As gas prices rise, the great American road trip may become the great American rideshare. That could mean more serendipitous unions and more efficient long-distance trips than the old standby--driving alone.
Sites such as eRideShare.com and RideshareOnline.com allow users to find car mates based on detailed profiles. But when it comes to ridesharing networks, bigger is better: The more people involved, the more likely you are to find someone who (a) is going your way and (b) isn't a whacko.
Where better to find massive amounts of people in specific regions than on Craigslist - Ads in the rideshare category are generally posted according to the city of origin, and users can post ads offering or seeking rides. Popular routes between major cities (Los Angeles and San Francisco, or New York and DC) can yield plenty of options. And if you have something more unorthodox, like a Pantera -fueled overnight death rage from Reno to Cheyenne, just say so. You may not get a response--but you just might find a kindred spirit. By the miracle of Craigslist , you've got nothing to lose because the ads are free and anonymous.
After the jump: Rideshare safety and etiquette tips