Carpool etiquette

Ahhh, where would we be without rules?

Once you have been introduced to each other via the Carpool Zone website, and have established that your commute times and locations are compatible, it might be a good idea to meet face-to-face to discuss details over a coffee or a cup of tea.

Since you could be spending a significant amount of time together, it makes sense to come to an agreement about what can be done in the car, like eating, drinking or smoking. Is anyone sensitive to perfume, for example?

Be up front about whether you prefer silence to conversation, and determine which radio stations and music types are acceptable to everyone (or take turns choosing the station). Respect each others’ requirements for a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

It may seem pretty basic, but make an effort to keep your car clean, in good repair and filled with enough gas for each trip. And if you don’t drive carefully and responsibly, you risk losing your carpool buddy!

Be patient; it usually takes a few weeks for everyone’s routine to gel. And remember, you don’t have to carpool every day. Find out what works best for you and your new friends!

Celebrate Carpool Week (Feb. 7 – 11, 2011)!


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