I NEED A LYFT!
It is not news that taxis are oldschool and quite frankly they suck.
Thankfully in 2016 technology has opened the doors to many different avenues for business to develop.
One app that has changed an industry is the rideshare applications.
2 of the biggest rideshare services currently killing the cab industry.
However, these apps are not available everywhere.
If you live in a major city or a popular area there is a good chance you have heard of the rideshare app called Lyft, if not then you must have heard of “Uber”.
Here is a list of cities to see if Lyft is available near you.
Within the past few years, Lyft has been Uber’s competition and Lyft has been gaining major popularity, and personally I find that most passengers prefer Lyft over Uber.
Whether you are looking for a ride to:
- The airport
- The doctor’s
- A friend’s wedding or BBQ
- To the bar, restaurant.
- School, etc.
Lyft can help you get there. And a lot quicker and cheaper than a taxi will probably charge you.
What exactly is Lyft?
In a brief explanation, Lyft is a technology app that connects drivers to passengers.
- Anyone can drive (a few requirements)
- Anyone can get a ride, so long as you have a smartphone and data!
These “taxi” apps if you will have been really hurting the cab industry. In fact, NYC is looking to ban some of these services, since it’s unfair that cabs have to pay for a permit to drive in the city and these apps allow anyone to drive without paying for a permit.
How It Works:
When you would like a ride you just open up the app and it will show you 3 options to choose from.
Lyft: A regular 4 seat Lyft car for a solo rider or with friends. This is the most common requested ride.
Lyft Plus: Is a larger car for up to 6 passengers. For those times when you are rolling deep to the bars.
Lyft Line: Only available in some cities. The idea is for people that don’t mind sharing a ride with another person. This is for only 2 seats per request, and it means that you are subject to pick up others along the way. Usually the lyft line works great for a solo rider going to a bar downtown, if there is another solo driver going to the same location then it would be ideal for them to request a lyft line since they don’t need 4 seats and don’t mind sharing a ride. The lyft line is the cheapest ride, but it is not available in every city.
Once you decide on the car you need to request you will then see a map of the closest available Lyft drivers near you. ——>
Once you request a ride it sends out the request to the closest driver to you. If the driver accepts the request he or she will be on their way to pick you up.
Once the driver arrives, they hit a button inside the app that confirms the arrival at the address.
Once this is done a text message alert is sent to the passenger waiting for the ride to notify them the driver is outside of the location they requested the ride at.
Also, once the driver confirms the arrival a 5-minute timer counting down begins.
If the passenger does not come out before the time expires then the driver can leave and the passenger will be charged $5. (Calls and texts can be made between the passenger and driver to locate one another better.)
On the other hand, if the passenger makes it to the car, the driver will confirm the identity of the person and confirm the navigation to their requested destination. Once this is all set they can begin driving to the destination!
Once arrived at the destination the passenger gets out, thank you’s are exchanged, the driver hits a final button to confirm the drop-off and the fare is complete.
- No cash payment
- No waiting
- No phone calls
- Just a push of a button and the ride is complete and paid for all through the app. Making the transaction easy and painless.
The passenger has their credit or debit card wired to the apps services, so there is no way a Lyft driver can get beat on a fare.
Also, unlike Uber the Lyft app allows passengers to tip drivers right from the app when confirming their payment. (This is convenient for passengers who do not have cash but would like to tip and it really helps out the drivers!)
Lyft also has a 5-star rating system to rate the drivers AND passengers.
In order to qualify to drive for Lyft driver’s must be:
- Licensed for longer than a year
- Pass a background check
- Vehicle inspection
- & pass a medical exam.
Lyft only supports the best of the best.
So if you are rude and/or disrespectful don’t expect to have the privilege of using Lyft services for much longer.
With Lyft the driver’s rate the passengers and the passenger’s rate the driver’s.
This ensures that Lyft maintains high standards of quality drivers and passengers so everyone is happy.
If you choose to never see a driver or passenger again just rate them a 1 star!
If a driver’s rating falls below 4 stars it’s almost certain they will be dropped from Lyft as a driver.
The same goes for passengers as well.
Getting a ride from Lyft has many benefits such as:
- Cheaper fares
- Safer rides
- Faster service
In fact, just as a thank you for visiting my website and reading this post I’d like to give you $10-$50 in ride credit (depending on your eligibility)
Just download the Lyft app here.
Be sure to use my referral code MICHAEL105541 .
**This is the only way to get the ride credits, is by using a referral code**
However, if you are interested in driving for Lyft, it can be a very lucrative part-time job.
Driving for Lyft is a great job and I’ll share some of my experience in a post soon!
Thanks for the read and keep becoming a better version daily!
Questions and comments below 🙂