- Au Pairs should pay for their own gas when they use the family’s car(s) on their own personal time.
- Host Families should pay for gas used when the Au Pair drives for family and child-related activities.
Managing who pays for gas is pretty simple, right?
If only cars came with two gas tanks, or funky meters that let us assign car use to different accounts.
(Is somebody creating an app for that??? Must look in the app store…. )
Alas, there is no really easy way to figure out who’s used what gas in the communal tank.
Families have resorted to a range of strategies to manage the au pair’s use of a shared car:
- Host Parents pay for all the gas in the family car.
- HPs ask Au Pairs to note the miles they’ve driven, and they set an amount per mile (e.g., at 20 miles to the gallon and gas at $3, $15 for every hundred miles).
- HPs guestimate how much the Au Pair is driving the car, and ask him/her to chip in an appropriate amount.
- HPs ask the Au Pair to refill the gas tank after their weekend of personal use, aiming themselves to leave the tank nearly full when they give the car to the au pair.
(Am I missing any?)
This issue came up in the comments of a different post, so I’m attaching these comments to kick off the conversation here.
What have you done to manage sharing the cost of gas?
How has your strategy worked for you? How has your Au Pair felt about it?
Image: by Phil King on Flickr