The Benefits of Ride Sharing: Tips for Carpooling

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.



Winter Driving Tips

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With only a little over a week left until the holidays kick in full, the folks at Parks Mazda figured it would be a good time to share some tips for holiday driving.

Traffic congestion will soon be at an all-time high, with throngs of people rushing onto the roads for last-minute shopping trips, and others going to and from holiday festivities. Combine that with the hazardous winter weather and the inadequate driving of some people who should not quite be behind the wheel and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Well, maybe not full-on disaster. But it’s a well-known fact that accidents occur more frequently around the Christmas and New Year period, and we’d like to help you avoid that. Here’s how:

First, stop by a repair shop or dealership like Parks Mazda to get a tune up. Your car needs to be in tiptop shape to handle the snowy roads. If you’ve got the know-how, you can even do it yourself—adjusting tire pressures, gauging oil levels, that sort of stuff.

Second, before going on a long road trip, consider bringing not just a road map but also a weather map. The last thing you want while venturing into unfamiliar territory—especially if the family is with you—is to get hit by an unexpected snowstorm. Check the weather and adjust your plans accordingly.

Finally, try to be more aware and cautious than usual. Drive more slowly and keep a sharp eye out. There are more people than usual driving under the influence, and although you can’t control what they do, you can control your own vehicle. We’d also recommend carpooling and using designated drivers to reduce traffic congestion and to make sure that you too don’t become one of those unsafe drivers.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our winter driving tips. Happy holidays from all of us at Parks Mazda!