I used Uber for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and can’t believe I never got around to trying them before. So smooth, so easy, and cheaper than a cab would have been.
When you open up the Uber app, it geolocates and automatically finds your current location for pickup. You can manually change that — here I put in the Yorktown Mall, for instance, and it shows me that the closest available Uber driver to that location is at the nearby Yorktown apartments, three minutes away. If I choose to request that Uber, the app will show a photo of the car & one of the driver, and will let me watch the car moving on the map so I can see when exactly they’ll be approaching. During the ride, it also shows where you are on the in-app map so you can see the route you’re taking and how close you are to your destination. I found this… dare I say… uber cool.
The ride charges automatically to your credit card — no worrying about tips, and your receipt comes to you electronically.
I got a $10 first ride credit for signing up under MashupDad (who has been using Uber for ages, since he works downtown and travels fairly often… and he only laughed at me a little for taking so long to sign up). So, my first ride would have run $18.65 from the far north side of Chicago to the Magnificent Mile — but instead cost me just $8.65. My friend signed up under me and got a first ride credit for our trip back, so that also worked out nicely.
- Your first ride, however, could be up to $20 off when you use code 20NEWRIDEUBER or code RIDINGUBER20.
Interested in driving with Uber?
If you’re interested in being an Uber driver and making some money on the side, you can sign up here. Drive your own car, and set your own schedule. Note: Uber does have requirements as to year of car, background check, etc. — see more info when you sign up on their site.
Have you tried Uber?
I’d love to hear about your experiences, too! So far, color me impressed. 🙂