With rising fuel costs, carpooling is becoming a great way to save big when it comes to your commute. Plus, carpooling reduces greenhouse emissions and introduces you to new people. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for carpooling.

According to Drive Less Save More, carpooling can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in gas over a year. It also reduces stress, and allows you to relax when it is not your time to drive. It gives families some slack, allowing them to cut back to one car, or no cars. Finally, carpooling builds friendships and strengthens communities, all while eliminating pollution.

Tips for Carpooling

Always establish ground rules when carpooling, and make everyone sign and agree to them. This includes meeting times, food and smoking rules, as well as radio and A/C heating rules. Most carpools let the driver decide, so rules may vary. Just make sure you don’t get into any awkward power struggle scenarios.

Be accommodating. Some individuals may need to drive a little further or a little less. Being flexible is the key to a successful carpool. Make everyone feel at home, and try to understand everyone’s perspective.

Finally, be friendly! Carpooling is a great way to get to know fellow coworkers or neighbors. In addition to making gridlock more enjoyable, carpooling is a great way to meet people.

When you’re wondering how to spice up your morning and even drives, this list should make it a bit easier.