Using a rideshare app, like Uber or Lyft, is one of the best ways to get around when you’re on vacation. It’s convenient and it can be affordable, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a good experience. The last thing you want to do is have to hire an Uber lawyer because you got into an accident while you were on the road with a driver!
Make sure getting around while you’re on vacation is as smooth, easy, and safe as possible by following these tips.
Download the App Before You Leave
You don’t want to find yourself at the airport trying to figure out how you’re going to get to your hotel or your Airbnb. However, there can be a bit of a learning curve when using rideshare apps because there are a lot of features and there’s a lot of information included in each app. Instead of trying to figure it all out when you get there, download the app before you go on vacation.
Downloading the app ahead of time enables you to get familiar with how to use it. It’s even better if you request a ride for a short trip at home so you can see how the app works from start to finish. It will make you more comfortable and confident using the app while you’re away from home.
Discover Special Features You May Want to Use
Not all Uber or Lyft rides are created equal. There are quite a few special features you may find convenient, but you have to know that they exist!
Download the app before you leave and consider these special features you’ll find on Uber:
- Split the cost of fares with your traveling companions
- Schedule multiple stops on the same trip
- Schedule a ride ahead of time
- Learn how to summon your ride quickly and easily with Google Maps, Siri, or Google Assistant
With Uber Assist, you can also get physical help. That includes wheelchairs and walkers, but you can also get help with extra luggage, which is especially helpful if you’re traveling.
Confirm the Car That Comes to Pick You Up
Nearly all those who drive for rideshare apps are just looking to make a few extra bucks and help people get to where they’re going. However, that doesn’t mean all drivers have good intentions.
Unfortunately, fake Uber and Lyft drivers are out there. If you aren’t careful, you could get picked up by the wrong driver and end up in a very scary situation.
You should never be so busy that you can’t take the time to confirm the car that comes to pick you up. Check that the license plate in the app matches the one on the car, and compare the driver to the picture in the app. Ask the driver to say your name. If they have received your pickup information, they should be able to tell you.
Even if you get the right car, it can still be helpful to be cautious. Sit directly behind the driver, as it is more difficult to reach you when you sit there and turn on the Share Location feature so you can share your trip with others.
Consider Having a Chat With Your Driver
There’s nothing wrong with keeping quiet while you’re going for a ride. Not everyone wants to talk! However, one of the best ways to get the most out of your vacation is to get to know the locals a little better. One of the best ways to do that is to talk to your Uber or Lyft driver!
Let them know that you’re traveling and ask if they have any recommendations for things to do or places to eat. If you really hit it off, you could meet up later and they can show you around!
Keep Reviews in Mind
You get to review ever driver you ride with, and it’s great to check the review of each driver before you get in the car, but it’s important to remember that drivers get to review you too! If you want to continue calling for rides throughout your trip and even after you return home, it’s a good idea to know how to be a good passenger.
Avoid eating stinky or sloppy food in the car, don’t smoke, and don’t slam the doors. If you do want to talk to your driver, ask if you can sit in the front seat before you get in.
Using a rideshare app can be a great way to get around on vacation. Just follow these tips to make sure it’s convenient and safe!