It's almost two decades since I was in a regular work carpool. Our commute was one hour each way. We were a group of five, so each person drove one day a week.
Carpooling is cost-effective and reduces carbon emissions. If you can carpool, here's an etiquette list to help you all have a smoother group ride:
- Select a convenient meeting/pick-up spot that's safe and easy to get to by bike or public transit
- Show up on time
- Share a contact information sheet
- Make group agreements or ground rules about eating, drinking, music, chatting, phone calls etc. during the commute
- Keep a schedule and track driver turns
- Go scent-free
- Drive smart
- Agree on a cost per trip for those without vehicles
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- Maintain your vehicle (check gas, air tire pressure, oil, emergency kit, etc.)
- Take your turn in the uncomfortable seat
- Save personal errands for your own time
- Keep your car interior tidy (remove garbage, dog hair, etc.)
- Take your stuff (garbage or personal belongings) with you
- Call in sick (or work from home) to avoid spreading colds and viruses
- Speak openly, but be patient and respectful
- Don't disband at the first sign of disagreement
I'm sure some things have changed since I carpooled. Please, add your tips in the comments!
What are your secrets to a successful carpool?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green