Just a suggestion for newbies asking for a ride.... It's getting close to departing for the farm and a lot of people may still be looking for rides as well as searching for riders. This along with the website, and other ride sharing sites are a great way to connect, reduce our carbon footprint, save on fuel costs and enjoy the company of new people on the way to Bonnaroo!
If you don't own a car, can't take your own car, or can't afford to fly/shuttle in, remember this - the owner of the car is doing you a favor and although no one here has bitched about the driver's cost of selling a seat, please consider the driver is not only sharing fuel cost, but also has a (hopefully) safe, maintained vehicle to get you safely to and from Bonnaroo. They are not a limo service, and if something happens to their car, it's highly unlikely the car owner will ask or expect the passengers to pay any needed vehicle repairs to and from Roo, or after you are dropped off. You the passenger are contributing for fuel, wear and tear and a guaranteed ride to and from Roo (or whatever the arrangements. Bring cash, and a great attitude. Have fun. Don't freeload.
So riders, be up front with us drivers if you are shopping for a low ball bottom price on fuel. Maybe the driver will negotiate a lower price if they want help driving. Doesn't hurt to ask. Or maybe you can pitch in toward some borrowed or shared equipment, or offer food/drinks to lower the cost.
Most are cool with the cost that's requested.set. If not, don't bail on the driver purposely cause you found a cheaper ride to Roo.
Drivers may not be so wealthy they could make the trip alone. It might be a stretch financially. Otherwise they wouldn't be asking for passengers. Or maybe they want a favor too - your company on the long drive. Friends.
However, if you must back out, Be up front if something comes up - maybe you can't get off work, you found a cheaper ride.
They were kind enough to offer you a ride.. If the shoe was in the other foot, would you want the driver/car owner to bail on you last minute? What if you couldn't find a ride? What if you accepted a cheap ride and the driver left you at the farm? It happens. Not necessarily at Roo but, it could happen.
Also ask if they smoke in their car. Some may not want to ride with a smoker. Some may be allergic. Vice versa for the driver.
If you like party favors and plan on bringing something illegal that could wreck the driver's and your weekend as well as other passengers - don't. Law enforcement do search cars. K-9 units are on the roads more and more. Plenty of time to visit shakedown after you're on the farm. Don't be that guy. Or girl.
And drivers, remember the passengers are helping you also. Be up front about everything from the beginning if you have rules whether it's no drugs, no drinking/open containers in the car while traveling, no smoking, no (insert particular genre) of music to be played (lol j/k).
Have an emergency or back up plan if something were to happen.
Remember, communication is key.
Be up front, be safe, be smart, yet cool, no drama and most of all enjoy the journey - it's equally an important part of the whole experience.
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