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The Internet: Sites for organizing car pools

Best websites for linking drivers and riders, for both local and cross-country travel.

eRideshare.com offers free “car pool matching” to individuals and groups under 200. Users scour hundreds of listings for daily car pools, cross-country travel, or errands such as airport runs—or they post their own. For a fee, companies can help match employees and track mileage, fuel, and emissions reductions.

Zimride.com combines Facebook, Google Maps, and a “proprietary ride-matching algorithm” to link riders and drivers. Prospective ride-sharers can view profiles of car-mates before committing. The site has also partnered with car-sharing service Zipcar, so you can carpool even if you don’t have your own wheels.

Vanpool.com, a division of Enterprise, rents vans to groups of “van poolers,” allowing up to 15 people to split the cost of driving. So far the service is available only in California.

Sources: U.S. News & World Report, Best Life

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