We’re a six person family and we’ve got one car. As you might imagine, there are times when a second car would be not just convenient, but necessary. In those situations we turn to everyone’s favorite ride sharing services, Lyft and Uber.
If you’ve never used one of these services then you probably don’t realize how much of a game changer they can be. From an app on your phone you can summon a car to wherever you happen to be. A nearby driver is notified that you are asking for a ride, the driver show up, takes you were you need to go, and that’s it. No money changes hand. It’s anonymous. It’s extremely convenient.
There are two main services you can use, I recommend them both. I use them both.
Uber is the service you’ve probably heard the most about. They were the first ride share service to go mainstream. They have more drivers than Lyft, which means the odds are greater than there is an Uber driver near you when you need one. If you’ve never used the service before, you can use this link to create an account and get your first Uber ride for free!
Lyft is the latest ride share service to come along. They’re basically the exact same as Uber, with a couple of differences. First, with Lyft you can leave a tip for your driver. Many riders don’t like this because they suddenly feel obligated to tip, and may feel guilty if they don’t. But drivers obviously love the tip feature, and that’s one reason Lyft is quickly getting more and more drivers. The other difference is that Lyft allows you to split your fare. Say you and a friend share a ride to the airport, Lyft allows you to easily split the fare between you. Nice. If you’re new to Lyft, use this link and get a $50 credit (fifty bucks!) when you sign up.