Tips For Trips
The Kootenay Rideshare is easy and safe to use, but you must exercise judgment and caution before accepting or offering a ride to someone you don't know. Follow these tips to make your trip a safe and pleasant one.
Kootenay Rideshare does not perform background checks or screen postings in any other way. It's up to you to learn what you need to know for a safe journey. Here are some recommendations to get you started:
- Obtain a work number or other contact number for the driver/rider, and ask if you can contact someone for a reference.
- If possible, meet your driver/rider in a public place before getting into the car.
- Ask questions about the vehicle: age, condition, appropriate seasonal tires, etc. and about the driver: Do you drive the speed limit? Are you a conscientious driver? Do you have sufficient insurance coverage? These questions help to establish guidelines for travel that are comfortable for both of you - it's your safety! Don't forget to discuss plans for frequent stops to get refreshed and rested; possible sharing of driving duties to keep drivers alert, etc.
- Discuss the suggested contribution BEFORE departing! While Rideshare is not meant to advertise for-profit shuttle businesses, it is prudent for drivers to ask for costs to cover vehicle wear and tear as well as fuel. We suggest that passengers pay $30-$50 for a 600-700 kilometre trip, depending on the number of other riders.
- If you need to cancel, please contact the other person. It is NOT respectful to just not show up!
- Once you agree on a meeting time, please be on time. Whether you are the driver or a passenger, people relying on transportation for appointments, employment, or events often cannot afford to wait for you. Call ahead if you know you are going to be late. Better yet, plan ahead so you can be on time.
- Discuss your travel plans in detail and/or agree on a timeline for arrival that allows for necessary or desired stops.
- If you experience a situation in which you feel your safety was compromised during a Rideshare trip, you can post warnings on the Forum.
- When your ride is full, please delete your ride so people don't get their hopes up
Tips for Commuters
Kootenay Rideshare is a great way to build a carpool. If you are making the same trip repeatedly (for example, a weekly trip from New Denver to Kaslo or a daily trip from Nelson to Trail), just click on the "recurring trip" box when adding a journey. Enter the details of your trip in the trip description (how often, what times, etc).
Tips for Transporting Goods
Sometimes you just need to get a bag of rice from one place to another. There's no need to travel all the way if there's already someone making a trip! Just choose Goods from the drop down menu when adding a journey. Make sure to be specific about where, when, and what.