When two or more people commute in a car for work or school purposes, it’s called a carpool.

Arrangements may vary. One person may drive and split costs such as gas and parking with passengers or carpoolers may choose to alternate driving and not split costs.

Carpoolers may meet at a central location or pick up individuals from homes and work sites. Carpools can include family members. In addition to the traditional commute-related carpools, this site may be used for special events, such as concerts or conferences. Please contact CommuteKern to have your event listed.

Most people who carpool save time and money, and enjoy having company on the road. Compared to vanpools, carpools are more flexible about how often someone participates, the route traveled, and the number of required stops.

Some companies offer premier parking for carpools and may help with a guaranteed ride home in case an emergency arises during the day, or if the employee is asked to work overtime. Even so, we suggest that people who carpool have a backup transportation plan.

In California, carpools may use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes. While not an incentive in Kern County, it can be for commutes to other areas (like Los Angeles).

Be safe and sane when carpooling. Use the tips provided.

Visit us often as we build our carpool and vanpool databases and unveil special promotions and events throughout the year.


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Follow the instructions to find a carpool match. You will get results in moments. Once you are registered, you can sign in whenever you need to find a person for your carpool.


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