Ridesharing services are becoming the standard way for people to travel from one place to another without the need of waiting for a cab. In developed countries the applications that provide ridesharing have become quite common but it would still take them some time to become popular in countries that are still in the process of development. You would expect most people with smartphones in the US to know how to use the ridesharing service but that’s not the case. There are still millions of people who have no idea about ridesharing services or how they can use them.
In order to use the ridesharing services provided by a particular company, you will first need to download their application. This particular application will download on your smartphone and you will then have to sign up with the service using this application. Once you have entered your correct details including your payment method, you are ready to use the application to arrange a ride for you. You must know at this point that you are not going to give the fare of your ride to the driver, it is rather taken from the account you have set up with your ridesharing service.
GPS is the main technology that is put to use in order to arrange your ride. You open the application and choose the location from where you want to be picked. For instance, with Lyft, as soon as you enter the location you are connected to the nearest existing Lyft drivers who can pick you. You can also enter your destination right here so the driver knows where exactly you are going. Another option on the application also allows you to get an estimate of the total fare you will have to pay for your ride to your destination. Lyft offers users the first ride for free and users who have already used their first free ride can start paying the fee. There is messages service available on the application as well.
The messages service is there for you to contact the driver in case you need to give any additional info. For example, you could contact the driver immediately if your location of pickup has changed from the one you entered on the application. Once you have comfortably settled in your ride and reached your destination, you can just get off and go where you are supposed to go. However, you can always tip the driver. It is you who would decide whether you want to tip the driver or not. It is not necessary but it is definitely courteous.
The amount that is taken from your online account with the ridesharing service is then split by the company with the driver on the specified terms. Most companies would pay their drivers on a weekly basis but that could change from company to company. If you have made a request for pickup but want to cancel it, you will have to do that immediately. Cancellation done within 5 minutes will not be charged with a penalty but any cancellation done later than 5 minutes will incur penalties because the driver needs to be compensated for coming to your appointed location.