Safety & Etiquette
Safety + Respect = Good Rideshares

Cortes Island Rideshare is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint, but you must exercise caution before accepting a ride from or offering a ride to someone you don't know. Following are tips to make sure your trip is safe, respectful and pleasant.

Safety

Cortes Island Rideshare does not perform background checks or screen postings in any way, so it's up to you to ask the questions you need to feel comfortable with your rideshare. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Meet first - If possible, meet your driver/rider in a public place before getting into the car.
  • Get references - Get a work or other contact number for the driver/rider, and ask if you can contact someone for a reference.
  • Ask about the vehicle – Enquire about the age and condition of the car, whether or not it has appropriate seasonal tires, and so on.
  • Ask about the driver – Find out if s/he drives the speed limit, is a conscientious driver, has sufficient insurance coverage, and so on.
  • It's OK to say no - It's your safety so don't be shy about asking questions and don't agree to anything you're not comfortable with.
  • Alcohol and drugs – Are never appropriate for rideshares. You are expected to show up sober and stay that way until you reach your destination. If a passenger shows up intoxicated, even mildly, then the driver or any other passenger can bar them from the ride, even if it is en route. If you suspect the driver is intoxicated at any time, exit the vehicle as soon as possible.
  • Report dangerous experiences - If you experience a situation in which you feel your safety was compromised, contact the police.

Etiquette

Discuss things before you share a ride to avoid unpleasant surprises later.

  • Money – People sharing rides should expect to share the expense. But keep in mind that opinions vary as to what's a fair amount, so discuss contributions before departing. For help deciding what's fair, go to the Recommended Contributions page. Keep in mind that transportation costs include the price of the car, insurance, maintenance and repair and not just fuel.
  • Be on time – Once you agree to meet, 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.
  • Cancellations – If you need to cancel, please contact the other person. It is not OK to just not show up!
  • Travel plans – Discuss your travel plans in detail and/or agree on a timeline for arrival that allows for adequate washroom, food or rest stops.
  • Music and/or radio – Because preferences can vary so widely, the standard policy is to not have any music or radio programs. However, if everyone in the car is in agreement about programming and volume, then by all means enjoy.
  • Silence – Because some people may not feel like talking some or all of the time, always ask before launching into conversation. Also, if you get tired of talking, it's always OK to let others know that you're going to take a little quiet time.
  • Fragrances – To accommodate those who feel ill when exposed to perfumes and the fragrances used in body care products, please refrain from using any fragrances when ridesharing.
  • Eating and drinking – Always ask before eating or drinking in someone's car.
  • Bathroom breaks – Always try to go before you leave but because it's not always possible for everybody to make it the whole way without a break, please accommodate requests for bathroom breaks when they arise. People with medical conditions who require frequent stops may not be appropriate for every rideshare. If you have a condition that requires frequent stops, you need to get the approval of those you'll be riding with before booking.
  • Update your listings – When your ride is full or you've found a ride, please delete your listing so others don't waste their time.

Carpooling

  • Be specific - Give as much detailed information as possible regarding travel days, departure times, arrival times, stops en route and so on, to help others know if there is a good match.
  • Money – Feel free to negotiate weekly or monthly payment schedules if both parties are willing. Please make all payments in advance.

Transporting Cargo

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! Make sure to be specific about what, when and where when you post your request.