Carpooling.

I know I've already mentioned that I live about 45 minutes from my job. I spend a lot of time on the road, and in the winter time that 45 minute drive has, on occasion, exceeded 90 minutes.

For this reason, I am eternally grateful that I have the opportunity to carpool with a co-worker who also lives in my town and makes the long commute.

We carpool about four days a week. We meet up at a hotel that allows us to leave one of our cars there for the day, and this hotel is right off the interstate and is a convenient location for both of us.

For those of you who have a commute of any distance, I cannot encourage you enough to find a carpooling buddy. It makes our time of the road fly by, we get to chat about things other than students, grading and school policies, and we save a lot of money in gas.

If I were to drive alone Monday through Friday, I would fill up my Chevy Cruze once every 8 days. A fill-up from empty costs just under $50 (with our current gas prices). Because carpooling means I only drive two or three days a week (some weeks I drive three days, some weeks I drive two - we take turns) I can fill up every two weeks, making my total gas bill for the month about $100. While this is still astronomical for some of you would have nice, short commutes, this is huge for me.

I was even featured in our local newspaper after someone in the industry caught wind of our carpooling shenanigans.

Now if that isn't reason to find a carpooling buddy, I don't know what is.


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