If you feel that you will never order a taxi cab during rush hour, then Uber may be the best solution for you. Now before you “jump on the bandwagon” and call the first available driver, it still pays to know what the app is and what are the disadvantages that you have to deal with as well as the advantages. That way, you will know when it is right time to call a regular taxi or your favorite Uber driver.
The app became quite popular because it allows smartphone users to contact a registered driver to take them anywhere within the city. The app not only works in Canada and the United States, but also in other parts of the world. All one has to do is to download the app and share their location via GPS or Wi-Fi for them to be picked up by their driver. All users must be 18+ in order for them to be able to order an Uber driver.
Users can receive free rides or account credits by inviting their friends to sign up using their personal invite code. Note that the personal code should only be shared via one’s personal site or social media as spamming would suspend your account and revoke the already existing credits earned.
How it Works
When you download the app, it allows you to share your location to the driver so all you have to do is to wait for them to pick you up. You can choose the vehicle type and see the other options including the varying rates for each vehicle. Payment is done through the credit card that you associated with your account. Note that some charges may apply such as 407 fees, surcharges and if you make a mess, you might also be charged for the driver’s cleaning costs. The app has a fare estimate so you can get an estimated cost of how much the service is before confirming that you want the ride.
Things to Consider
Now that you know something about how the app works, there are some things that you have to take note of when requesting for a ride. One is that the vehicles are owned by private individuals and as such, there are no tell-tale signs that it is for hire. Before jumping into a car, it is important to talk with your driver so you can identify the right vehicle to hop on. Rates also differ depending on time of the day and the fare during rush hours tends to increase as well as late night hours. If you have to go and use the service during these hours, you might want to check on the fare so you will not be surprised when you receive your credit card billing statement.
Toronto Uber News
The city of Toronto laid over 198 charges (as of August 6, 2015) against 99 UberX drivers in the ongoing battle over regulating unlicensed taxi drivers. Municipal licensing and standards says the set fines range from $500 and $300 and have a maximum penalty of $5,000. Learn more here.
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About Alex Noudelman
Alex Noudelman is a digital marketing expert at iRISEmedia. He received his Honors B.A. from York University and a Masters in Adolescent Education from D’Youville College