Whether you’re looking to save time or the cost of gasoline, a carpool can be a great way for parents to get their kids where they need to be without the stress of driving them on a regular basis.
Carpools can be a great way to get kids to school, activities, and even for one time outings. But putting your children in someone else’s car is a choice that parents take seriously and research heavily. To get you started on making school mornings a little easier, here are a few tips for networking with other parents to set up carpools:
Go with whom you know
Chances are you probably already know a great deal of parents in your neighborhood, school, or church Having a simple conversation with them about setting up a carpool can be an easy way to decrease the stress of your everyday life.
Go to activities
When you drive your kids yourself, make a point to hang out and visit with other parents to see who is interested in carpooling. There may even already be one you can join.
Did you know that the most carpooled places kids go is school, sports, music lessons, and scouts — in that order? If your kids go to anyone of these, chances are there are probably many parents who feel the way you do and are open to carpooling options.
Use online resources
Just like most networking opportunities, there are many sites for finding carpools in any area. A few great sites include:
They keep a list of thousands of daily carpools and even provide options for those traveling across the country.
This website posts daily updates to the site for its over 250,000 users who are both seeking and offering carpools.
You can actually hire a carpool or vanpooling service through this site. A great option for parents who want to pool their resources for a reliable service.
Simply enter your starting address and destination to see existing carpools in your area. There are also great tips for starting one of your own.
Set up safety measures
Once you find a carpool, your work isn’t over. It’s important that you and other parents understand what safety measures you would like for your children, as well as listening and implementing those of others, from car seat requirements to food allergies.
Ask your kids
Be sure and ask your kids how their carpool is going when they get home. They can tell you how discipline is carried out, if the other driver is following traffic laws, and so on.
Know when to go
A carpool can carry many great benefits, but if they come with too steep a price or if you feel your children aren’t being cared for properly, don’t be afraid of politely withdrawing them and starting the search over.
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Atwood, C. (n.d.). Carpooling Tips For Parent. Retrieved from eurekaaler.org