UBER & LYFT
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Taxis have been having to share the road with two growing companies: Uber and Lyft. These two companies work with private drivers who use their own vehicles. Courts are considering whether the drivers are employees or independent contractors. Regardless of what the courts determine, business moves on.
Riding with them may be right for you if:
You cannot drive.
You like to drink when you go out.
You’re on a trip and don’t want to get lost in a rental car.
Your car has been in a wreck and you weren’t provided a rental car.
Car and insurance payments are too high and you don’t go out much.
I’ve got the apps on my phone, It’s sooo easy to use. You only have to enter your personal information and credit card number one time.
To get a ride, you open the app then click:
- what size vehicle you want to use (prices higher for larger cars),
- to be picked up at your ‘current location’ or enter the address you want to be picked up, then enter your destination,
- schedule trips in advance,
- ride share with strangers (which makes your trip cheaper.)
The app will show you how many drivers are in your area, then it will assign a driver to you. The app will tell you the name of the driver along with his/her photo, and it will tell you the make & model of the vehicle along with an estimated arrival time. Once a driver is assigned, you can follow the driver’s location.
When I was in NYC, it was much, much easier to use the app for a driver than it was to catch a cab.
Here’s the difference between Uber and Lyft: (from ridestar.com):
Lyft strives to create a personable and friendly culture and encourages passengers to ride shotgun to facilitate engagement with the drivers.
Uber seems to be more business-centric. Uber drivers communicate less with their passengers.
Uber has many more upscale options for people who want something more luxurious and spacious.
The companies charge about the same rates, although prices can vary from city to city. [Tip is included in the fare.]
High Demand Time Pricing
Uber adds a surge rate multiplier on standard fares. The surge multiplier changes based on location, and come up to 1.3x or 2.1x to the base, time, and distance fare.
Lyft charges the extra fee in form of a percentage that gets added to the base ride amount. So, if a Prime Time is 50%, then a ride that would normally cost $10, would go up to $15 during Prime Time.
Surge charges increase Uber fares about 7X or 8X, while Lyft has been known to increase their prices at least 2X.
Since both companies charge about the same on a normal day, I use whichever service is closer and can pick me up first.
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