Last updated on September 22nd, 2017 at 06:38 am
Mr. K and I have been using Uber for some time now. Ever since we ordered a car in Fort Lauderdale beach to get us back to the airport, we were hooked. It is the future of driving.
In the recent view of my trip and partnership with Uber (YEY!), I would like to shed some light on the company and how it contributed to my stay in Los Angeles.
“In short it was AWESOME!”
At only 4$ a trip to Convention Centre proved to be cheaper than Starbucks run, or a starting sit down fee with a cab driver in Toronto.
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Next time when we come to Los Angeles and stay next to the Convention Centre, we will not be renting a car. We will be using Uber.
For those who do not know, Uber is a paid carpool service that one can order easily, quickly, and most importantly, safely through her/his phone app.
And that is not even the best part. The best part is coming!
In my recent experience in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Toronto it proved to be more reliable and cheaper than taxis. One can see the map of the trip and driver’s reputation ahead of time.
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In Hong Kong, the service saved us twice. The first day of our tour we were taken “for a ride” by a bad taxi driver who not only took advantage of our inexperience and fatigue but also was rude and impatient.
There are no extra fees in Hong Kong on top of the taxi meter. No matter what they tell you. Call the police if that is the case.
The second time Uber saved the day was when we went hiking to Victoria Peak, again in Hong Kong and ended up on the other side of the mountain. It turned out we were not the only ones. There were also about 50 people in line waiting for a bus. And the taxi drivers would refuse to go to our part of the city because it was too far for them.
One can even get an estimate before you order a car!
Uber driver came quickly, in a big car, and cost the price of one waffle at the tourist spot. At that point, I turned to the other, tech, side. Quickly, I understood that Uber is future that everyone was waiting so impatiently and is scared of so naively.
“It is a game changer, and I can’t wait to use it again and again.”
The best part is probably that: the cost.
So far it has been the cheapest option besides walking. Uber has several options for a pickup. There is a VIP service where a luxury car is there to pick you up in minutes and drop you off. By the way, it is still cheaper than renting a car with a driver for an event.
There is a regular car that one can enjoy, and then there is a shared option, Uber POOL when several commuters travel in one or similar direction.
The last one I found was best for us before we had a baby. Not only because of the cost but because of the crazy conversations one gets to overhear on the way to anywhere.
Other hidden benefits of Uber.
- There is no traffic cost. You get charged only per km.
- You get to meet and talk to locals about anything or almost anything.
- A peace of mind and no taking you for a “ride” since you see the cost of the trip up front.
- You get to sit in different cars and experience good drivers! Almost every other time we took Uber, especially in Canada, an Uber driver would have a pleasant music on, bottled water, and a comfortable AC setting in the car. And no smoking! I honestly feel like a human being!
- No cash or tips needed! Omg, Uber I love you. With the app on the phone, one can enjoy a ride simply by paying automatically for her trip.
So if you are still hesitant to take it, here is the link for you try out which gives you automatic 5$ off your first two rides. Life is short, and this is going to be one of those experiences that not only a benefit to you but humanity. The more people carpool, the better it is for the world.
The more people carpool, the better it is for the planet.
Try it! You will not regret it. Welcome to the other, cleaner, safer, and more pleasant side!
Have you tried Uber? What was your experience like? Share it in the comments down below!
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