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Ridesharing 101

Smartphone apps like Uber and Lyft have made getting a ride as easy as a few taps. We’re sharing how senior citizens can safely take advantage of ridesharing, whether or not they have smartphones.


What is ridesharing?

Ridesharing is like a taxi that you order from an app on a smartphone. You can see exactly when your ride will arrive, how much it will cost, and you can even send your ETA to loved ones.

Ridesharing is popular because it tends to be less expensive than using a taxi, and it often will take you where many taxis won’t - like suburban or rural communities.

Ridesharing is great for seniors because it can give you the independence you deserve on a fixed-income budget. If you don’t or can’t drive (even if just at night!), you can use ridesharing to get to the grocery store, visit family and friends, and get to and from important appointments.


How to use ridesharing as a senior citizen

Here’s how to request a ride through a ridesharing service.

Ridesharing for seniors with smartphones

Download a ridesharing app - like Uber or Lyft - to your smartphone. You’ll need to create a free account on either app in order to use their services.

To request a ride you’ll need to enter pick-up and drop-off locations and choose between a private ride and a shared ride. You’ll be able to track your driver’s car on the app as he or she arrives.

Remember, before you can order a ride, you’ll be prompted to enter payment information into the app. This is to make sure that all payment takes place in the app, and you won’t need to give your drive cash or a credit card – you can even add a tip for a great ride in the app!


Ridesharing for seniors without smartphones

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can rideshare by:

  1. Having a friend or loved one with a smartphone order a ride for you.
  2. Asking your senior community to request a ride on your behalf.
  3. Requesting your own ride via GoGoGrandparent, a service that places Uber and Lyft ride requests without a smartphone.


Ridesharing safety tips for seniors

While ridesharing is safer than taking a taxi, you should adhere to these safety precautions:

  • Make sure that the license plate number on the car you’re getting into matches the one shown on your ridesharing app.
  • If you’re using GoGoGrandparent to request a ride, you won’t know your driver’s license plate number, but you will know your driver’s name. Ask the driver for his or her name before getting into the vehicle. 

Follow our tips to make ridesharing a part of your daily routine!