With gas prices now over 4 bucks a gallon and speculation that prices are only going one direction in the near future (can you say "up"?), we’ve (Quicken Loans) just launched a new carpooling program called Divide the Ride. Divide the Ride is a great idea and couldn’t come at a better time. Kudos to our guys who put it together.
Here’s how it works: Quicken Loans team members go to an intranet site that, using maps and other data, matches them up to other interested Quicken Loans folks living in their area. So let’s say I want to find out who else in my area wants to carpool, I can go to our Divide the Ride site and click on a map of my neighborhood or enter my zip and all folks close to me are returned as results. I then contact them and work out the car pool details. If no one else has yet signed up in my area, I enter my info and wait until others near me also sign up. It’s simple to use. I like it.
I can also get locations of all nearby carpool lots just in case it’s more convenient to meet there as opposed to one our homes. Oh, did I mention the maps include gas stations with my area’s cheapest gas? Don’t get me wrong, I think those folks who drive 10 miles to say 2 cents a gallon on gas are a bit misguided, but heck, if a station is a mile or two away, why not support it if they are willing to offer a slight discount.
Finally, Divide the Ride offers information and tips on improving gas mileage and using less energy, something we all could use today. Nice.
I’d love to hear from any readers if their companies offer carpooling programs/sites and any unique initiatives they are taking to deal with ballooning gasoline prices. Share the knowledge. We need it today more than ever.
Ok, I got to run. My ride is here!