- Pick someone with a schedule that is similar to yours
Decide if you are going to alternate driving, drive every
or ride every day.
- If it is not a shared driving
arrangement, agree on a
- 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
- 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
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
Use gasoline octane and oil viscosity recommended by the car
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