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.
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.
Here’s how to request a ride through a ridesharing service.
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!
If you don’t have a smartphone, you can rideshare by:
While ridesharing is safer than taking a taxi, you should adhere to these safety precautions:
Follow our tips to make ridesharing a part of your daily routine!