Maybe you have been without or knows someone who does not have transportation. Some choose the public transportation route, while others call upon family or friends to get somewhere. This article is for you if you choose the latter course. I have personally been used to transport individuals; some were respectful of my time while others made it hard for me to help them a second time. If you are someone who needs a ride, consider these organizational tools. It is unfair to assume anyone has an entire day to devote to your errands. Most of the time, time off is time dedicated to other things, so if a person is carving out time for you, it is important to honor them. If you are the person providing the transportation, make everything clear before committing. Establishing boundaries will prevent the headaches I encountered.
Here’s what you do when you need a ride:
1. Call in advance asking for availability. Please do not assume the person has nothing else to do because they are a homebody. And do not wait until the last minute.
2. Communicate where you need to go. If there is more than one stop you need to make, prioritize your errands. If you have to go to an appointment, make sure your ride is aware of the time and if you need to stop at the pharmacy afterward.
3. Be ready ahead of time. You can be fashionably late on your own time. It is unfair if anyone has to wait on you. Your ride tells you to be ready for 10 am; make sure you are dressed and prepared to go by 9 am.
4. If you need a ride from work, it is understood that unexpected things come up at work. There are times we have to stay over an hour later. If this is the case, contact your transportation to let them know. Telling someone you get off at 10:30 pm, yet you show up at the car around midnight, shows a lack of appreciation on your part.
5. Express appreciation. This expression can come in the form of a meal, gas money, or a thank you. If you do not have money, use your gift to show appreciation. It is not pleasant to tell a person your cousin charges you for rides and fail to appreciate them somehow. Time is precious, and it takes money to take you around town. Do not expect handouts.
6. Let’s talk, children. So, you need a ride, and you have children; what do you do? In some cases, your children will have to come with you. If that is the case, please make sure they are orderly and not destroying property. If they are destructive at home and you cannot control them, consider finding a sitter while running errands. Please do not bring them and allow them to damage anything in the persons’ vehicle.
Just because a person works from home does not mean they are free to take you where you need to go when you need. They are still on someone’s job, and a protocol still has to be followed. That is not their free time to joy ride, so be respectful that telecommuters are obligated to do a job the same as if they were entering a building to clock in daily. Never make anyone feel guilty for what they can’t do for you.
Be on time