the
names on that list and make your carpool arrangements.
If you don't find a match, you can post a new ad. You can contact
co-workers and neighbors. Or post a sign in your car
window or on bulletin boards at work.
to call everyone whose name you receive. Their hours may be
flexible. They may be willing to meet you at a convenient
pick-up point. And best of all, they may know other people
interested in carpooling!
If each person
in the carpool takes a turn at driving, then there's no need
to charge. If only one person drives, however, you'll want
to charge each rider a reasonable fare. Determine how costs will be split.
Here's one way to do
roundtrip mileage X Cost per kilometer ÷ Number of carpoolers =
Daily fare per Rider
also want to include any parking costs you might have.
to keep up a successful carpool ride share?
The best way
to keep your carpool running smoothly is by working out some
carpool rules in advance. Decide how to handle issues like
smoking, eating and drinking in the car, radio playing,
waiting times for tardy riders, seating arrangements, car
maintenance (a clean car is a happy car), and driving
rotation. You may even want to talk about talking in the
car. Some people enjoy it, others don't -- especially in
traffic. Agree on how to handle vacations and bad weather.
And don't forget to give everyone a list with each
carpooler's home and work phone numbers, in case of illness
What if I do not own a Car or Bike?
No problem. Join a carpool that doesn’t need a driver and
pay your share of the gas and parking (if applicable).
Does carpooling help the environment?
Yes! The ice caps are melting. If we keep pumping greenhouse
gases into the atmosphere at the rate we're going, everyone
in the coastal cities will need to learn how to swim.
Emissions could be significantly reduced with more
Guidelines to Consider when Starting/Listing a Carpool
Establish a trial period for the carpool.
A few weeks is a good period of time for determining if all
participants want to continue with the carpool.
Determine drop-off and pick-up points and times.
Most carpools do this at either residences or common meeting
points. Those who must drive to
join up with the carpool can leave their cars at a safe Park
lot. Some are
conveniently located along bus routes, and others, while not
on bus lines, may be good meeting places for van and
carpoolers. Some lots are shared facilities with the
businesses that own or lease the property. You may
also be able to establish a park and ride lot that is
convenient to your carpool’s residences by speaking with
property management of a desired location.
Decide if one person will drive, or if the responsibility will rotate.
Most carpools rotate driving responsibilities. If you rotate
drivers, determine the schedule and the rotation.
Discuss personal preferences before the first day.
Radio on or off? If on, what station will you listen to?
Is smoking, eating or drinking permitted?
How long should the driver wait for a late passenger?
Establish a chain of communication to notify each other of
illness or other changes affecting the group.
How much money can I save by carpooling?
Quite a bit. If commuting is 75% of your vehicle usage, and
you share your commute with two others, you will save about
50% of the total cost of your car, including fuel,
maintenance, and depreciation. In addition there are also
savings in tolls and parking fees that add up over time.
Is my information private?
Yes. We respect your privacy, and will not distribute member
information without your permission (except in response to
verified requests from law enforcement or emergency
Can I place a carpool listing if I don't have a car?
Yes. You can contribute to the expenses of the driver
without having a car, and everyone saves. This may not be
possible in all cases, but you can work out the details
after receiving a response to your listing. Similarly, feel
free to respond to a carpool listing even if you don't have