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Have wheels, will drive!

November 21st, 2006 at 09:38 am

If you travel solo or as a couple for the holidays, check to see if your community has a ride board. Many communities have ride boards, especially those near college campuses, but they often go under-utilized.

I posted a free ads offering a ride from our locality to the city where Mr. Bean and I are spending Thanksgiving. The good news is I've already received two inquiries. We can only fit two passengers, so this is perfect.

I find its best to state upfront how much you expect for gas and expenses. I also find it's best to state an exact amount, rather than "you pay gas and tolls", to avoid any awkward conversations. This week, were traveling about 250 miles each way (500 RT) and I request $50 per rider for the round trip. Many drivers mention splitting expenses, but I feel that Im providing the vehicle, paying the insurance, and driving, so the riders can pay for the gas. Given that there are limited buses and planes in and out of my area, Im sure that my price is still much cheaper than the alternatives and I provide door to door service!

5 Responses to “Have wheels, will drive!”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    very cool (and possibly profitable!). have a great holiday!

  2. pjmama Says:

    I'll have to look into these boards... I'm always in need of a ride!

  3. sarah Says:

    Don't you worry aboout safety doing this. I think this would scare me.

  4. threebeansalad Says:

    Sarah- you bring up a good point. All my riders have been from the University community so I can look up their email address in the university directory and get an address and phone number. All the passengers we've had have been students who don't have their own cars. I was in a similar situation not too long ago!

  5. PRICEPLUS Says:

    My concern was the same as Sarah's. You say the riders are form the college community so I guess it is okay. Are there insurance implications?

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