By: Sydney D
So I can finally say that I’ve ridden Uber! And some of the experience was good, other experiences made me wish I was in my own vehicle.
Last (last) Tuesday I found myself in a situation that ended with me without my car- I could go into detail but it basically was me not listening to my mechanic- which all in all didn’t cause me immediate panic. Of course I thought of the typical “crap!”, but all in all I could still take the bus to school. So I was as calm as a pond….
On Friday morning is when it occurred to me that my apartment isn’t on the city bus route (not even close), and I was- as my Mom would say- “up a creek”. So after a little meltdown and a small- but totally realistic fear- of getting fired from not being able to make it to my job. I realized that I could take Uber to work.
Basically I gave myself the advice I’ve been giving other people for months.
So after downloading the app and a quick hope that Galveston is big enough for Uber to actually be a thing I opened the app.
Which now leads me to the more “review” part of my blog and less “storytime”. And because it’s now the review portion I’ll be breaking it up into four “parts” a part for each experience between the two days/nights. (For legal purposes and all that jazz all names are fake or shortened!!)
So my first experience was with an amazing Driver named C. I marked the pick up point at the front of my apartment building and because I’m an anxious person I was at the drop off point about ten minutes ahead of the timed pickup. Which was actually great because she showed up a few minutes early! The ride itself was good. She was super nice and easy to talk too which was something I found good because I was already super nervous. She also took my “stranger danger” joke in stride (making a returning joke about how she had candy). The price was also pretty reasonable around ten ($10).
The second day was already different. For one the price went up about $10, so I instead paid twenty dollars ($20) instead of what I assume to be the normal ten. The was because it was a “peak” time which caused prices to surge. Next I had a driver who was pretty jaded and overall gave off a negative vibe. He spent all his time talking about how much money he makes but also acting snide towards me because I am a (and I quote) “teenager with a credit card”. Thankfully at that point we were almost to my job and I just asked to be let out nearby. However when I looked at my phone once I got to work I saw he drove several blocks extra before “closing out” my ride. So I had to contact Uber and get them to refund me the extra money he charged me. Which was about $20 more than the agreed upon amount.
The price went back down to the normal $10 and it was a pretty smooth ride. I guess the only issue was the driver spent the entire time flirting with me (even after I told him I was 17) and since it was around one in the morning, and my job is too far to walk home at night I was a captive audience. So that was awkward (read creepy) but oh well.
So Pros and Cons! I guess the highlights of Uber is you sometimes get really cool people who tell you information about the area that you might not know. (My Uber yesterday told me about sunken ships nearby). And around certain times the price is actually really good for short distances. However the cons would be you risk a chance of getting overcharged, getting a rude/weird driver, or having to pay $20+ because it may be a busy time. So if I’m honest if I have the option I’d take public transportation before taking an Uber, but it does work in a pitch.
**This post is not sponsored, however if Uber wants to give me free rides because of it feel free to hmu**
**This was originally written sometime in April. But because of laptop and wifi issues, it is just now being posted**
A 18-year old who spends most of my time reading and taking photos. Most of what I write here is just things that I personally hope is interesting, important, or at the very least funny.
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