Carpooling is a time-tested and money-saving institution to many commuters. There are many advantages, but also a few disadvantages as well.
You need to be able to be in the right place at the right time in order to be picked up or dropped off. Causing others to be late for work will not endear you to your carpooling group or make for a pleasant commute to the office. If you are the one driving, you need to be committed to being on time and ensure that everyone understands this, because your other riders will feel offended if you allow someone to repeatedly make them late. It might be a good idea to decide as a group how long you will all wait for a participant who is running behind.
Everyone involved should have an agreement about whether eating, drinking, or distractions, such as video games and phone conversations, should be allowed. There are few things more miserable than a drive to work with several different, unappreciated activities going on at once.
Many a business dilemma has been solved through carpooling conversations, and true and lasting friendships have been made from getting to know those you ride to and from work with on a daily basis. It can be one the most interesting parts of the day.
All in all, carpooling can be a great way to save money on gas, prevent wear and tear on your vehicle and even get to the office a little quicker, if you drive in a high-occupancy vehicle lane. Many companies offer incentives to employees who carpool, such as preferred parking.
You are the one who must decide if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of carpooling and whether you would feel safe with others driving or comfortable driving others.