It's been a while. I hope the new year is starting off well for everyone. I had a lovely holiday break full of good people and food and now I'm back home to prepare for school.
I wanted to share some tips for using Uber and Lyft, two cab services you can use for free on iphones and androids. They are much cheaper that regular cab services and quite efficient. I never had to use them where I lived previously in the suburbs but any city area is ideal to use Uber or Lyft with the high traffic or limited parking.
Let's start off with Uber. I mainly use Uber going to and from the airport.
The Uber app is very easy to use. You turn on your GPS, launch the app, it finds where you are, and you can call a type of car to come to you. I use Uber X the most as an individual but you can request a bigger car for bigger groups and split the cost through the app if everyone uses it really easily. You can use a credit card or paypal to pay for the fare directly on your phone and add tip after the ride is over if you want. All drivers are trained and rated and I have never had a bad experience with them. It also shows you how far your car is from you when you request it as well. It's also nice because you can call or text your driver if you accidentally told them to pick you up at the wrong place or have a question. Lyft works exactly the same way as Uber but has less car type options. The prices seem to be about the same for me based on my experience. I've never had a bad driver from either company.
Things to note:
1. Don't feel obligated to sit in the front or backseat-- go where ever you are comfortable.
2. You can talk to the driver if you want, but you do not have to. I've had some great conversations about the area I live in and places to check out, eat at, etc.
3. You do not need to tip. The app will ask you to rate your driver at the end of your ride and you may add tip if you would like but you do not have to.
4. If you need to get somewhere by a certain time, call for the car in advance. Check how far the nearest Uber or Lyft car is to you and call them accordingly.
5. When being picked up at an airport, make sure you are at the departure part of pick up where there will be sign for taxi/cab/etc. pick up. If you aren't sure, ask the nearest worker and they will know. Big airports may have multiple floors designated for pick up or drop off.
6. Make sure you made the pick up point for your car the right place. Sometimes, the pointer gets moved and the cab goes somewhere else. Also, confirm your destination with the driver to make sure you are headed to the right place.
These are my pointers for using these apps. I'm sure many of you guys are accustomed to it but it's pretty new to me and this is what I picked up on it so far. It's very convenient if you don't want to take your car or (don't own one) somewhere (especially if there is alcohol involved) and you can easily split a ride with friends.
A little background on Uber drivers:
1. They require a background check.
2. They require a car model from 2000-2005 or newer depending on the city.
3. They must be 21 years old+.
4. The driver takes 80% of the cab fare. (Source)
Find more info here.
A little background on Lyft drivers:
1. They must be 21 years old+.
2. They must under a DMV check, background check (national and county)
3. They are required to give Lyft access to their social security number during background check.
4. Their in-state license must be at least a year old.
5. The driver takes 80% of the cab fare. (Source)
Find more info here.
Alrighty. I hope this is helpful for any curious or skeptical people.
I also have promo codes for you guys to use:
For uber: Use code dana210ue for $20 off your next Uber ride.
(This cannot be saved for a certain ride so once you put it in, it will be deducted from your next ride)
For Lyft: Use code dana041509 for $20 off your next ride.
Thanks guys. Safe travels!!