Whether living or travelling in London, most people are faced with a common question; should I hail a taxi, tap a rideshare app, or pre-book a car service?
To answer your question, I’d say it depends.
Choosing to hail a taxi, book a private car service or download a rideshare app can often be a complex decision that every rider needs to make. This is in part impacted by decisions such as the rider’s desired destination, how fast the rider would like to arrive there, and the cost expected to be spent for each ride. The complexity of this decision is further echoed by Taxicode owner, Jonathan Kettle. “As the owner of Taxicode, you’d think that I’d use my own company every time I need a taxi service, but I don’t. It really depends on what I’m doing and where I want to go,” he explained. It is this combination of factors that makes this decision more complicated than a simple yes or no answer. So we at Zareou have decided to give some tips to help you make the right decision.
Starting off any journey begins with picking the perfect ride for short trips, which are generally disliked by black cabs. This is partly due to the fact that traditional taxi companies do not believe that these short, cheap trips are worth the hassle. It is with this in mind that most black cabs may attempt to lengthen these trips in order to make a larger profit. It is also worth noting that traditional cabs are unable to be flexible to accommodate these trips. In contrast to this, rideshare apps offer better flexibility for potential riders to book a ride at their leisure and on their own time.
After A Night Out
In the case of a night out pre-booking a private car service is almost impossible as you’ll likely go where the night takes you, having no idea when you’ll be ready to leave.
And although cheaper, most rideshare apps require that you enter the location of your destination into the app as drivers rely on GPS for directions. This can slow down the process when the exact location isn’t known, which often happens when bar hopping or sleeping out.
Black cabs, on the other hand, rely on memory. Although this can often result in you directing them, most tend to know the route and a rough idea is good enough. And if there’s traffic, black cabs can nip down the bus lane – just make sure you have cash on hand!
Again, it depends.
If you’ve had a tiring trip and want to roll out of the plane into a ride, pre-booked private car services are a good option, even though a pricey one. They will already be waiting for you upon your arrival.
Rideshare apps are a great option if you’re worried about your flight being delayed or don’t want the hassles of planning ahead (or you forgot to). Rideshare drivers, like taxis, tend to spend a lot of time driving to and from airports, meaning they will arrive in seconds.
Both options also allow you to pick your preferred vehicle based on your budget and group size. With taxi cabs, on the other hand, you won’t be able to choose and you’ll need cash. And if they use a meter, they can easily take the longer, more expensive route.
As you can see, the answer really does depend on your unique needs.
However, if you’d like to use a transportation service that lets you instantly order a ride the moment you need it, be fetched within minutes, pay notably cheaper cashless rates, relax while GPS directs, rate your experience, pick your preferred vehicle, and earn free rides, then rideshare app, Zareou, is your answer!
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