Why Carpooling DOESN’T Suck If You’re Well Equipped

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Remember what a blast you had carpooling with your soccer team or best friends in school? You got to spend some fantastic time together sharing a ride, playing some car games, and bonding before it was time for school or practice for the big game. However, somewhere along the line, adults got the idea that carpooling wasn’t that great. That’s starting to change now that we’ve fully embraced the idea of ridesharing, but we still have a way to go. It’s time to re-imagine that carpool, especially if you’re considering an office carpool to avoid parking stress and the increasing cost of gas this summer.

fuel-meter-311685_1280Working with a carpool vehicle organization can help you easily connect with fellow commuters (ongoing or one-time) who are taking a similar route as you. When you go this route, not only will you get to meet new people (without feeling like you’re stuck with them for good), but you can also enjoy the convenience of having someone else pre-service the car in some cases. Every organization has different regulations, so make sure you check the details to choose a service that works for you. Carpooling doesn’t always mean you’re going to take a turn driving and/or using your own vehicle. In many cases, you’ll simply chip in for gas and get to keep your own vehicle’s wear and tear to a minimum.

Still not convinced? Here are a few perks to carpooling as an adult you’re missing out on:

  1. Avoiding the stress of driving during rush hour. Let the driver handle that. You can kick back, chat with your carpool friends, take care of business on the go, or even nap. This is your time, and there’s no need to arrive at the office with your blood pressure already spiked.
  2. Save money. The more people in a carpool, the less everyone pays. You’ll save money not only on gas but on parking fees and the upkeep of putting more miles on your own vehicle.
  3. Enjoy good karma by being kind to the environment. It’s very unlikely that every person actually needs to drive themselves—and only themselves—to work. Lighten your carbon footprint and you’ll feel better about your commute. That good feeling will snowball into perks in other aspects of your life.
  4. Up your social game. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to make friends as adults? Carpooling gives you an entirely new opportunity to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t. In some situations, there might be different folks in every carpool so every commute is unique. You might make new friends and not “waste” any time doing so. Either way, you need to commute, so why not widen your social circle in the process?
  5. Save time. Do you spend too many minutes looking for a parking space? Carpooling can drop you off right at the entrance so you’ll save some of the most precious commodity of all.

Challenge yourself to give carpooling a chance at least once a week and see what a difference it can make.