With a new school year around the corner, carpooling might be an option that pops on to your radar when trying to get yourself and the kids to multiple places at once in the morning. Carpooling is becoming more popular for many reasons (some are the pros below), but people still have their doubts if it can work in their schedules. Still deciding? Below are a few Pros and Cons to Carpooling!
Pros to Carpooling:
Saving Some Green!
By sharing a trip with others, not only are you able to split the costs of travel with your fellow carpoolers, but you help save fuel and natural resources, as well. This is the biggest plus to carpooling for many people. Though people may come along for the ride to different destinations, once the price is split among all, it results in some savings that can be spent on other things.
Sharing Some Good Company
Whether it is you driving with others to work, meetings, or even trips to the store or your children carpooling with friends to school in the morning, sharing company is a plus. Sharing the ride with others allows you to have a less stressful commute to work for instance, and give you an opportunity to catch up on last day and get in the right mindset for what's ahead. If your kids are carpooling, lasting friendships can be formed just from an early-morning ritual on the way to school. This is definitely a pro of carpooling.
Carpooling (if you aren't the driver this time) gives you the option to multi-task while en route to your destination! If it's a much-too-early morning, you can even use to the time to catch up on some much needed ZZZ's. There are the days when chatting with the other people in the carpool is enjoyable, but some days if you are stressed over a work deadline or stressed just because you need sleep - carpooling is the answer!
Cons to Carpooling:
Conflicts of Schedule
One difficulty of a good carpool is that, without fail, schedules are not always going to align. Working around others' schedules will always result in some give and take of your own to make it work. Compromise is always necessary, but if done right, can lead to a schedule that can be adapted for everyone's changing days.
Question of Safety
If it is your child carpooling to school, as a parent, it is very important that you have chosen a safe and responsible driver. It is almost always safer if your children carpool with close friends, your children's friends' parents, neighbors, or colleagues you trust. If an accident occurs, and you are not there, blame can be place on both parties, and this can lead to issues on down the line (getting the right coverage on your auto insurance is a great help in this case). If carpooling, make sure that you have an emergency plan set in place for you children with the driver of the carpool. If you are in the carpool, the same rule goes; make sure you have a plan in place in case of accident so faults are clear in the event of an accident, and most importantly, all can stay safe.
Overall, carpooling, if figured out correctly, can save you time, money, and form some great relationships. The busy traffic of morning of afternoon commute can cause problems; sometimes these problems are better tackled together! Other times, you may need an added layer of safety before you make the switch to carpooling full-time. Contact TVC Insurance today and we can help you get insured in case of an accident. Ride on, carpoolers! Don't end up like this guy (below).