THE PERKS OF USING UBER! By Samin Sakib

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation.    REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files  (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

A lot of people might be familiar with the term ‘Uber’ by now. Uber Technologies Inc. is an American private hire company headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, operating in 633 cities worldwide. Yes, Uber provides a convenient, inexpensive and safe transport service and that too through private cars. You can hire a private driver to pick you up & take you to your destination with the tap of a button on any smart device. A nearby driver often arrives to pick you up within minutes. Not only is this an on-demand car service, but you can even watch as your driver is en-route to come pick you up.

Uber is active 7-days a week, 24 hours a day. To start using Uber as a passenger one must first signup to create an account. To avail the service, one needs to download & install the app ‘Uber’ on his/her iPhone, Android, or Windows phone. When you have created your account and installed the app – launch the app. You will see a login prompt where you can sign in with the credentials you just provided during the signup process. Whenever you need a ride; simply open up the Uber app on your phone, ensure the pickup location that is where you are now, and then ensure the destination place that is where you want to go. The riders closest to you will show up on the map. Request a ride and you can expect a 2 minute response time. While you are packing your bag or having breakfast/tying your shoe lace, the driver will be downstairs waiting for you. The approximate fare of any ride will be displayed just after locating the destination and pick up place by calculating the distance through google map and several other factors. A customer has also the right to rate the driver through the app and any criticism is welcomed warmly.

One of the things that many customers of Uber say is that they consistently have high quality service. All of the drivers that work with or for the company have been trained and they are incredibly friendly and easy to work with. Secondly, the pricing system is incredibly easy to understand and it’s actually incredibly fair as well. As you likely know, standard taxi services charge you by the mile. But when it comes to Uber, they have a combined pricing system which seems completely fair and much cheaper than regular taxi services. Last but not least, it’s really easy and stress-free to use Uber. It’s not some complicated app that makes life more difficult – absolutely not! You don’t have to worry about making mistakes because you have to confirm everything that you type in, and you will be able to keep track of exactly what is going on with the driver that you have hired for your job.

So, if you still haven’t use Uber, head on over to their website for more information, download the app, sign up, and get started today!

 

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