Get to know your neighbours – at home and at work. Share a ride sometimes or every day. Save on parking, gas and car repairs. Whatever your reasons, carpooling can work for you.
Finding a Match
Finding friends to carpool with to a concert or a neighbour who works in the same area as you can be pretty straightforward. Finding a carpool for work can be a bit more challenging.
In 2017, Green Action Centre launched GoManitoba, which brought the powerful technology of RideShark to our province. Learn more about this exciting program, and encourage your workplace or organization to register for a sub-site.
Found a carpool match? Here are a few suggestions on finding a fair fee for sharing your ride.
Workplaces can encourage carpooling by providing preferential parking spots and marking them with signage noting these spaces are for carpoolers only. An example would be a parking spot closest to the entrance. This can be a great means of carpool promotion, especially in the coldest months of winter!
An Emergency Ride Home program at the workplace can make it easier to choose carpooling. It provides a bit of peace of mind when you know you can take a taxi in the event of a family emergency or another unusual event.
Tips to Create a Successful Carpool:
- If this is a new carpool, suggest a getting-to-know-you meetup at a public place, like a coffee shop.
- Decide which days you want to carpool and if you’ll take turns driving. If one person does most of the driving, decide on the amount and method of reimbursement. The Federal Standard Mileage Rate is a good place to start.
- Talk about where your carpool will meet. Park and ride lots can make great meeting places.
- Decide on some ground rules around smoking, musical preferences and food and drinks in the car.
- Communicate! Share your contact information and make sure you alert your carpool if you have a change in plans.
- Be sure to check your insurance policy to make sure carpool members are covered.
- Be flexible, considerate and patient. Plans change, and you may need to adapt.