You might not own a car and even if you do, there are always days when you just don’t want to or can’t get behind the wheel. Using the Uber application will ensure you a smooth car ride from start to finish. It’s the best way to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving for you.
If you’ve never used Uber before, you’ve probably heard of its service where drivers of privately owned cars, driving near your vicinity, pick you up at your door to your destination upon your request through the app. It’s a lifesaver for those times you need a safe and secure ride.
How the RideShare app works
Download the app: Simply download the app to your phone. It’s a free app, so no concerns in that. From the app, create your account and write down and save your home address. You might start a ride from your home, but anywhere you want to start a ride, Uber’s GPS will track you. This basically means that even if you are lost and have no idea where you are, and not very savvy using GPS, when you request a ride from Uber, the driver will find you.
Nearby drivers: When you request a ride, nearby drivers are alerted. One of them, within your vicinity, will claim the ride. You will be sent through the app, the type of car, the license plate number and the name and picture of the driver to be able to identify the driver before you get into the vehicle. Drivers usually arrive within a few minutes if in a densely populated area. If you’re not in such an area, then take into account more time needed for the driver to reach you. Once you enter the vehicle, Uber begins to calculate the trip and the calculation ends once you reach your destination.
This is basically how Uber works. Existing users know there’s nothing complicated about it when using this app which is the main reason why they love it so much.
Other things you want to know about the using Uber RideShare are:
Codes: Using certain provided codes can get you discounted rides. The codes for existing users are created by Uber, and a common way to get a discount or even a free ride is by introducing Uber to others. Once they download the app, Uber will thank you by giving you a better rate on your next ride. Other codes can be availed by using Uber to reach important events happening. A third way is using your Visa credit card with businesses that are partnered up with Uber. If you buy a product from the same Visa that is linked to your Uber account, you will get ride credits back, if Uber is partnered with that business.
Ride tracking: Every ride is tracked, which means Uber knows where you are exactly during the ride. This gives you extra safety and security.
Experienced drivers: To become an Uber driver, you’re going to have to pass certain criteria, and have a clean driving record. This puts Uber’s existing users at ease and gives them peace of mind.
Driver’s car: Uber drivers drive their own personal car. Clearly, since it’s their own car, they’ll tend to drive more carefully so expect safe driving on the driver’s part.
Choose the car: When you write down your destination, a list of car choices will appear on your screen. Uber choices are:
- UberXwhich takes 4 people and are usually sedans.
- UberXL that seats 6 passengers in an SUV.
- UberSelect is the entry-level luxury service that seats up to 4 passengers.
- UberPOOL is a shared ride with another existing user heading towards the same direction you are. There is also ExpressPOOL, where there is one fixed pickup spot.
- Then there’s UberBLACK and UberSUV, Uber’s luxury service. Black is the most expensive Uber service.
Cost of a ride: With Uber, you will pay per ride, not per passenger except with UberPOOL which has a different system. An Uber ride cost is determined by several factors, including the ride type, market demand, distance, time and other fees (think tolls or airport surcharges). Riding with more than one passenger gives you the option of splitting the cost of the ride.
Think of all the people you know and how much you can save on your rides simply by letting them download the app. Everyone gets a discount on their first ride, but after that keep an eye on different ways to use this RideShare app to get the most out of it. Your first free ride is waiting for you, so what are you waiting for? Download the app and go where you want, easily, safely and comfortably.