What are some good vanpooling tips?

  • Take care of the van. Passengers should dispose of newspapers, coffee cups and anything else they brought. Drivers must take the van in for maintenance, keep usage logs and fill the van with gas.
  • Establish some rules. Each van pool member should have a chance to express his/her needs and concerns. Vanpoolers should agree upon certain ground rules at the outset such as:
  • Food, coffee, perfume/cologne usage
  • Radio choices
  • Drive safely
  • While you should not be a "backseat driver," you should immediately address concerns about a driver's driving practices.
  • Follow good van pool etiquette. Every van pool is unique, but good etiquette is essential to keep it running smoothly. Good etiquette takes into account communication, courtesy, and the safety of everyone in the van pool.
  • Do:
  • Communicate with your fellow vanpoolers.
  • Drive safely at all times.
  • Keep your van clean and in good condition.
  • Respect any rules the van pool has agreed, such as restrictions on eating or drinking.
  • Don't:
  • Make a habit of being late.
  • Bring up controversial topics such as religion or politics unless you know your vanpoolers very well. While some people may enjoy discussing or debating these issues, other may prefer a quieter commute.
  • Have lengthy cell phone conversations while you are in the van pool.