Carpooling Tips


Tips for getting started

Consider the following when discussing possible rideshare arrangements:

  • What days will you carpool?
  • How will driving responsibilities be rotated (i.e. daily or weekly)?
  • Where and when will riders be picked up?
  • How long should the driver wait, if a rider is not at the designated pickup point?
  • What are the best routes to designated pickup points?
  • Identify alternative routes to avoid congested roads.
  • How will rideshare schedules be adjusted during inclement weather?
  • Sharing home, cell, and work phone numbers.
  • If members do not share the driving, how will driving costs be divided?
  • Will eating and/or smoking be allowed in the car?

Tips for a successful carpool

  • Be courteous to others in your carpool.
  • Always be on time.
  • Call other members if you are sick or running late.
  • Let other member know when you have to stay late or leave early.
  • Let members know when you will be away on business or vacation. If only one person does the driving, share the commuting costs.
  • Fill your gas tank before you leave.
  • Give yourself extra time when driving in bad weather and adjust pickup schedules accordingly.
  • Decide on a radio station/music you’d like to listen to in advance.
  • If you are the driver, plan extra time for inclement weather.

When you don't have your car at work

  • Give yourself extra time if you plan to walk to meetings or share a ride with someone else who is attending the same meeting.
  • Call extension 2714 to use the BNL Courtesy Shuttle for on-site trips between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
  • For short on-site trips, use a Department/Division assigned bicycle, when weather permits.
  • If possible, try not to schedule meetings late in the day.
  • If you are attending a late day meeting, inform others attending the meeting that you may need to leave early.
  • Use on-site banking, dry cleaning, postal, and food services to reduce the need for midday off-site trips.
  • Bring your lunch to work. Most buildings have refrigerators and microwaves.

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Last Modified: May 3, 2012