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Carpooling

Carpools consist of sharing rides with two or more persons (family, friends, co-workers) in private or company automobiles to and from work or school. You can decide how often to carpool and whether driving responsibilities will be rotated or only one car will be used and costs of gas and parking shared.

With gas prices at an all-time high, there's never been a better time to form a carpool, and LOTMA can help! Apply for a free LOTMA carpool matchlist and join a carpool.

The State Department of Transportation (DOT) can also help.  To be entered into the DOT Oahu carpool database, simply go to www.state.hi.us/dot/publicaffairs/rideshare/match.htm and follow the prompts.

If you're interested in other ways to find a carpool partner, you may want to visit these sites: www.erideshare.com and www.carpoolworld.com. These are international ridesharing sites and are not in anyway associated with LOTMA. But they do have some Oahu residents listed and you may be able to find the right carpool partner.

Helpful Hints for Carpooling

1) Meet with your potential carpool partner over coffee or lunch to check compatibility.

2) Establish morning and evening pickup times and locations.

3) Arrange driving schedules a month at a time, but allow for flexibility.

4) Set some ground rules about talking, smoking, eating and radio play.

5) Call your carpool partner ahead of time if you're not planning to use the carpool one day or if you're working late.

6) Be considerate of others. Other people's habits may not be yours, but making your carpool a success means learning to live with them. When you're driving, remember you have others to consider.

7) Figure out the costs, including gas and parking. Cost sharing is unnecessary when the driving is rotated equally.

8) Whether driving or riding, be on time. Your tardiness may make others late for work or dinner.

9) Write down the names, e-mail and telephone numbers of your fellow poolers so you can reach each other quickly!

10) Check with your insurance company to determine if you have adequate coverage. You may also be eligible for a discount if your average mileage is reduced!

Remember, carpooling is flexible. Each carpool is different. What is most important is that everyone in the carpool agrees and is comfortable with each other.

We are eager to help you. Just call
677-RIDE.
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