Remember what a blast you had carpooling with your soccer team or best friends in school? You got to spend some fantastic time together sharing a ride, playing some car games, and bonding before it was time for school or practice for the big game. However, now that you’re in the driver’s seat, it can seem like carpooling isn’t always such a blast. Screaming voices, traffic in the drop off line, a huge mess in the backseat (although an organizer might help) – these are just a few of the wonderful things you get to deal with when it’s your week to drive. With a few tricks up your sleeve, you can change that perspective and help make the most of your child’s carpooling time whether it’s your turn to take the crew to school, practice, or anywhere else around town.
Carpooling was the original ridesharing, and today you can find an app to help you streamline the carpooling process. Not the biggest fan of some of the kids (or parents) in your current carpool situation? There are plenty of other options, especially as kids are busier than ever with extracurricular activities. You can also enjoy the convenience of having someone else pre-service the car in some cases. Every organization has different regulations, so make sure you check the details to choose a service that works for you. Carpooling doesn’t always mean you’re going to take a turn driving and/or using your own vehicle. In many cases, you’ll simply chip in for gas and get to keep your own vehicle’s wear and tear to a minimum.
Still not convinced? Here are a few perks to carpooling your kids that might change your mind:
- You can learn more about your kids in this atmosphere. Remember how you thought the adults might as well be on another planet when you carpooled as a kid? As an adult, you find out it’s the perfect opportunity to be a fly on the wall of your child’s life. Here, you can glean information including who their friends are, worries they may not share with you, and get a glimpse into your child’s life that you rarely get to see.
- Save money. The more people in a carpool, the less everyone pays. You’ll save money not only on gas but on parking fees and the upkeep of putting more miles on your own vehicle.
- Enjoy good karma by being kind to the environment. Lighten your carbon footprint, and you’ll feel better about your commute. That good feeling will snowball into perks in other aspects of your life.
- Let your child try out new activities without changing your schedule. It’s great when kids want to try a new sport or artistic endeavor, but when you’re always the one driving, that means you’re constantly having to change your schedule. Carpooling lets your child try out new activities without completely disrupting your list of things to do that day. It’s a win-win for all.
- Save time. Driving your kids on a daily basis to everywhere they need to go can be a huge time suck. Carpooling frees up the majority of your days and times so you can get more done—and reserve more quality time for bonding with your family when you’re not behind the wheel.
Make the commutes better for both you and your child by giving carpooling a chance.