Carpooling, which was basically unheard of a decade ago, is now a buzzword for savvy savers. Rising gas prices have dictated a change in the way we use our vehicles. Carpooling is now widely used in many communities and it has grown in popularity.
While you might initially be put off at the idea of riding with strangers, this is a great way to meet new people. It is also a good way to help someone who doesn’t own a car but is willing to chip in for gas and other incidentals.
Finding Carpooling Services
Here are a few steps you can take to find a service in your area:
- Post questions on chat rooms and in Instant Messaging services. The people you connect with online often have information and may belong to online communities dedicated to saving money.
- Check online directories like Canada 411 and local Yellow Pages. These helpful web pages are created to help people who want to carpool. They are usually equipped with detailed maps, tips and advice for those new to this way of traveling.
- Search for group specific carpooling services. Students are usually on the lookout for ways to save money on gas. Some services are open only to students of universities or other institutions.
- Talk to friends and family. If you have moved or started a new job, carpooling should be one of your first concerns. People you know may be aware of or use a carpooling service it to get to work.
Of course if all else fails you could try organizing your own carpooling service. Be sure to discuss and agree with other members of the team on certain rules and etiquette to avoid problems later on.