Carpooling (also known as ride-sharing) is shared use of a car, in particular for commuting to work, often by people who each have a car but travel together to save costs and in the interest of other socio-environmental benefits mentioned below.
- Carpools save money. When one shares a car/vehicle with other commuters he or she saves on fuel cost, parking cost and vehicle maintenance cost.
- Carpools decongest roads.
- Carpools reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emissions thereby reducing global warming.
- Carpools reduce driving related stress.
- Drivers carry the additional burden of potential legal action from passengers in case of an accident.
- Carpooling combines many of the disadvantages of public transportation (lack of privacy, not on-demand).
- Tends to be rather complicated to organize seriously and are difficult to keep together, due to changing travel patterns and needs.
Some helpful tips to get the most out of carpooling:
- Determine a route and schedule. Establish the morning pickup point (s) and designate a place(s) to meet for the trip home.
- Be punctual. Decide as a group how long the pool will wait for a passenger. The usual waiting time is 2 to 3 minutes.
- Establish a cost sharing arrangement. If the members of your carpool do not share the driving equally, come to an understanding of how the costs will be shared and agree on payment dates.
- Establish some ground rules. Smoking, music, food, drinks etc. Discuss possible irritants among group, i.e., some people may be sensitive to strong perfumes or colognes, some may like quiet time in the morning.
- Draw up a schedule for driving responsibilities. If all members of your carpool alternate driving, decide among yourselves if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
- Drive carefully and keep the car clean, in good repair and filled with enough gas for each trip. There should be no excuses for excessive speed, use of alcohol, or reckless maneuvers.
- Set up a line of communication. If a driver is ill, or will not be going to work one day, an alternate driver should be notified to ensure that other members or the carpool will have a ride. If a rider is ill or will not be working, the driver must be contracted as soon as possible. Ensure everyone has a copy of home, work or cell phone numbers. Don't forget to give notice of vacation, personal or overtime plans.
- Must carpool a minimum of three days per week.
- Must report any changes (vehicle, partner, etc.)
- Must exchange hanging carpool tags annually.
Definition of an "employee" for the purposes of participation in Rideshare program at Dominguez Hills shall be any one of the following:
- State employee – full or part-time employee paid by the State of California. Employee must meet all other Rideshare criteria to participate, including participation in the annual Average Vehicle Ridership Survey (AVR).
- Foundation employee (ASI, USU) -- full or part-time employee paid by auxiliary funding source. Employee must meet all other Rideshare criteria to participate, including participation in the annual Average Vehicle Ridership Survey (AVR).