There is no doubt about it. Carpooling is one of the best ways to make your commute to work everyday a little more eco-friendly. Many people would love to enjoy the many benefits of carpooling, which includes saving gas, cutting down on carbon emissions, and even having someone to talk to while you are stuck in traffic. However, while many people want to carpool, they simply don’t know where to start looking for a carpool buddy. If you are ready to start enjoying the benefits of carpooling, here are some great tips for finding a carpool buddy:
Find a Co-Worker. The most convenient carpool buddy to have is one who works in the same office (or office building) as you, and who lives close to you. If you know a few co-workers who live near you, ask them if they want to set up a carpool system with you. If you don’t know of any co-workers who live nearby, or at least en route to your office, leave a note on the work bulletin board. If you have a large office and simply cannot possibly know everyone in the building or where everyone lives, using the office bulletin board is a great way to find a carpool buddy.
Ask Your Neighbors. If you pay attention when you are driving out of your neighborhood, apartment complex, or similar type of residential community, you likely will notice dozens of people leaving your neighborhood at about the same time every day and turning the same direction onto the highway or other major thoroughfare as you do. Take some time to find out where your neighbors work and if they are interested in carpooling with you. You can really canvas out your efforts to your friends throughout your local community by posting a comment on Facebook or a similar social networking site asking if anyone local is interested in setting up a carpool system with you. Even if your Facebook friends aren’t interested, they may have a spouse or other friend who is interested.
Use Carpool Locator Websites. If you have exhausted all of your local contacts and cannot locate anyone who wants to carpool with you, you can always use one of the many carpool locator websites to help you find someone to share the commute with. One popular site, eRideShare.com, services the entire country. Many major cities have more localized websites that provide this service to you as well. To truly get the most use out of these websites and have the most success with finding a carpool buddy, you may need to use several of these websites.
Keep in mind that carpooling can make your commute longer. Most people won’t be standing on the highway waiting for you to drive by, so you will have to drive a little out of your way to pick them up, or vice versa. In addition, you may find that you cannot carpool every day of the week realistically because of meetings and so forth. Regardless of how often you are able to carpool with your new carpool buddy, you will surely enjoy the significant benefits that carpooling to work can provide!