It makes sense to pool resources
Carpooling is good for the environment and for families’ schedules writes Geraldine Herbert.
Early morning school runs can be a headache for parents particularly those who are pressed for time but car pooling with other families could save you time, hundreds of Euros, and help the environment at the same time.
School drop off and pick up times cause major congestion problems in towns and around the school gates and it’s little wonder that at 8:50 am, almost one in five cars on the road are on the school run. There are also significant cost implications, with families spending over €400 annually on the drive to school in fuel costs and wear and tear to the average car
If you have spare capacity in your car, even only one spare seat setting up a car pool system can be very easy. It can be done as a causal agreement with another parent or you could consider setting up a Facebook page to encourage other parents to get involved. If the local school has their own website or Facebook page you could ask them to give it a mention.
Whether a simple arrangement with one parent or a wide group of parents all participating on different days complete with excel spreadsheets once established there are a few golden rules to car pooling;
- Car pooling is not a chauffeuring service, the convenience of having your child or children collected means you need to return the favour a few times a week also.
- Be on time, it’s not only annoying to be late but there is also a safety issue as you are more likely to take chances when you are behind schedule.
- Sooner or later, something will happen and someone will have to cancel so always have a back up driver.
- Be careful of involving too many parents, the more parents that are involved the less you will have to drive but it may mean driving a much longer distance to collect and drop off kids when it’s your turn.
- Drive safely and ensure you have the correct and properly fitted car seat for all children in the car.