Following up on my post about Miriam, the Uber driver-partner who inspired me so much with her personal journey and sense of humanity, I’m sharing today my perspective as an Uber rider.
Living in San Francisco, I use Uber extensively. The city is small but packed with traffic, and parking can quickly become a wallet drainer. When I go downtown to the bustling Market street area, I usually prefer to use Uber versus taking my car, dealing with construction detours or pedestrians crossing in the middle of the streets. I also use Uber when I go out with my girlfriends or to evening bloggers’ events : parking my car in a dark parking lot and having to limit myself to one only glass of wine is just not how I want to spend a chill evening.
This is what I like the most with using Uber as a rider:
- I don’t have to worry about GPS mishaps, itinerary or getting late : my Uber partner takes care of it, and drops me at the exact address I requested. I can even share my ETA with friends and family.
- There is no money exchanged with my Uber driver-partner, as everything is paid directly from my Uber app. At the end of each ride, I get to rate my driver and ride in pure confidentiality. This rating system allows me to check my driver-partner’s rating made by others before I get into my next Uber ride.
- I also know exactly the make and color of the car, licence plate number, the name of the Uber partner and his rating before I get into the car, and as a woman sometimes riding alone, this sense of safety is priceless for me.
- I get picked up from home directly to the venue I’m going to, and at night, when I go out alone, I feel much safer than using my car and having to park it in dark corners of the city.
- I get to enjoy a ride back home with a ‘real’ person, chat during the ride, and meet authentic people, just like Miriam. I love the peer-to-peer approach, versus the anonymity of a cab ride.
This year, for our holiday shopping, our family has been using uberX to get around town. We’ve divided the family into small groups to keep the gifting secret until we open the Christmas gifts : the girls together, Maya with her dad, Inès and I, Maya and I… you get the drill. When we’re done, we all meet back at an agreed meeting point, and get a ride back home with uberX. No parking, no hassle.
This has been the least stressful holiday shopping experience so far, almost as easy as shopping online, but with the added joy of actually picking physically the gifts for each of my loved ones.
And after a long day of shopping last week, Mister and I treated ourselves with a few margaritas at Padrecito, one of our favorite Mexican food spots in town. One margarita, two margaritas, but eh, who’s counting? We had our own designated Uber partner to get us home safely.
Do you use Uber? What do you like the most about this service?
• This post is in collaboration with Uber, a service our family enjoys using on a regular basis. All opinions are my own.
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