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Carpooling can be a great way to save money, reduce traffic, and lower carbon emissions. Here are some safety tips for carpooling:

  1. Verify participants: Make sure you know and trust the people you’re carpooling with. Consider carpooling with colleagues, friends, or acquaintances from reliable sources, like MidPenRideShare.
  2. Plan routes and schedules: Establish clear schedules and pick-up/drop-off points in advance. This helps everyone know where they need to be and when, reducing confusion and potential delays.
  3. Regular vehicle maintenance: Ensure the car you’re using is in good condition. Regular maintenance checks for brakes, tires, lights, and fluid levels can help prevent breakdowns and ensure everyone’s safety.
  4. Buckle up: Encourage all passengers to wear seatbelts at all times. It’s a simple safety measure that significantly reduces the risk of injury in case of an accident.
  5. Avoid distractions: As a driver, focus on the road. Minimize distractions like texting, phone calls, or adjusting the radio while driving.
  6. Emergency preparedness: Have emergency supplies in the car, including a first aid kit, flashlight, water, and necessary tools. Also, ensure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
  7. Follow traffic laws: Obey speed limits, traffic signals, and other road rules. Safe driving practices are essential for everyone’s well-being.
  8. Share responsibilities: If possible, rotate driving responsibilities among the carpoolers. Sharing the driving duties reduces fatigue and keeps everyone alert during the commute.
  9. Communication is key: Establish clear communication channels among carpoolers. Whether it’s about changes in schedule, pick-up points, or any other important information, good communication ensures everyone stays informed.
  10. Trust your instincts: If something doesn’t feel right or if a situation seems unsafe, trust your instincts and take necessary precautions. It’s better to be cautious than to take risks.

Remember, safety is a shared responsibility. By following these tips and encouraging a culture of safety among all carpoolers, you can make your rides safer and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

MidPenRideShare is a free service operated by the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission for residents, workers, commuters, and tourists in Virginia’s Middle peninsula (Counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex and the towns of Tappahannock, Urbanna, and West Point).
The Commission has partnered with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and their Virginia-wide ConnectingVA program to provide free ridematching to find carpools, vanpools, and all forms of public transportation, trip planning, and information on park-and-ride lots, bike share services, electric vehicle charging stations, and rewards.