What is carpooling?
A carpool is made up of two or more people sharing a ride in a private or company automobile. Carpools can operate in many different ways and are very flexible; you decide on your own arrangements. From once a week to every day, it's all up to you. A common approach is to rotate vehicle use among carpoolers with no exchange of money.
- Save Money
- Reduces air pollution emissions and is better for the environment
- Save wear and tear on your car.
- Gives you extra study time / time to prepare for your day
- Allows you to catch a few extra Z's (when you are not the driver)
- Frees up existing parking spaces on campus
- Great way to reduce the stresses of driving
- Arrive more refreshed and ready to work
- Meet new and interesting people
How do I get started?
ECU's easy-to-use Web-based matching makes it easy. Sign up and you can find potential carpool partners with similar class schedules and commuting preferences. Best of all it's free. Just visit http://www.carpoolworld.com/ecok.html to sign up.
Carpool Safety Tips
By taking proper precautions and using common sense, commuters can have a safe and enjoyable carpool. ECU strongly recommends following these tips when establishing a carpool:
- Make sure all carpool members can correspond by email
- Avoid giving out personal information when setting up a carpool
- Take a friend and meet a potential carpool partner in a public area before carpooling with that person
- Join a carpool with more than one person
- Make your pick-up/drop-off point a public location until you thoroughly trust the other individual. (You may desire to make this arrangement permanent.) Meet at a public park or contact churches, restaurants or other establishments that benefit from having cars in their lot.
- Confirm your prospective travel partner's phone number by calling it. Other ways of increasing confidence include exchanging photographs, copying your travel partner's driver's license or other photo ID information and asking for personal references and calling them.
- Exchange emergency contact numbers before traveling, and exchange any important medical information.
- Test the waters with a "trial period"
- Use common sense and trust your instincts
- If something doesn't feel right, don't do it