St. Patrick’s Day is always a popular night for people to go out with their friends, have fun, and maybe have a few drinks too. At the end of the night, it can sometimes be a hassle to figure out how you’re going to get home. Convincing one of your friends to be the designated driver or trying to hail a cab on a busy street usually isn’t too easy either. Luckily, there are some apps you can install on your smart phone that will help you get a safe ride home at the end of the night.
Below are our top recommendations for the best 7 apps to get you home safely this St. Patrick’s Day.
Lyft is a taxi service that hires everyday people using their own vehicles to drive customers around. Customers can use the app to request a ride to wherever it is they want to go – you can be picked up and dropped off pretty much anywhere. Passengers pay their driver through the app, so you don’t have to worry about having cash or cards to pay for your ride.
Lyft is also great because they have strict standards for their drivers, and require background checks, as well as in-person vehicle safety checks before a driver is allowed to take passengers to ensure the safety of passengers. Lyft also has 24/7 customer support in case you have any issues.
To learn more about Lyft and how to use it, check out our free Lyft course.
Uber is another independent taxi service, similar to Lyft. It’s available around the world, and is one of the most popular apps of its kind. You can choose the type of Uber you need (UberX, UberPOOL, UberXL, etc.), and get an estimate of how much it will cost and how long it will take to get to your destination. Add your credit card or link your PayPal account to your Uber account to pay for your ride. Once you’ve arrived, you can rate your experience to let Uber know how your driver did.
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Curb is another app you can use to get a ride home this St. Patrick’s Day. Curb only works with licensed, professional taxi drivers, rather than everyday drivers. Curb is partnered with over 90 taxi companies with a total fleet of over 50,000 cars, and is available in cities all over the U.S. Like Lyft and Uber, you can add your credit card information to your account and pay your driver through the app, and Curb also allows customers to pay their driver by cash if they wish.
Hailo is a unique independent taxi service that originated in Britain. Some great features that Hailo offers include being able to see how far you can go for a certain amount of money, as well as disability-accessible taxis. Hailo drivers can talk to each other to let one another know about traffic jams, construction, etc. so that drivers can avoid things that might slow them down. Hailo isn’t available in North America, but it’s a great option if you’re living in the U.K., Spain, or Singapore.
Gett is an independent taxi service that originated in Israel. Gett has their own fleet of drivers who are licensed and insured to drive a taxi. Gett never increases their rates based on demand, bad weather, or heavy traffic, so you’ll always pay the same rate – which can save you a lot of money over apps like Lyft and Uber. Gett’s service is available in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Israel, and Russia.
Another app we have to recommend to you is Easy Taxi. Easy Taxi is similar to Uber and Lyft, where you request a ride and a nearby driver will be assigned to pick you up and take you to your destination. Easy Taxi drivers have to go through training and background checks, so you can feel safe getting a ride with them. The Easy Taxi service is available in 30 different countries, including many southern parts of the globe that other taxi apps don’t cover. To use Easy Taxi, download their app on your iPhone or Android smart phone.
Flywheel is another app that allows users to request a ride from a professional taxi driver (just like Curb). Flywheel charges based on standard taxi rates, so you won’t get charged extra during times of high demand. Once you’ve requested a ride, you can track your cab to see how long it’ll take to get to you.
Now that we’ve covered the best apps to use to get a ride home on St. Patrick’s Day, we’re going to give you a few tips to help you make sure you get home safely.
Decide which service you plan on using to get home beforehand. Make sure that service operates in the area you’ll be in, and at the time you’ll be heading home. Consider having a backup plan in case your first choice doesn’t work out.
Before you head out for the night, download these apps to your smart phone so you’ll already have them all set to use. If you haven’t signed up for the service already, make an account before you head out as well – just to save yourself the hassle later when you want to head home.
Be careful choosing where you want to be picked up and dropped off. Stay in a safe, well-lit area, or inside a building while waiting for your ride to save yourself from any potential unsafe situations.
Before you get into a vehicle, make sure it’s the correct car and driver. Some of these apps will give you information like the make and model of the vehicle, the licence plate number, and the driver’s name once you request your ride. Double check that you have the correct vehicle and driver before getting in with them.
Make sure someone else knows where you are and how you plan on getting home. You want to ensure you have someone who can help you out in case of emergency.
You don’t want to end up getting stuck somewhere without the ability to request a ride just because your phone’s battery died. Fully charge your device before you go out, and/or bring a portable charger with you for backup.
That’s it for our recommendations for apps to help you get home safe this St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day, for that matter). We hope one of them works out for you! If you’ve tried out one of these apps, leave us a comment about your experience to help other TechBoomers users. Remember to have fun, and always make a plan for a safe ride home!
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