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Car pooling

Car pooling is an effective way to reduce our impact1.
As a side advantage you get to share the cost of transportation and help others who choose not to have/use a car.
It's also a good way to get to know fellow members!

Find or offer a ride

Car pooling in the club is self organized.
The outing leader may provide you with a list of other particiants.
Another good way to find passengers or drivers is to post a message on the club's Facebook page.

Cost Guidelines

ACC Montreal does not have rules on how to share the cost of car pooling.
Although we'd like to offer some guidelines
  • total cost of travel should be shared equaly between all passengers, inluding the driver
  • passengers should consider that expenses includes lots more than the cost of gas; maintenance, car wear/depreciation, insurance, licenses are a few other ones.
    For example the CAA driving cost 2008 report set the total cost of car use to be between 0.25$ to 0.40$ per km without counting gas.
    Most of these expenses being fixed cost of ownership, we suggest a rate of 0.10$/km to be counted for car wear.
  • drivers should not expect passengers to pay for everything, the driver is also a passenger and he enjoys the freedom of schedule and destination.

As a rule of thumb we consider fair that all costs are shared equally among all passengers including the driver. Cost of gas is easy to compute; car wear can be evaluated on a distance basis

A ride from Montreal to Keene with 3 people in the car (driver + 2 passengers):

  • Cost of gas, approx 40$
  • Distance (back and forth): about 2 x 175km = 350km
  • Car wear cost: 0.10 * 350km = 35$
  • Total Cost would then be 40$ + 35$ = 75$
  • Amount that each 2 passenger would give to the driver: 75$/3 = 25$

Please note that these are only guidelines.
It would be a good idea to discuss this with the driver before leaving Montreal to avoid bad surprises later.

1)The main negative impact of outdoor mountain activities is due to transportation to get to the mountain.