How does it work?
1) Create your personal RideSearch profile.
2) Sign up for a membership.
3) Search listings using the "Find a Ride" button.
4) Reply to other listings by checking the message center for new messages from other carpoolers.
Who will be able to see my personal information? My Personal Information
You will only be known by your "user name"
. None of your personal information (real name, or phone etc) will be available. Your Home Location and Work Location WILL be viewable for searching. That is why it is best to use a home intersection instead of a home address. After you've found potential carpoolers, you will be given the ability to release the pieces of information you desire to individual RideSearch members in our message center to make communication easier. My Email
Initially, your communications with other RideSearch users will be "double blind". This means that you will communicate with other users via our message center, but neither of you will know the others actual email address. You will communicate with each other using your "user names". If you choose, you will be able to release your email address to individual members. This will make communication easier.
How much money will I save?
Probably more than you would expect. The AAA (American Automotobile Association) lists their "Composite National Average" at $0.52 per mile
. This estimate includes maintenance, tires, insurance, license and registration, loan finance charges and depreciation costs. However, the study
used an average fuel price of $2.41 per gallon
. Nationwide averages are significantly higher now. Considering gasoline prices are volitile these numbers are likely to rise and fall depending on many factors.
Try our SAVINGS CALCULATOR to see your potential savings.
I don't have a car. Can I still become a member?
No problem. Many RideSearch members are simply looking to lower their transportation costs and possibly make a friend in the process. Simply pay your portion of the gas and parking. (You may consider offering to contribute a little extra as you are not paying for the cost of depreciation on a personal vehicle. Here is a typical formula
for determining rider contributions.) Please note that payment arrangements, terms, methods, collection etc. are the sole responsibility of the parties in the carpool.
What if I...have an emergency and have to leave early
Though rare, this is most people's primary concern. In the event that the driver will not be able to return everyone home, the first thing to do is to notify all riders immediately
. This will give them time to make alternative arrangements.
Fortunately, in this area we have multiple transportation options available:
- Contact a friend, relative or your spouse for a ride
- Arrange a ride with a co-worker
- Make use of the city's public transportation system
- ...and if reasonable, go "old-school" and walk. Though shocking to some, this is a proven and effective method of movement still in use today by many throughout the world. It can also be used for the basis of one of those treasured "Back in my day..." stories.
In a "Worst Case Scenario" you can always call a cab. Though somewhat expensive, a cab ride is only a fraction of your potential yearly savings from using RideSearch. In the future RideSearch may allow you to search for cabs...
What if I...have children in daycare?
This is a common question. Here are several workable solutions:
- If you're the driver that day, drop the children off early
- Talk with your childcare provider, explain your carpooling arrangements and request permission to leave your car on their premesis. If they agree to this, you can make the daycare facility your permanent meeting point or use it only when needed.
- Select an acceptable public area near you daycare and make that your meeting point.
- Ask your group members if they would be willing to add the daycare stop as part of commute. (This may be slightly more difficult if a car seat is involved or the distance to the daycare facility is prohibitive.)
- Post a RideSearch flyer at the facility to find potential carpoolers. The best people to carpool with are those who work where you do, live where you do, and stop at places you do. So it is in your best interest to post flyers in those locations.
What if I...have to run an errand during the day?
Simply arrange to be the driver for that specific day or the week. One thing to be stressed is a merciful attitude when dealing with carpooling and even others in general. It is not a perfect system, but over time it is one that has many benefits.
This arrangement has become uncomfortable. Can I get out of it?
All RideSearch agreements are "at will" so any party can get out at any time for any reason. RideSearch does not negotiate with members in your carpool and has no involvement in whatever deals or policies your carpool initiates. It is up to you to notify the other users you no longer wish to carpool with them. Though there is always the possibility that a group or member won't work out, there is a great deal you can do to make sure everyone will be comfortable. Please see the following links for suggestions:
Suggestions for Success