Sharing your commute can be a great way to start or end your work day, save money and reduce your impact.
Carpooling will save costs for fuel, maintenance, and possibly insurance. If your household can use carpooling to avoid purchasing a second vehicle, you'll save the high purchase cost, plus operating expenses like insurance and maintenance. Check out CAA’s Driving Costs Calculator to understand the cost of owning and driving your vehicle.
Reduce your impact
Reducing the number of cars on the road reduces air emissions. Fewer cars on the road also delays the environmental impacts of road building and maintenance.
Health and safety
Carpooling can provide social contact, reduce the stress of commuting, and increase your feeling of safety on the road.
The typical vehicle commute time in Whitehorse is 16.8 minutes, according to the 2016 census. As a passenger, you can use that time to socialize, work, or just sit back and relax.
How to find a carpool partner
Your neighbourhood and your workplace are the best places to find carpool partners. Ask around at work, use your company intranet, ask your neighbours, and use your social media network.
Tips for Carpooling
Once you find someone to share your ride on a regular or occasional basis, have a clear conversation about the terms of your ridesharing.
Driving Schedule; Set a schedule for driving, whether it’s a daily or a weekly rotation. Determine a way of keeping track of who has driven.
Costs: Agree on how you will share costs and how often you will reimburse one another.
Habits and other considerations: Agree in advance on how you feel about the radio, scents, smoking, eating in the car, and conversation.
Alternative rides home: Make sure you know your bus route, or try to have a backup ride in case something happens to your carpool driver.
To have a lasting carpool relationship, discuss and follow these guidelines:
- Avoid side trips unless all parties agree.
- Be on time. Delays can jeopardize the carpool.
- Don’t be offended if your partner doesn’t want to talk. Not everyone is a morning person
- Keep your car clean and properly maintained.
- Drive safely and make safety imperative. Don’t be afraid to speak out if you don’t feel safe, and conversely, don’t be offended if your carpool partner speaks out.
Advocate for carpool perks
Encourage your employer to provide benefits to carpoolers, such as:
- Designated parking spots for carpoolers.
- An emergency ride home fund so that carpoolers and other active transportation users can get home if their primary mode is not available.