I remember when I was little my mom and dad would argue over whether or not he should drive in the carpool lane when my sister and I were in the car. Yes, they argued about the carpool lane. Is it any wonder they have been divorced for over 15 years now?
I talked (not argued) about this with Glenn. Obviously the point of carpooling is to reduce the number of cars on the road. When I'm driving around with Beanie I'm not reducing any traffic because she (obviously) can't drive a vehicle on her own. But, as Glenn stated, if the state law does not limit the definition of "passengers" by age or licensing status, then why should we? I admit to routinely using the carpool on-ramp to the freeway because it is the closest one to my house, but, for the most part, I drive in the regular old lanes even when I am with Beanie. Admittedly, if the traffic is bad I've been known to use the carpool lane, but if all else is fairly equal I'll be found in the regular lanes.
But, if the motorcycle guy behind me feels no guilt about driving in the carpool lane, why should I? Obviously he isn't reducing the number of cars on the road either. Maybe motorcycles have lower emissions than regular cars? I have no idea. Anyway, I think I'm going to start carpooling it more often and am just curious what other mommy drivers do.
And, sorry mom, but dad had this one in the bag.