Need a ride? Use your smart phone to find a ride in minutes. With a simple tap of a button, a nearby community driver will pick you up!
For basic information about ride sharing apps, go to 9 Tips for Using Ride Sharing Apps if You have Vision Loss.
For basic information on how to set up and use Uber, go to Uber – A Transportation Option for Those with Low Vision.
In his blog post, Thoughts and Tips on using Uber with a Guide Dog, Mike May addresses the issue of a traveling with Uber, Lyft and traditional taxi services with a guide dog, his personal experiences with ride services and Uber’s 2-strike policy for drivers. Mike also provides 7 strategies to reduce the likelihood of dog rejection when using Uber and Lyft services.
Orientation and Mobility Specialists: Uber and Lyft apps are accessible and available on both Apple and Android smartphones. These mainstream ride services are less expensive than taxi services and are paid through the app – no money or credit card information is exchanged at the end of the ride. Mike’s 7 tried-and-true strategies and his attitude on how to be a considerate rider should be shared with O&M students/clients! One additional suggestion is to take a screenshot of the smartphone screen to save the driver/car information in case a personal item is left in the car.
To download the apps:
Uber in the App Store
Uber in Google Play
Lyft in the App Store
Lyft in Google Play
By Diane Brauner