Q. Who does the Driving?
A. In some carpools, each carpool member takes turns driving their own vehicle, while in others there is only one driver. There is no hard and fast rule - it is totally dependent upon the individual circumstances of those in your carpool.
Q. What if I don't have a car?
A. No problem. When you are registering with Cool to Pool simply indicate that you wish to be a passenger only.
Q. How much should carpool passengers pay?
A. This is one of questions asked by potential carpoolers and, unfortunately, there is no simple answer. In carpools where driving is equally shared, no money usually changes hands as each member is using his or her personal vehicle an equal amount of time. When only one person does the driving, or when there is an unequal split of driving responsibilities, the cost-sharing arrangement must be discussed by those in the carpool. The carpool members are free to base the costs on whatever they may choose.
Q. How much will I save by carpooling?
A. Depending on your vehicle and driving patterns, the cost savings can be significant. Use the commute cost calculator to determine your costs.
Q. Do I have to carpool everyday?
A. No! You can carpool every day or only a few days a week. You and your carpool members decide upon the schedule. Some people even belong to two carpools - you may carpool with one carpool on Mondays and Wednesdays and then join a second carpool for the remainder of the week.
Q. What do I do if the people that Cool to Pool matches me with don't really live that close to me?
A. Cool to Pool is new. It takes time for people to register and to populate the database. If you don't find any compatible partners on the first try, come back again in a week or two.
Q. What happens if I am sick?
A. Call your carpool partner or follow the chain of communication that has been decided upon at your initial meeting. If you're the driver, try to give as much advance warning as possible.
Q. What happens if I oversleep or am late?
A. Being late, or having to wait longer than anticipated, is one of the most common reasons why carpools fail. Just like a bus, carpools work best when they are on a defined schedule. Being on time is just as important in a carpool as it is with transit. Each carpool should have clearly defined guidelines for how long they will wait.
Q. What if I have a doctors appointment or errands to run before, during or after work?
A. Schedule your appointments on the days you don't carpool. Sharing a ride on those days may not make sense.
Q. What if I have to drive my child to daycare or school?
A. If the other members of your carpool don't have similar arrangements, make the day care center or the school your pick-up and drop-off point. That way you can schedule your pick-up time to correspond to the time when you know your child is happily settled in for the day.
NOTE: If you are going to have a pick-up / drop-off point different than your home zip, just make sure you enter the origin and destination address of the location where you would like to be picked up and dropped off.
Q. What if I have to work late?
A. If you know you have to work late on a particular day then don't carpool. Carpooling is meant to be a flexible and convenient arrangement. On those days when it is not convenient, commute to work in another manner. Take the bus, your bike, walk, telecommute or drive your own car.
Q. What if my carpool isn't working out?
A. Give your present carpool sufficient notice that you will be leaving. Go back to Cool to Pool to find a new carpool partner and try again.