Carpooling saves you money. Even if you carpool with just one other person, you can greatly reduce your commuting expenses. Carpooling also helps improve the region’s air quality, and makes commuting less stressful.
How do I find a carpool or vanpool partner?
Want to carpool, but don’t know anyone to ride with? Our online ridematching database with match you to individuals in your area with similar commutes. Follow the instructions below to get matched with someone today!
- Login or register for Smart Trips.
- Click the Find Matches button at the upper right of the page.
- Click Find My Commute Options.
- Check that your Origin and Destination are correctly listed.
- Click Commuters for more consistent carpool partners to places such as work or school.
- Click Single Trips for single events such as concerts or football games.
- Select what you want to find.
- Select Carpool Drivers if you want to find someone to drive you.
- Select Carpool Passengers if you want someone to ride with you.
- Click on the match listed.
- Click Contact in the bottom right corner.
- Write the Commuter a message in the text box and check to included your phone number and email (optional).
- Click Okay to send message.
- A Confirmation Email will be sent to you to let you know a message has been successfully sent.
Having issues finding a match? If you have any questions or need help running a ridematch feel free to contact us.
Use these guidelines to get the most out of your carpool arrangement.
- Cover the basics. In making your carpool arrangements, be sure to get answers to some key questions:
- How often will you carpool?
- How many carpool partners will there be?
- Who will do the driving?
- Do all drivers have full insurance coverage?
- Where will you meet? Carpoolers can pick each other up at home or meet at a mutually convenient location.
- When will you meet?
- Discuss carpool costs. If commuters rotate the driving equally, money doesn’t have to exchange hands. But if only one person drives the carpool, decide how the costs of gas and parking will be handled.
- Get to know your fellow carpoolers. Carpoolers who don’t know each other sometimes feel more comfortable meeting prospective carpool partners before they drive together for the first time. Plan to talk on the phone or meet for coffee to discuss carpool specifics and decide whether or not you would feel comfortable sharing a ride. You can also arrange a trial rideshare to test the waters.
- Establish some rules. Carpoolers should agree upon certain ground rules at the outset:
- Food, coffee, smoking, and perfume/cologne usage
- Radio choices
- How long drivers will wait for delays
- Who is notified if someone is sick
- Give carpooling a trial run. Many commuters start carpooling on a trial basis for a month or two. You can always add more days and more carpoolers in the future once a routine has been established. Don’t worry about getting the details perfect right away.
- Communicate with your fellow carpoolers. If you’re running a few minutes late, call them and let them know. If you can’t carpool on a particular day, give your carpool partners ample notice so they can make other arrangements if necessary.
- Drive safely at all times.
- Keep your vehicle clean and in good condition.
- Respect any restrictions the carpool has agreed on, such as smoking, eating, or drinking.
- Make a habit of being late.
- Ask your carpool partners to make extra stops along the way so you can take care of personal errands.
- Bring up controversial topics like religion or politics unless you know your fellow carpoolers well. While some people enjoy debating the issues, others may prefer a quieter commute.
- Have lengthy cell phone conversations while you’re in the carpool.