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Using the Web to Carpool

Posted by GNC at 6:11 PM on October 3, 2008

I may be the only one who has noticed that gas prices are ridiculously high now days. Ok maybe not the only one. Heck, even finding gas was a problem here in Georgia the past 2 weeks. So I have been surfing around to check out carpooling websites. I even thought of creating a simple one for my area, but don’t want to waste my time if there is a good site that I can just link to or promote on my local website. Carpooling is an immediate answer to everyone’s complaints about using their 401K to buy fuel. After the financial problems recently I guess the 401K may not be enough now. Gas is $4 a gallon here which can make fueling up each month as expensive as the payment on the thing (visit Dave Ramsey.com to get educated on why car payments are dumb anyway). So if you spend $400 per month on gas & could carpool to work each week that would save you substantial dollars. Maybe even close to half. So that would virtually make gas $2 a gallon again.

The problem is that carpooling takes work and could be a pain in the buttocks. It is hard enough to get your own family to get on the same schedule much less syncing up with a stranger and depending on him / her to get you to work on time. The last thing you want is to get in trouble at work or miss appointments because you got hooked up with a disorganized individual or worse, a complete nut. But people meet online to date and some even get married so I know it can work out. My best friend & I rode together to work for about 4 years & never had a problem. We were friends so that certainly helped. But you don’t have to be locked into just one carpooling partner. You can have multiple ones. One for work, one for ball games, one for church, etc. Of course this works better in a more populated area but it can work just about anywhere. It just depends on how much pain the gas costs are causing you. I know I am looking into it for our family because it hurts pretty badly right now! Has anyone had any luck with the various carpool websites?