Posted on October 22, 2018
Ride Hailing Apps
Use these great apps right from your smart phone for easy access to entertaining, convenient tools to make life simple. All you need is access to the internet, your web browser can be used for more than just researching Medicare supplement plans.
Uber is an app that essentially replaces the need for hailing a taxi. Rather than standing on the sidewalk trying to get a taxi’s attention, simply use the Uber app to request one to come pick you up right where you are standing. It uses a map that shows you exactly where you are and exactly where your driver is at all times, so you know how close they are to picking you up while you wait, and you know how close you are to your destination while you are in the car.
The app shows you the kind of car it is, the license plate number, and the driver’s name and the rating they have based on all of the other riders who have ridden with that driver before. You never need to exchange cash or payment during the ride, you simply attach your credit card to the app and the cost of the trip will be transacted through app itself. You can also share your trip information with friends and family so they can stay updated on your trip. These features all make Uber safe and secure.
Lyft is a competitor of Uber, performing essentially the same exact service of replacing the need for taxi hailing. They also use an app with driver info and rating, map, and secure payment methods. The only real difference between the two companies is the method they use to price their trips.
It could be a good idea to have both of these apps actually, no need to be loyal to one over the other. Depending on where you live, the time of day, or the length of your trip, one app may be cheaper than the other one time, but more expensive than the other another time. Check both apps before you take a trip to see which one will be most cost effective for you. Many times the trip prices for Uber are fixed based on the distance you are going. Things like traffic and lights typically don’t affect the trip even if they ended up causing the trip to take longer than expected. However, Uber also uses “surge pricing” meaning at peak times of day, when there are an extraordinarily high number of people looking for rides, the very same trip that would normally be a lower price will now be more expensive.