There are two basic types of carpool arrangements:
- Carpool uses one car owned by one driver. One person does all of the driving and driving costs are shared by both driver and passenger.
- Carpoolers take turns using and driving their own vehicles so that driving and associated costs are equally shared by all.
Tools: Find a carpool, Vanpool Classifieds, Register a carpool
Tips for Getting Started
Whether you already know your carpool mate(s) or you have received names of potential mates from HART , the following is recommended:
- Get acquainted. If your potential carpool partners are not neighbors or co-workers, plan a face-to-face meeting with them prior to committing to rideshare to determine if you are a good match. Meeting for coffee or lunch is always a great idea.
- Determine your route and schedule. Establish the morning pickup point(s) and designate a 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.
- Share the costs. If all members of your carpool do not share the driving equally, come to an understanding of how the costs will be shared and agree on payment dates.
- Be punctual. Decide how long the driver is expected to wait. When home pickups are utilized, do not disturb everyone in the neighborhood by honking if a rider is running a few minutes late.
- Establish policies. Smoking or nonsmoking; music and volume; food and drinks. Your carpool will have a better chance of success if possible irritants are discussed initially.
- Be specific about the purpose of the carpool. If it is for commuting to and from work, do not let it become a shopping or errand service.
- Establish a chain 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 of the carpool will have a ride. If a member is ill or will not be working, the driver must be contacted as soon as possible.
- Drive carefully and keep the vehicle in good repair. This includes keeping the vehicle clean and safe. There are others involved. There should be no excuse for excessive speed, use of alcohol, or reckless maneuvers.
- Respect your fellow carpooler's wishes. Especially in the morning, when some people like a time of quiet, be considerate.