Carpooling is when people share a ride in a vehicle together to a planned destination. Carpooling saves fuel and reduces air pollution and travel costs. This form of transportation is defined as having two or more people in the vehicle.
How Carpooling Works
Carpools share commute expenses. There are two basic types of carpool arrangements:
- The participants use one car owned by one driver. The driver calculates his or her operating costs for the daily commute, then divides by the number of riders to determine how much each rider should contribute. The riders and driver agree to a periodic (daily, weekly, monthly) payment plan.
- Alternatively, the participants can rotate car use and drivers so that each person's vehicle and time is shared equally. No money is exchanged in this arrangement.
Simple Ways to Carpool
- Share a ride to work with someone that lives close to your home.
- Trade off providing rides to friends' and families' children while taking your own children to school or after-school activities.
- If you cannot carpool every day to work try carpooling just one day per week. It can still save miles on your car and keep some money in your pocket.
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