In my 2 years of engineering, I've learnt a very good concept of sharing vehicles. I was initially reluctant to share the pillion, but gradually I understood the importance. It saves petrol and money, it saves our environment, it gives you company for a long ride, etc. My college is about 15 kms from home and my bike isn't very efficient, and hence I desperately needed a petrol partner. If you travel to your college by a two wheeler, you are approached by potential petrol partners, on the very first day.
On my first college day, a guy asked for my bike. I said, "It's my bike, why should I give you?". He just started quarreling with me. That was ridiculous, "why should I give my bike to someone who wants to go to 'pan thela' to smoke?" He wasn't a potential petrol partner, he was just bullying on me. So, while selecting your petrol partner you have to be very careful. If a wrong partner is selected, you will suffer, he will enjoy free rides. I had several petrol partners. Following points would help selecting a good partner for you,
1) Potential petrol partners themselves approach you, but stay away from people who bully on you.
2) Tell classmates that you are in search of someone who stays en route to the college.
3) While you negotiate with someone, determine his attitude, some people may want to use you.
4) When you deal with someone, take trials, and ensure that he does refill your vehicle. This may sound awkward, but people don't refill your bike, and you have to remind them time and again.
5) Try to get a petrol partner from you own class, so that the timings don't clash.
6) Ensure that he is not a late comer. This is really important, because of your partner you get late, so you and your partner, both should be active.
7) In my personal opinion, one should have a girl as a petrol partner. I observed that girls don't have to be reminded to refill the vehicle, the get ready on time, they are light weight (hehe..your bike won't suffer).
8) If your petrol partner has his own vehicle then you are the lucky guy. In this case you don't have to worry about refilling your ride, you can alternatively use the vehicles to get to the college.
Thus getting a good petrol partner is important. Hopefully I should get a good partner this semester, or I'll continue with my old pal (he's good but lazy). Any girls from my class reading my blog?
PS: One more advantage of having a petrol partner, tell dad that you don't have any petrol partner. You can save the money you get from your dad for petrol, like me. (if you don't get any pocket money)