October 24 to 28, 2011
Carpooling, even once a week, could save you more than 10% of your commuting costs and a lot of traffic aggravation. You can save money on gas, parking and vehicle maintenance. Carpooling is also an efficient and sustainable way to help reduce road congestion and CO2 emissions.
You know carpooling is a good idea, but where to start? Finding carpool buddies is a lot easier than you might think.
5 easy steps to carpooling:
1. Visit Carpool.ca to find a match.
Don’t have anybody to carpool with? We can help you with that. Visit Carpool.ca to sign up and find others who share similar destinations and schedules.
2. Review your matches and get to know them.
Depending on your location, you may receive multiple matches. Send a quick email to your matches and have a brief conversation. This will help you determine whom you get along with, share your preferences (driver, rider or shared duties) and decide on schedules.
3. Make the arrangements.
Carpooling is more flexible than a lot of people think. You can take turns driving or one person can drive depending on your agreed upon needs and desires.
Before you begin carpooling, discuss costs and determine how they will be shared. Establish the ground rules and create a backup plan just in case something comes up. Finally, set up a meeting location and time.
4. Ready, set, carpool!
Now you’re all set to begin carpooling.
5. Repeat step 4.
Depending on your schedule and lifestyle, you may be able to carpool every day or only once a week. That is okay; carpooling is there for you and you can use it when it works best for you. It’s that easy!
You can also consider carpooling with other families on your children’s sports teams, or start a grocery carpool with your neighbour—you’ll have more money for treats when you get to the store.
Visit Carpool.ca to sign up for free and get your matches. During carpool week, October 24 to 28, you can also enter to win an iPad 2, Kindle, free fuel or GPS systems!