Full disclosure, I am a huge Uber fan! I not only use it when I’m traveling out of town, but it’s my go to method of transportation even in my own city, particularly if I’m going to be drinking or if I need a ride to/from the airport. Friends of mine can attest to the fact that I’m pretty much made it my personal mission to get everyone I know riding Uber.
Using Uber is super easy. You just download the app on your smartphone, connect your method of payment such as PayPal and you’re good to go when you’re ready to use it.
If you are new to Uber, however, here are a few things you should know before your first ride:
1. Only request an Uber ride when you are ready.
It’s really important to know that you cannot request an Uber ride in advance of your trip time. Once you put in your location and request a ride in Uber, your car is on its way. And you will be charged a fee for canceling at that point. You’ll usually find that an Uber vehicle is just within minutes of you, so it’s usually never a problem to find a vehicle when you need it. Seriously, I’ve had an Uber come and get me at the most unGodly hours of the morning to take me to the airport.
2. Uber Pool vs. UberX
Uber Pool is an option where you can share a vehicle with other riders for a lower fare. Your co-riders may or may not be coming from or going to the same location as you, so be prepared for your Uber driver to make several stops during your ride. Uber Pool can be a good option if you have time to spare, but I would not recommend it if you are pressed for time.
Selecting UberX insures you a private Uber ride for 1-4 passengers. For larger groups, you’ll most likely have to request an extra large vehicle or SUV.
3. Avoid Surge Pricing whenever possible
Occasionally, there are especially busy times for Uber and that’s where you’ll find the dreaded surge pricing. This is where the usual Uber rate is increased to keep up with the high demand. These don’t last forever, however, and many times, you’ll find that just waiting a few more minutes to request a ride will help you avoid surge pricing.
4. Be sure to search for coupon codes out there to save some money on your Uber ride!
Especially for first time users, there are usually various coupon codes you can find. I have an exclusive promo code you can use on your first Uber ride that will save you $10! This is regardless of your destination or total ride cost, so it could also mean a free Uber ride! Just use code LOVEPEACEDEC10 to save!
5. You can always confirm your driver’s identity before riding
Once you request an Uber vehicle, the app will show you the driver’s name (and picture in some cases), vehicle type and licence plate number. Always take the time to confirm your driver’s identity before getting in the car. As an added precaution, whenever I’m riding alone, I always screenshot this information and share it with my husband just to be sure that someone else knows who I’m with.