Carpooling Tips

  • Decide if you are going to drive alternate days, drive every day, or ride every day.

  • If it is not a shared driving arrangement, agree on a payment schedule.

  • Set up a line of communication. If someone cannot make it on a given day, let the driver know in advance (if possible the day before). Don't forget to give notice of vacation, personal, or overtime plans.

  • Establish time schedules and pick-up points. Be prompt.

  • Establish a rule for latecomers. Decide how long the carpool will wait for a passenger (usually no more than 5 minutes).

  • Avoid side trips on the way home.

  • Keep the car clean, well maintained, and filled with enough gas for each trip.

  • Decide on radio use, smoking policies, and other similar concerns before you start carpooling. For example, will snacks and/or beverages be allowed?

  • Have a back-up plan for emergency situations. For example, if your carpool driver must leave early for a family emergency or stay late for work, what is the carpooling plan? In these situations, your Local Rideshare Office can provide information about transportation options, as well as the Guaranteed Ride Home program. 

  • Develop an environment that encourages open discussion of carpool-related conflicts or problems.

  • Establish a chain of communications so adjustments can be made with minimum inconvenience.

  • An agreement to a carpool is not a binding contract. If you find carpooling is not for you, give your group sufficient notice so they can make alternate arrangements or find a replacement.