Tips for a successful office carpool

Tips for a Successful Office Carpool

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but the price of gas has gone completely koo-koo in the past year, leaving those of us who have a significant driving commute to work each day with a gaping hole in our wallets at the end of the month. What better time to reinstate the old office carpool!

Rising gas prices and environmental concerns are two great reasons to find some like-minded coworkers who live in your area and band together to share driving responsibilities.

Five reasons why it’s a good time to start carpooling:

Reason #1: Gas prices are going through the roof

Reason #2: Carpooling reduces emissions, which is good for the environment

Reason #3: It’s a great way to bond with your co-workers

Reason #4: It’s a chance to get caught up on your reading

Reason #5: It’s means a lot less driving for you!

Here are some tips for a successful car pool!:

Once you’ve got your office carpool members organized, all that’s left is to set some driving guidelines and establish a few simple car rules for everyone to follow. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

1. Be considerate to your fellow carpoolers. Just because you need classic rock turned up to 11 to get you going in the morning doesn’t mean your fellow carpoolers do. If quiet is requested, be considerate and can keep the noise level low.

2. Be on time. Punctuality is the key to an effective car pool. When you are the driver, remember that you are responsible for getting everyone to work on time their punctuality depends on YOU!

3. Set the rules. Establish a set of guidelines for behavior in the car with regards to smoking, eating, drinking and radio playing. Print out a copy and keep the rules in the glove compartment for easy access.

4. Create a schedule. Don’t decide who will drive each day on the fly. Compile a schedule that plans for all the driving a month in advance (at least) and accounts for vacations and substitute drivers should someone get sick on their driving day.

5. Exchange phone numbers and email addresses. If there is a change of plans, you want to be able to contact everyone in the carpool immediately. Make sure that a chain of communication is established so all parties involved can be properly informed of any schedule or driving changes. Pinning a note on someone’s office chair or desk about your availability will not suffice!

6. Drive safely. You’ve got the lives of others in your hands. Never drive in a reckless manner or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you don’t feel physically capable of driving, then ask one of your co-workers to fill in.

7. Find the best route. Work with the other individuals in your car pool to map out each day’s driving plan. Take into consideration traffic routes, timing and how to use the least amount of gas. Make sure that everyone’s needs are accounted for and that all riders/drivers are pleased with the route.

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