Carpooling can be a great time and money saver for many people. But once you get a carpool group set up, how do you keep it going and what are some things you can do to prevent it from turning sour? Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to carpools.
· Communicate effectively and frequently with your fellow carpoolers. If you are going to be a few minutes late, make sure you call your group and let them know. If something happens and you cannot carpool at all on a given day, be sure you notify the rest of the group and give them enough notice so they can make other arrangements.
· Keep safety in mind at all times when driving. When you are the driver, safety is up to everyone but it is ultimately your concern. If you are driving make sure you pay attention to the road and are not texting or talking on the phone while driving.
· Be a safe passenger and be sure you create a safe environment for everyone else in the car. If you are a passenger, make sure you not a distraction to the driver and not a bother to the others in the car.
· Keep your vehicle clean so people will want to sit in it for the duration of the drive- nothing worse than beings tuck for an hour in a dirty smelly car. Also be sure to maintain your vehicle and keep it in good condition so fears of breakdowns are minimal.
· Respect any and all rules that have been agreed upon by the group, such as smoking, eating, drinking, music, and so forth.
· Make a habit of being late. Once in a while it happens and being a few minutes late will likely not kill anyone so long as you have extra time built into the commute. However it is aggravating, rude, and disrespectful to your fellow carpoolers if you are always late.
· Ask make extra stops along. If you didn’t eat breakfast that is your fault and you should not ask your carpool group to make a side trip so you can grab something to eat. The carpool was setup to help everyone in the group with their commutes, not personal errands.
· Bring up controversial topics. Unless you know the group well and you all are use to big topic debates, avoid discussions involving, religion, politics, and similar highly opinionated topics.
· Forget to be careful of the work, leisure, family, or news topics you bring up. Some people do not enjoy a debate and it may set a bad mood for the group if you all are not in agreement or if everyone is not as open minded as you might be.
· Stay on the phone the entire time or have long winded conversations while you’re in the carpool. It can be distracting to the driver and rude to the others in the car as they are not free to talk as they may want.