For those familiar with the ride-sharing experience, many people can relate to that pang of fear felt about five minutes into the ride, when you realize you’re driver has no idea where he or she is going.
In a hushed, poorly veiled panic, your driver is frantically switching between the map app on their smart phone and their dashboard GPS, fresh off the clearance rack at Best Buy, like tourists in a foreign city.
After realizing you’ve been traveling in the wrong direction, you weigh the feeling of awkwardness in telling someone how to do their job against whether you can afford not to, finally intervening with a strained: “….Um…you might want to turn here…”
Let’s not fail to mention that many drivers drive for both Uber and Lyft at the same time! There are even guides on how to blend the two services.
According to Uber’s driver data report, put together by the company last year, 51 percent of Uber operators have never previously worked as a driver. That’s crazy! This means its basically a coin-flip on whether or not you are paying for a professional service or paying some amateur who’s renting out their car for a quick buck.
On the other hand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most taxi drivers go through a training period prior to become professional drivers. Many states and cities, including North Carolina, require drivers to get a specific license to operate a taxi, which is prominently displayed on the dashboard of their vehicle.