Carpool Back to School

There are two types of people in this world – natural born carpoolers and those who need to be converted. Yet with the price of gas soaring to the stratosphere and increasing concern about fuel emissions and global warming, even the non-converted are becoming easy to sway. With recent reports that some school bus services are being cut due to the price of fuel, back to school carpooling may become a necessary endeavor.

For some people the mechanics of starting a back to school carpool may be evident. Maybe you have friends or neighbors that would make obvious ride sharers. But for others, it may take a bit more legwork. Here are a few tips to get your wheels in motion:

You may not know it, but some schools have carpooling programs already set up, so check with the school administration office.

If there isn’t a carpooling system already set up, talk to the school’s administration or PTA to ask if they will help you.

Check with your state’s department of transportation or department of environmental quality for information on how to start a carpool, there is a lot of support material available.

Contact parents you already know about carpooling.

Contact the PTA or your child’s teacher to see if they know other parents interested in sharing rides.

If your child’s school has a directory, determine which children live in your area and contact those parents to see if they’re interested.

Advertise your desire to start a carpool at a PTA meeting, a school newsletter, a school list serve, or on bulletin boards.

Find a carpool in your area doing an Internet search using the keywords “carpool” with your town or city name.

Go online and check carpool and sites that help connect drivers and riders in your area. These are several free services: Try eRideShare or Carpool World.

18 comments

Rashedul Islam
Rashedul Islam2 years ago

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for information.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Shalini R.
Shalini R.5 years ago

There are n-number of websites offering free service to connect carpool providers and seekers. One such carpool website is http://www.carpoolssearch.com You can post your carpool ad or join a already posted one. Thanks! Shalini.

Monica M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Some Carpooling Portuguese Sites:

http://www.accaoanimal.com

http://compartir.org/

http://www.carpool.com.pt/

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Anton B.
Anton B.5 years ago

Another carpooling website that is nice to have a look at is backseatsurfing.com,this site combines ride sharing with social networking so you can check with whom you step into the car.

Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat6 years ago

Thanks.

Lola M.
Lola M.6 years ago

One more carpool website:
http://www.carpoolssearch.com/

Maria H.
Past Member 6 years ago

We tried to carpool with several neighbors in kindergarten and quickly found I was the ONLY parent willing to actually stand with 5 year olds until the aides and teachers came outside. So now my son and I walk- alone. Sigh.

Marco C.
Marco C.6 years ago

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