Carpooling and Vanpooling during COVID-19

Here are some tips for staying healthy if you take a shared commute, such as a carpool or vanpool, to work or as a part of your job.

Commuter Tips

  • Reduce the size of your carpool to leave more space between seats
  • Sit as far away from other riders as possible
  • Limit use of smaller vehicles that don’t allow for additional distance between passengers
  • Practice social distancing when entering and exiting the vehicle
  • Avoid touching surfaces, if possible. If you do need to touch a surface, use hand sanitizer immediately after
  • Ensure all carpoolers wear a mask while commuting
  • Try to carpool with the same people consistently so that you don’t introduce new riders (and potentially new germs) into the shared ride
  • If possible, open the windows during the ride to improve ventilation
  • Turn air conditioning off of re-circulation mode to improve ventilation

Employer Tips

  • Allow priority parking for carpools and vanpools
  • If individuals are interested in a shared commute, encourage coworker-only carpools or vanpools to reduce the potential for unnecessary interactions with outside households



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ACT Guide for Commuters and Employers

Check out the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) guide for supporting commuters and employers as they return to the workplace.