So you want to try Carpooling! Maybe you’ve heard about the new commuting tool GoManitoba but not sure what this whole cramming into one car thing is all about…
In addition to saving money and reducing vehicle wear-and-tear, carpooling also reduces stress, is more environmentally friendly, and often actually saves time. Research shows that employees who carpool are more engaged in their work and need to take fewer sick days.
Carpooling also helps to reduce parking stress in the city, making more space for a vibrant urban environment with fewer parking lots.
All you have to do to get started is register and create a user profile at www.GoManitoba.ca to see all of your carpool and green commuting options.
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. Full Hints and Tips to Keep It Safe And Fun here!
- 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.
Don’t just take our word for it!
Hear it straight from some of our Commuter Challenge carpool participants:
Commuting by bike or walk/run also helps get you active and saves you time and money from parking/getting stuck in traffic. Unfortunately my current work area is too far to bike or walk/run to work (40 kms), so I carpool with another person from my work. It is a great team building exercise as we now know each other better than if we drove ourselves to work separately and we save money on gas/car maintenance. – Remi Dupont
I find that carpooling is a great way to visit and unwind after a day at work. – Rebecca Lett
It was great to see how many tons of CO2 was saved just by car pooling! We carpool to save money and it’s convenient for us! – Jerilyn
My coworker who bikes to work during the spring, summer, and fall was pretty annoyed that I won a prize for carpooling 3 times to work during the commuter challenge. This was the first time I have carpooled. Ever. So suck it, Bran. – Lucy Johnson