December 15, 2006, Newsletter Issue #42: Ridesharing

Tip of the Week

Ridesharing can be a great way to get where you're going, save gas or get help with expenses. Unfortunately, it's often tough to make connections with people who have the same commute you do, or who are headed the same direction you are.

Such connections can sometimes be made through ads in the newspaper, and some government transportation authorities run clearinghouses for ridesharing. Often, though, people who need or can give rides are increasingly finding one another online.

Shop around for ridesharing boards -- some offer more protection than others. On some, for example, the person posting an ad must provide some proof of identity, and the operators of others offer limited guarantees.

Before you share a car with a stranger, establish the driver's preferences for smoking, eating, conversation, and music. If possible, meet the person ahead of time in a public place and make sure you feel comfortable with him or her.

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