Benefits of Carpooling
Gas prices and parking fees are constantly on the rise. Then you start factoring in maintenance and insurance, and your ride is becoming more expensive every year. Carpooling cuts down those expenses drastically! Try Carpool.ca's Savings Calculator to see how much you could be saving!
Greening up the Roadway
Less cars on the road means less negative environmental and health impacts. From the improvement of our local air quality to reducing the need for more road and parking infrastructure, carpooling (and other smartTRIPS) helps protects our quality of life and makes our community a greener and healthier place.
Driving in the stop-and-go traffic can be frustrating. Take turns driving and stress less about the congestion, plus the added bonus of company makes the drive more enjoyable. Who knows, you may just meet some great new friends!
Carpool.ca - a better way to get there!
Carpool.ca is a free online resource for drivers and riders to meet carpool partners in their area. Carpool.ca even has a special mapping function to help you find carpool matches anywhere along your route!
For more information or to register visit Carpool.ca.
How does it work?
Simply visit Carpool.ca to register your free account. No commitments are made by signing up and the great this is that organizing a carpool through carpool.ca includes insurance for everyone's safety. (See Carpool.ca for full details.) Once registration is complete, you can run a match report to find potential carpool matches for your origin or destination as well as matches along your specific route.
How do I contact a potential match?
Email addresses and first names are provided to other carpool members, all other information is kept confidential. Once you locate a potential match on the map, contact them to determine if a carpool can be arranged. It is recommended that you meet up with potential carpoolers beforehand to get to know each other and ensure you are a good match.
Do I have to carpool every day?
No! Talk to potential matches about carpooling once a week or whatever fits your schedule. You can always add more carpool days later.
It’s always a good idea to get together as a group and set a few ground rules. This gives everyone a chance to be upfront about their expectations. Here are some points for discussion from Carpool.ca:
- Who drives? Is it a shared driving situation or is there one designated driver and vehicle?
- Smoking/Eating: Is it a non-smoking carpool? Will eating be allowed?
- What are the costs? Establish a fare and payment schedule and stick to it.
- Where/When do you meet? Determine where you will meet, at what time, and how long you will wait for someone who is late. Be on time.
- Extra stops? Everyone wants to get to work on time and get home on time. Eliminate extra trips from your carpool route.
- The Back-Up Plan? For those rare occasions when the car won’t start, make sure you have a current list of home, work and cell phone numbers.