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Carpool Etiquitte & Tips
  1. Call or email the people on your ridematch list. Don't be shy. They're looking for a carpool partner, just like you. Let them know you received their name through CommuterLink's Online Ridematching Service. Get to know them, talk about specifics, maybe even go out for coffee or lunch if they work by you.
  2. Decide who's driving and when. How many days will you ride together? Which ones? Will you alternate driving duties each day, each week or have one person do it all?
  3. Set ground rules. Agree up-front on issues like choice of radio stations, smoking, eating in the car and side trips.
  4. Decide on a time and place to meet. Will you pick each other up at home or at another location such as a Park & Ride lot? Give each other a 5-minute window for unexpected delays.
  5. Figure out the costs. No money has to change hands if everyone drives an equal amount. But if one person drives more, putting more miles on his or her vehicle, other passengers should help cover gas, parking and tolls. Try our handy Savings Calculator to see how much you could save.
  6. Exchange important info. Just in case, share emergency contact and insurance information before starting your carpool.
  7. Give plenty of notice if you'll be away. Let your buddies know about vacations and personal days well in advance, so they can make other arrangements. If you're taking a sick day or have a personal emergency, notify others right away.
  8. Be sure to sign up for Guaranteed Ride Home. If you can't leave with your carpool for any reason, you'll always have a way to get home – for free! Take a taxi or transit and we'll reimburse you. (limitations apply)
  9. Take care of your car. Keep it well-serviced, comfortable and clean.
  10. Drive safely! Always make your passengers feel they're in good hands.