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 vanpool alternate driving, decide among yourselves if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
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.
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 vanpool.
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 vanpool 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. Be sure to follow the maintenance schedule required by the vanpool provider.
Respect your fellow vanpooler's wishes.
Especially in the morning, when some people like a time of quiet, be considerate.