Ridesharing 101: Stranger Danger

Moms all over the world have repeated the same stranger-danger mantras to their kids for years: Don’t talk to strangers! Don’t take candy from strangers! And never, ever, under any circumstance, get into a stranger’s car! Well, sorry moms, but millions of people are hopping into a perfect stranger’s car every day.

Ridehailing services like Uber and Lyft have quickly become one of the most convenient ways to get around, but they’re more suited to quick trips here and there than daily commutes. Traditional ridesharing may not sound as trendy when you call it what it is – carpooling and vanpooling – but it’s definitely a smart choice for those who want to save money on gas and parking and reduce routine maintenance on their personal vehicles.

Here are some quick tips to ridesharing in the Treasure Valley:

1.       Use MyCommuterCrew.com to find ridesharing opportunities and partners – you never know who may live and work nearby who would like to share a ride!

2.       Check with your employer for smart commute benefits and subsidies – many businesses offer to pay all or a portion of your parking fee, bus fares, or vanpool fares. Some even provide financial incentives to walk or bike to work!

3.       Take advantage of a transit benefit – if your employer includes transportation as a pre-tax benefit, you can use up to $260/month in pre-tax dollars to pay for your transportation expenses. Cha-ching!

If finding a vanpool or carpool sounds like a lot of work, don’t fret. Commuteride can help! Give us a call at 345-POOL or visit mycommutercrew.com to find options specifically for your commute!