Carpool

Looking for a cheaper, stress-free and more environmentally-friendly way to get to NorthTec?

If walking, cycling or using public transport to get to class isn’t possible, there is another way to commute – by carpool. This is when two or more people share the ride to a similar or nearby destination.

Why carpool?

Carpooling is the smarter commute for a number of reasons:
  1. ​It’s kinder on your wallet: Carpooling saves you money in petrol, carparking, insurance, and other vehicle running costs such as wear and tear. The more people you share the ride with, the more money you can expect to save. It saves you time: You don’t have to waste time looking for a parking space, and walking to and from it.
  2. It provides a more sociable commute: Travelling with others can foster new friendships and create stronger social bonds as you chat during your commute.
  3. It makes you more mobile: Carpooling gives non-drivers access to vehicles and therefore provides another transport option.
  4. It reduces your carbon footprint: Carpooling reduces the number of cars on the road, and fewer cars means less traffic congestion and less damage to the environment.

NorthTec's carpool

NorthTec has arranged a free carpool matching service for our students, employees and community at CarpoolWorld. 

Access the NorthTec carpool group here

Simply click on the "Sign Up!" button to set up a personal account and enter details of your trip. Once you have created your account, you are free to search the site for other commuters who want to carpool.

You may search for those who live close to you, who have similar schedules, or who have similar driving preferences. If you are interested in carpooling with someone, simply click the provided link to send them an email, or call them if they provide a phone number. From there you are free to make arrangements that suit you both.  

Getting the most out of carpooling

There are some things you can do to make carpooling work for you:
  1. Decide who will drive (it can be one person or you can take turns), what route you’ll take, where passengers will be picked up and dropped off, and if it’s okay to make stops along the way (eg for coffee).
  2. Start carpooling a couple of days a week. Try it out to see if it works for you.
  3. Be punctual and decide how long you’ll wait for late passengers. If the driver or passenger is going to be late, they should let the others know.
  4. Decide how you’ll share petrol and parking costs.
  5. Establish some ground rules about whether or not smoking is allowed, if music can be played, and if food and drink can be consumed during the commute.
  6. Make sure you drive carefully, keep the car clean and in good repair and your insurance up to date.
  7. Ensure all carpool members have each others’ home, work and mobile numbers in case of emergencies.
  8. Agree on an alternative travel plan, should the driver be unavailable.
  9. Give your carpool time to run smoothly. It usually takes a few weeks. But once established, you’ll find carpooling really is the smarter alternative.

Disclaimer

Participation in this carpool programme is your individual decision. This service is provided solely as a referral service for potential carpool partners. It does not assess the suitability of individuals participating in the carpool programme. Participants are solely responsible for determining whether and when it is appropriate to meet with or share personal information with potential carpool partners. It is the responsibility of participants to ensure they are insured to participate in a carpool.