Carpooling Tips

by MB on April 20, 2008

I’m about to start back to school for a graduate program that will have me traveling about 400 miles – round trip – per week. Since my daily work commute is about two miles, I haven’t really felt the higher gasoline prices as much as others that have to fill up on a regular basis.

How much is this going to cost? Although, I haven’t checked my mileage in a while, I think 22 miles per gallon is a conservative estimate. 400/22 = 18.18 400 miles divided by 22 miles per gallon, means I will need to purchase an additional 18 gallons of gasoline per week. At $3.50 per gallon, that will cost an additional $63 per week, or $252 per month. Ouch!

Luckily, I should be able to cut that in half, because I have a friend attending the same program, with whom I will be able to carpool. That will save me $126 per month! This figure does not include wear and tear on my car.

It’s easy to see the benefits of carpooling, but what about the downside? I have been friends with my car pooling partner for over ten years, so I think we will get along fine for the three years we will be making the commute. However, there may be other people that live in the area joining the carpool. How am I going to get along with them? Are there some rules that can ride share work?

Here’s what I’m thinking so far:

  • If you don’t like the drivers choice of radio station, get an ipod and listen to some music or an audiobook.
  • If you are going to be late, or cannot make the trip, be sure to notify to the your fellow carpooler’s as soon as possible.
  • Have a schedule of who’s driving and when. This will eliminate confusion and hard feelings.
  • Food in the car ma be OK with you, but your fellow ride share partners. Ask before you eat.
  • Keep the speed reasonable. This will help your gas mileage, and possibly save your co-commuters some nervous moments.

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The Green Room May 6, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Gas prices are definitly putting a pinch on people’s wallets. I needed to find ways to save some money since everything else seemed to be getting more expensive.

It seems to coincide that the habits for “going green” are also habits that save you money. In stead of driving to the market once a week, I walk to the store every other day and purchase what I can fit in my reusable-canvas tote. Because I carry my tote, I also get a .10 cent discount. I use coupons, and pick up cans or bottles that I find along the way to the store.

I feel great about cleaning up my environment and I earn a few dollars every two or three weeks by recycling. Also, I don’t need to go to the gym because I’m gettiing my excercise while I’m going on my walks. With my walks and carpooling and quittiing my gym membership, I’m saving about $180 per month: $115 savings on gas, $35 on gym,$30 savings on groceries.

There are many other ways of being frugal and keeping more cash in your wallet. You’re likely to find that many of them are also good for the environment.

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