Planning a Successful Carpool

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Planning a Successful Carpool

The more details you discuss in advance with your potential carpool partner the more successful your arrangement will be. Use the following list as a guide:

  • Decide how often you'll carpool. Some commuters prefer every day while others can only manage one or two days a week.
  • Arrange a convenient pick-up and drop-off point. Most commuters prefer this to be their home, but for others, a Park and Ride lot may work better.
  • Discuss how driving duties will be shared. You could alternate days or weeks, or one person may prefer to do all the driving.
  • How long will you wait for a carpool partner who is running late? Five minutes past the agreed upon time is typical.
  • Decide on an advance notice policy if previously made arrangements are to change. Be as considerate as possible.
  • Other preferences should also be discussed in advance. Subjects such as smoking, eating, radio preferences, etc, should be decided on before they become a problem.
  • Do not run personal errands with your carpooler. Make sure you have enough gas and don't make other unscheduled stops.
  • If you're uncertain about carpooling, arrange a trial period in advance. This will allow you to gracefully bow-out if the situation is not to your liking.

As with any other personal relationship, communication and flexibility are key to a good carpooling arrangement. With a minimal amount of effort, all the benefits of carpooling can be yours!