I’ve been driving quite a bit over the past year and wanted to share that experience. That I hope is replicated by another company (Lyft has no mind-share here) if Uber is not able to repair the company.
- Reduced drunk driving
- The sick & disabled
- Easier for blind people
I can tell you with 100% certainty that drinking & driving has been reduced here significantly. I’m not talking about the early 20s set. I’m talking about people in their 30s/40s/50s. And lots of them.
Bars are very far apart and people live a good 20 minutes out in the suburban sprawl and this is a drinking town. (home of Anheuser-Busch)
When I take people to go out to drink, I ask them “what did you do before Uber?” and I get responses, some scary, like this:
- “Whoever is the least drunk would drive home.”
- “I’d risk it.”
- “Uber is cheaper than a DUI.”
I would argue that if there is not a clear statistic on the drop in DUIs here it’s because they are under-reported before and after Uber.
“Uber is a life-saver” Getting to doctor appointments on time. Cancer patients and people who are in town for top medical care who have a hard time getting around. They have their children setup the account and serve as their dispatcher. It’s gratifying to be able to help them and they are appreciative. They aren’t familiar with or satisfied with the shuttle services (and plus they can’t get them to some of their doctor appointments) and they have the same dissatisfaction with our local cab companies.
I’ve taken multiple blind people on their day-to-day errands. Haircut (awfully trusting), drive-through, bus stations, train stations, etc. Helping them has been one of the most gratifying experiences for me. Also good to be reminded that we’re all human, and shouldn’t be surprised by a request for Iron Maiden turned up as loud as possible (that was a 20-something blind guy who’s caretaker manages the Uber account.)