- Pick someone with a schedule that is similar to yours
- Decide if you are going to alternate driving, drive every day or ride every day.
- If it is not a shared driving arrangement, agree on a payment schedule.
- Set up a line of communication. If someone cannot make it on a given day, let the each other know in advance or ASAP
- Establish a time schedule and pick-up points. BE PROMPT.
- Establish a rule for latecomers. Decide how long the carpool will wait for a passenger (usually no more than five minutes).
- Avoid side trips on the way home.
- Decide on radio use, smoking policies and other similar concerns before you start carpooling.
- Observe the speed limit. You decrease mileage about 4 percent for every five miles an hour faster you drive on the highway.
- Accelerate smoothly. Drive at a steady pace.
- Decelerate early for stops. Braking hard wastes gas, and wears tires and brakes out faster.
- Do not let your engine idle for more than a minute. It is more efficient (and less polluting) to turn it off and start up again.
- Use gasoline octane and oil viscosity recommended by the car manufacturer.
- Check tire pressure regularly. You use about 2 percent more fuel for every pound per square inch of under inflation.
- Follow you car’s maintenance schedule faithfully, especially with respect to oil changes