Ok, we’ve gone over the questions and weighed out the pros and cons of purchasing a car in part one and part two. Now, quid pro quo is only fair… It’s time to look discuss some of the pros and cons of Uber.
Taking Public Transportation everyday, for every trip is most likely the most affordable way to go throughout the day outside of biking or hoofing it. I don’t mind the subway or a bus ride, walking, but I admit, I get nervous about riding a bike in these traffic congested streets with some people driving as if they have Jedi Mind powers over other automobiles, bikers, and pedestrians.
Thus, many times, if it’s too far to walk and the bus won’t get me there or in time, I opt for Uber. The great thing about Uber is that you can get from suburbs into the city much more affordably and time efficient… Unless you’re in Austin (don’t get me started)…
Before I continue, I will disclose that when it comes to the Ridesharing space, I’m a big fan of Uber because I was able to use the Eats platform to send food to a family member in crisis in another state so they could take their medication timely. That to me was the only time in my life where I felt that technology can be used to quickly connect people to the resources they need rather than a series of inconvenient hurdles and speed bumps to simply, create a purpose to make more money. Uber’s technology had done for me, what I couldn’t do without them.
With all of that said, I will say that if you choose Uber as your preferred method of Transportation, here are the top 6 things that you should ask yourself before committing to the Uber life:
- Do you like people? You’ll have to get over your fear of riding with strangers pretty quickly. There’s a person that’s going to pick you up. You’ll be in their car and while the idea behind it is your personal driver, the most important thing to remember is there a person, using the platform to give you a ride and it’s their personal car. You may have more in common with your driver than you think, so be ready to strike up a conversation if they are talkative and be ok with it if they’re not. People are people and you can have a great driver, or a not so great driver.
- Uber is advancing quickly. Driverless cars are on the horizon. If you wanted to take up Uber driving as a method for paying down your car, know that it may not always be there as an option. Of course, there’s Lyft and other services that can help, but don’t rely on it long-term. While I don’t think that Driverless cars are a good thing for employment, I am optimistic and believe it will open the door for other job opportunities as long as investors remember that the people who pay them have to be able to afford to use their technology.
- Again, do you like people? If you use Uber a lot, you may opt for pool. It’s the cheapest option and requires you to have enough time to get to your destination. As long as you’re not pressed for time, you can hop in a pool and meet other fiscally conservative &/or environmentally conscious riders like yourself. This can lead to some interesting conversations. Recently Uber set rules that drivers are not allowed to have sex with passengers and no heavy groping amongst passengers. This tells me, it can potentially get a little awkward. Fear not, be strong. Report drivers and other passengers for sexual harassment and always be bold enough to say, “hey, can you get a room?” :-p Personally, it has always been a good experience for me, but I would also have no problems getting out the car, reporting the driver, and calling another.
- Can you afford it? Have you prepped your budget? You’ll need to leave a little wiggle room within your budget and high estimate your weekly trips to make sure you’re able to get around when anticipated and needed.
- Do you have a major credit card or checking account? You won’t be able to use these technologies without one and odds are you’re losing at least $1k/year being unbanked. In order to use these ride sharing services, you will need Paypal linked to your bank account, a major credit card, or banking card linked to your checking account. Pre-paid credit cards do not work on Uber or Paypal. You won’t be able to load money or spend with them using a pre-paid credit card. You won’t be able to pay the drivers in cash and it’s almost 2017 and we’re Adulting! So be a dear and get a credit card or set up a checking account. I know banks are scary with their fees and how they hold your money for days at a time. I know that some banks destroyed your trust and that you’re afraid to have your money taken, but if there’s anything worth having a checking account for, it’s to use ridesharing. LOL. After you get set up, feel free to come back and get your Uber or Lyft discount code to save on your first ride. But if for some reason you can’t get a checking account or major credit card, feel free to contact us and let’s see what we can do to empower you.
- You’ll never have to worry about parking. Why spend time and money searching for parking when you can get dropped off right at the door? Sure, this means, you’ll have to wait for someone to pick you up, but you can schedule your Uber for specific times. 😀
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