It’s back to school time, and a great time to teach your kids about making good choices – for themselves AND the environment!

Carpooling to school is one of the best ways that parents can save money, promote Eco-friendly living, and interact with the kids on a daily basis. Plus, it also saves on gas and time for everyone involved in the pool. If you’re on the fence about pitching this idea to neighborhood families, the following will show you why it is essential that you carpool with other families to school.

It Saves Gas
This is an obvious advantage. You will be able to save on gas everyday because you will be going on alternate times instead of every morning. If you want to keep your costs down, then this is one of the best ways to do it. Keep everyone in a fair rotation and your kids will be more likely be picked up in a timely manner everyday.

Green Living
Carpooling is a great way to show your kids how to protect the environment with one simple act. For example, show your kids a picture of what a single car’s pollution can do to this city. You will be instilling them with good ideas for their future well being (this will also save you money down the road, if you decide to buy them a car of their own).

Quality Time
Believe it or not, carpooling can help you bond with your kids and their friends. Your kids are more likely to talk when their friends are around, and you can also learn more about what their friends are like. Your friends and you can compile scoop and compare how your children are acting at school. Plus, it lets your child’s friends get to know you better. It will forge a better relationship for the community of the entire school.

If you’re a working parent, then a carpooling schedule is a great way to make the most of your day. You can drop off while someone else picks up. You won’t have to put your child in daycare if another parent is willing to keep them for a few hours either (but you need to be willing to take a shift too). This can be especially true if your kids want to participate in after-school activities but can’t because of your schedule. With carpooling, it might be an option!

Ultimately, you want carpooling to be a benefit to your family. Just think of all the great advantages that it offers. You’ll be able to spend more time with your kids, OUT of the car!