RYDE | World’s First Real-time Carpooling App | Top 5 Carpooling Tips
RYDE is a community based initiative that uses mobile and geo-location technology to match riders, who request for rides, with drivers going the same way. At the end of the ride, riders donate cash directly to drivers to defray the cost of the trip. RYDE does not take a cut from the donation but charges a booking fee, through a credit card transaction, to facilitate the match.
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25 Jan Top 5 Carpooling Tips

So you have downloaded the app, registered for an account and all ready for your first carpool trip! So what now? Allow us to let you in on the Top 5 Carpooling Tips.

1) Be Punctual
We all have important appointments to keep to. If you are a rider, try arriving 5 to 10 minutes earlier if you know the pick-up location does not allow private cars to stop. If you are a driver, you might want to drop the rider a text to inform after you have arrived. I have personally encountered situations where the driver and I were at 2 different taxi stands waiting because the mall had 2 taxi stands which we were not aware of!

2) Show Commitment
Prior to putting up a request or accepting one, you would have more or less confirmed your schedule to factor in a carpool trip. So keep to your word and try not to cancel them. If you really have to cancel, text or call to inform the other party about the changes in advance. Be polite about it.

3) Have Mutual Respect
Try not to eat, drink or smoke (unless the driver allows you to). Sit in front! The RYDE driver who picks up your request is not a taxi driver. Why not take this chance to chat up instead of getting preoccupied with your phone? You never know how small talks can lead to friendships or even potential business opportunities.

4) Be Safe!
Abide by traffic laws. Drive safely and avoid speeding. Remember to buckle up!

5) Clear Communication

Prior to the carpool trip, be clear about the pick-up location, date and timing. Riders who got an on-demand request, call the driver instead of sending a text. It is easier for the driver to talk through the phone rather than texting while on the roads. A phone call is faster than a text sometimes!

With these tips, I am sure you are all ready for your carpooling trip. Let us do our part in forging closer communities and make Singapore a friendly place to live in!

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