Waze Carpool Pays the Way
Let’s call out the elephant in the room: It is expensive to drive a car. When you consider the cost of gas, insurance, wear and tear on the vehicle, parking, taxes, tires, and registration, the calculation can be daunting. The IRS approximates that those costs come out to around 54 cents/mile and if you’re driving along for your commute, that’s approximately what you pay to do so in addition to the stress of being behind the wheel.
This is where Waze Carpool comes in. Their apps make it easy to find carpool matches and even facilitate the reimbursement of driver expenses. That way, the driver can take on the stress of driving and all the other passengers simply pay the cost of the drive.
To offer a carpool ride and get paid for carpooling (driver)
- Step 1: Download Waze (iOS / Android)
- Step 2: Add your work email address to your profile to better match with coworkers and for promotions
- Step 3: In the app, tap Offer ride & select the day(s) you want to carpool
- Step 4: Start carpooling and start saving money on your commute
To request a carpool ride (rider)
- Step 1: Download Waze Carpool (iOS / Android)
- Step 2: Add your work email address to your profile (THIS IS REQUIRED TO TRIGGER THE FREE RIDES!)
- Step 3: In the app, tap Request ride & select the days you want to carpool
- Step 4: Relax in the passenger seat...commuting just got easier
More Details - Drivers
When you open the app, you’ll see a little person figure in the bottom right corner. Tap that icon to open the carpool interface. From this area, tap the gear/cog in the upper right to enter settings. There you can edit your commute schedule, commute start point, work address, car details, bank details (so you can get paid!), and profile. You should also take a second to enter some information about your car.
Lastly, tap on “Company Name” and enter your UC Davis email address. If you don’t do this step, Waze will not know you’re a UC Davis affiliate and will not reimburse you $.54/mile for your carpooling commute!
Once you’ve completed all of that, go back to the carpool interface. There, you will see new carpool matches on your various commute trips throughout the week. Tap on them to your new potential carpool buddies or to edit you’re your commute preference.
You can elect to carpool only with UC Davis affiliates within the Edit Commute interface. You can even restrict your potential matches only to those who share your gender, but you have to associate either your Facebook or LinkedIn profiles with Waze in your Waze Profile settings to do so.
More Details - Passengers
When you launch the app, you can register using either your Facebook or Google Account. If you don’t want to connect personal accounts to Waze, you can select “Connect with Google” and enter your full UC Davis email address when it asks for your “Email or phone”. Doing so will redirect you to the UC Davis CAS where you can log in as you would with any other online UC Davis system. Waze will then send you an email to confirm your email address.
Once signed in, click the gear/cog in the upper right portion of the app to enter “Settings”. There you can edit your commute schedule, pick-up address (typically your home address), work address, and profile.
Given the lack of street addresses on the UC Davis campus, instead of entering your office’s mailing address, try entering your department name or where you would normally park on campus. This helps a driver figure out best how to get you where you need to go.
After you’ve made any of the above edits, just go back to the Waze Carpool main page. You’ll see a set of trips for your commute. Tap on any of those commute trips and you’ll see all the drivers looking to make the same trip. Tap on a driver, tap “Request Ride” and you’re off!