Brian Alden and Aaron Peckels, B/E Aerospace
Why did you start carpooling?
BA - I just bought a new house, and I now have a 45- to 60-minute commute every day. Gas costs are a big part of my budget, and this really can’t be good for my carbon footprint either.
How do you effectively arrange the carpool?
AP - Brian drives since his vehicle is much more efficient. We split the cost of gas 50/50 and keep track of the tab on a shared spreadsheet. We tend to like the same music, so Brian will play his music, or we’ll listen to the radio. Being new homeowners, we talk about projects we are working on and other house-related topics.
What do you like about carpooling? And what don’t you like? Any concerns?
BA - I like reducing my gas bill and carbon footprint. I like that Aaron and I have become closer friends as a result. I like that it forces me to leave on time every day (to and from work). I have lost out on some audio book listening time, but that’s chump change.
AP –It has helped both of us get to and from work at a consistent time. Since I don’t have my vehicle to go to lunch, I have opted to bring my lunch to work – which has resulted in further cost savings. However, I can’t run errands over my lunch break.
Any recommendations for someone interested in carpooling for the first time?
AP - Sign up on the Sun Rideshare website and search for carpool matches. Take the initiative to contact the matches and try to set up a carpoolarrangement.
BA - This is how Aaron and I learned we lived across the street from each other [Sun Rideshare travel database]. It even allows you to set match restrictions based on how far out of your way you’re willing to go, how you want to divide responsibility and what personal preferences you have for radio/talk, etc.