This morning my carpool driver told me that she wants to start coming in early and leaving early. The leaving early part sounded interesting so I said that it was a good idea. Then she said that she was going to ask the boss if she can come in at 7 and leave at 4:30. Hmm... Our hours are 8:15 to 5 with a 45 minutes lunch. If she comes in at 7, she should leave at 3:45. She didn't think the boss would go for that since another coworker comes in at 6 and leaves at 4:30.
On the way home she said the boss approved her plan but she couldn't promise that she would be ready to leave at 4:30. Right now we usually leave 15 minutes late or more because she has a lot to do. I have often thought that when my mortgage was gone I would stop carpooling because it adds at least 20 minutes on to the commute each way plus the time that I am waiting for her in the evenings. In the winter it is especially annoying because I don't like taking care of the dogs in the dark. I said, gee that's great but since gas is only $2.50 right now, I don't think I can make it out of bed an hour early (for no added benefit).
So we decided to stop carpooling, at least until gas goes up to $3 and I am more motivated to get out of bed. It will be more wear and tear on my truck but I will have more time and flexibility which I value a lot.