How can I decline carpooling?

Whether at work, my jeep club, and in my social groups, everybody seems to volunteer me for carpooling. Since I operate on my own schedule and my car is my private sanctuary (and immaculate), I absolutely do not like taking passengers (unless they’re my own). How can I politely decline and avoid the appearance of unfriendliness?

I have even removed my rear seat to put more work and outdoor gear into.

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7 Responses to How can I decline carpooling?

  1. Armatage May 10, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    I’ve had this very same situation at work – my solution was to fill my empty seats with office equipment and tennis gear! It seems that you are already going in that direction, so how about this:

    Beat them to the punch by volunteering somebody else;

    Cleverly talk about how your vehicle is brimming with stuff.

    Best luck, man.

  2. RoofingPrincess May 10, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Simply say that because of your schedule, you may have to leave early, so you can’t take any passengers.

  3. ☠JeSsIcA☠ May 10, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Don’t beat around the bush. Just tell them your not up for it

  4. Judith May 10, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Just say you prefer not to as your schedule varies greatly and you don’t want anyone left in the lurch because you are unable to fulfill your obligation. If they continue to press you then say again that you just do not have the time.

  5. Roger May 10, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Charge em by the mile

  6. margie k May 10, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Just turn the tables on whoever volunteers you for these services, and say," no I can’t do it but I’m sure you can, since it is your idea". I would think that would shut them up. If that doesn’t work just come out and say my rear seat is missing, my jeep is full of gear, I have no room, sorry ’bout that.

  7. Mark May 10, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Sorry find someone else. I’m not a taxi service. I know it sound rude. But they will get the point.