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Carpooling

VIU CarpoolersCarpools are defined as--
" two or more people who would otherwise bring their individual vehicles to campus and are all traveling to campus in one vehicle in lieu of their individual vehicles."

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a smooth commute.

  • Decide who will drive and when. Give everyone a list with each pooler’s phone number.
  • Choose a convenient meeting place. Either pick up each pooler at home, or meet in a central location like a Park and Ride lot.
  • Set up a schedule—and stick to it. Make sure everyone knows the schedule and is notified of changes. Decide how long you will wait for tardy riders.
  • Establish a fare. If you share the driving equally, you don't need to exchange money. If one person drives, you can simply agree on a mutually acceptable fare, or you can calculate what to charge riders by dividing the round trip mileage times cost per mile by the number of riders.
  • Establish guidelines on smoking, eating, drinking, listening to music, and seating arrangements.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good repair and has enough gas.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Some policies offer rate reductions for ridesharing.
  • Exchange home, work, and cell phone numbers and emergency contact information with your carpool partners.
  • Be considerate of perfume/product sensitivities
  • Drive safely and obey the rules of the road.
  • Be willing to compromise and communicate.
  • Agree on a back-up plan in the case of illness, mechanical problems or an emergency situation.
  • Carpooling is a cooperative effort - common sense, dependability, courtesy, planning, flexibility and accommodation are essential.
  • Have fun! Save money!