What's a Carpool Captain?Every commute is an adventure, and every adventure needs a captain
Carpooling is tied around an individual car and requires the cooperation of those riding and driving. For this reason, drivers are the glue that keeps the commute together, just the way captains are for their crew.
The Carpool Captain can easily turn their car into the catalyst of the best commute possible by setting an example of punctuality, socialization, and respect for the car and each other.
Here’s a quick set of proven tips for the Captains that we’ve learned help all commuters:
1. Get to know each other!
The #1 reason for lack of carpooling in the U.S. is due to what we like to call Carpool Anxiety – that uneasy feeling you may get when entering a stranger’s car.
Encourage to sit at the front seat. Although preferences are made clear through FareShare, conversation always passes time
Topics like work, school, family and hobbies are all fair game. Try to keep it pretty simple in the beginning. No one wants to have a political debate the first time they meet, especially on the way to work!
2. Give a heads up to your riders
Letting your fellow commuters know you’re on the way allows for quick and easy pick-up, and a smooth transition back to the route.
This includes if you’re running a little late (i.e. traffic issues when picking up a rider or last-minute meeting before leaving work)
3. Drive Safe and Obey All Laws
Captains know they’re responsible for steering the ship, so they make sure their crew is always safe.
Although FareShare drivers go through a background check to ensure a clean record, keeping up that record is just as important.
Always abide to traffic signs and the speed limit. Carpooling should always be the most safe, economical, and effecient way to commute!