Good and Bad of Car Sharing - Lyft/Uber

United States
April 16, 2018 3:45pm CST
I personally have never used a car sharing app. I don't see a scenario where I would need it. The "good" is those who do drink and responsible will opt for this ride app and get home safely without endangering others on the road. Useful for those who need to get somewhere that has limited parking, do not drive, etc. What I don't like about these car sharing apps "the bad" is that the DRIVERS (most) do not obey traffic regulations. They will stop anywhere they please, block roads, drive in a rush, drive slow, essentially do whatever they please because they're "like a taxi". There is also a lot on the road working so more traffic and competition, too. What are your thoughts about car sharing like Lyft, Uber?
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@LadyDuck (164153)
• Switzerland
17 Apr
I never used one, if I need a car I call an official Taxi. In Italy there were serious problems, some "fake" Uber drivers raped women inside their cars.
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• United States
17 Apr
Yes you are correct. There are cases of that here as well. It is very dangerous.
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@tiada123 (342)
• Malaysia
17 Apr
Oh no, so bad. I scare to take taxi alone.
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@LadyDuck (164153)
• Switzerland
17 Apr
@infatuatedbby At least the taxi cars are registered and you know who the drivers are.
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@Corbin5 (109783)
• United States
16 Apr
I have never seen a Lyft or Uber driver drive a vehicle. If they are given any type of training, apparently the training is not good enough if the drivers do not follow the rules of the road.
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• United States
17 Apr
They use their own vehicles. There is a lot here in California!
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@tiada123 (342)
• Malaysia
17 Apr
Some have registered both apps and try to take advantage of both companies.
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@youless (92401)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Apr
We don't have Lyft here. As to Uber, it already sold its business to another company called Didi here. In the past I liked Didi because the price was better than normal taxi. Now I hardly use it unless I want to call a taxi. Since Didi can not only work like Uber but you can also reserve a taxi.
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• United States
17 Apr
Ride sharing is everywhere! Wow! I know the bicycle service here is coming around but many do not like it because people just park the bike anywhere and it doesn't look nice around the city.
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@tiada123 (342)
• Malaysia
17 Apr
DD is so powerful., I heard, a local brand1.
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@youless (92401)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Apr
@tiada123 I am surprised you know it
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@nomus24g (23789)
• India
16 Apr
I never tried that either...
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• United States
17 Apr
Do they have ride sharing apps in India?
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@nomus24g (23789)
• India
17 Apr
@infatuatedbby yes, we have Uber and another Indian counterpart "Ola"
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• United States
17 Apr
@nomus24g Is it costly there?
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@alberello75 (18022)
• Genova, Italy
17 Apr
We have not had a good experience with car-sharing. The costs were definitely high! Not to mention that my brother had an accident, where we would have had to risk paying € 1500! We paid "only" 800 €
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• United States
25 Apr
Oh no, your brother had an accident?
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@alberello75 (18022)
• Genova, Italy
25 Apr
@infatuatedbby Fortunately nothing serious happened to him. But his, it was true unconsciousness! He made daring maneuvers with car-sharing car. Does this seem like a normal thing?
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• United States
25 Apr
@alberello75 I am sorry to hear he was involved in an accident. The driver was being unsafe?
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@zarlamain (24892)
• United States
20 Apr
I have never used either of these car sharing apps and to be honest, I'm scared to. With all these negative articles about these companies, I hesitate to use these. I'll stick to my usual public transportation backed by the city.
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• United States
20 Apr
I have heard a lot of negative articles as well. I also hear negative feedback from an ex-co worker who drove for Lyft about the crazy people she encounters especially at night.
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@zarlamain (24892)
• United States
20 Apr
@infatuatedbby There's a lot of rape charges against Uber drivers. And then there are murder charges as well. So not worth it. Wow, that is dangerous!
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• United States
20 Apr
@zarlamain Yes it is really scary. I read about them often too.
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@much2say (39824)
• United States
17 Apr
I like using my own car too much - I have not used any of those services yet (and don't intend to). How scary to think that people already drive without following the rules of the road . . . it's scarier to think that these people are also the ones who are driving for these services - um, no thanks. That being said, I have a friend who is a Lyft driver . . . she's not the best of drivers, but this is what she does to make some money. If they hired a driver like her, then well, that's enough to make me not what to do the car sharing thing .
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• United States
17 Apr
I prefer my own car or my own means of transportation too. I don't want to rely on a complete stranger even though they have a drivers license... I known of an ex-co worker who drove Lyft, she made good money but she told me how sometime she drives long hours and is tired from going to work already but needs the money to support her family. There's a lot of scary stories you hear and I don't think it's safe either. I won't be using it and do not intend to either but there is so many on the streets. Literally 1 out of 5 cars is a Lyft or Uber OR both here!
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@much2say (39824)
• United States
17 Apr
@infatuatedbby Having a driver's license isn't enough for sure . . . I don't know what the screening process is or what kind of training they get (do they even get training??). My husband was telling me how he heard on the news how some doctor was using some car service to go somewhere, but the driver left him/her stranded because the driver decided it wouldn't be worth the drive for what he would get paid . Yes, lots of horror stories out there - no thanks!! I have no idea what percentage use Lyft or Uber here - but it's L.A. so . . .
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• United States
17 Apr
@much2say I looked it up the other day cause my neighbors bought brand new cars to do Lyft and Uber. And it's just self employment. So, you file a 1099 and write down car expenses, gas miles, if you hand out any business cards / water (it can be written down), cost to find "a job" so I guess miles you take to drive around before picking someone else, honestly not bad for someone who wants a brand new car to do. You work your own hours, turn on the app and go. ... but I don't think people factor in they have to notify their car insurance & get a better one. But I don't know I always have what if moments. I rather not drive. I want to be on the road as little as possible. My ex-co worker said you need to qualify and have a certain year of car I believe like 2005 or newer? (could change now), be at least 4 doors, have insurance proof & it's your car and you get to meet with someone and drive with them. That's about it! No training..... Theres so many Lyft and Uber drivers, it pisses me off. They stop anywhere, put their emergency lights and just stop. Super annoying but I am sure its more in LA then SD.
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@Courtlynn (65098)
• United States
17 Apr
Never used either, have no reason to. But my brother uses Uber to get to work most days of each week. And has no complaints. Says it's cheaper than taxi, and gets him from point A to point B.
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• United States
17 Apr
I don't think Uber/Lyft is a problem to use. I just think it's the way the drivers park for other cars. I saw one car just park right off the freeway (I guess the person ended their route there), but its just not safe.
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@Courtlynn (65098)
• United States
17 Apr
@infatuatedbby maybe its just those there. As haven't seen anyone do things like that here. (though, doesn't mean they don't happen). but I personally cant say that its uber/lyft, when its just some drivers.
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• United States
17 Apr
@Courtlynn It varies depending on state especially living in the city.
@jobelbojel (7350)
• Philippines
19 Apr
I don't use these apps. I use Grab and most of the time the drivers can't find where I live.
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• United States
25 Apr
What is a grab?
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• Philippines
25 Apr
@infatuatedbby It is a version of Uber here in my country.
• United States
25 Apr
@jobelbojel I see. Is it reasonably cost?
@DianneN (79947)
• United States
19 Apr
I've always used a yellow taxi cab, but everyone I know loves Uber.
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• United States
25 Apr
I have never used a taxi before. :)
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@DianneN (79947)
• United States
25 Apr
@infatuatedbby Wow! And I've never used Uber.
• United States
1 May
@DianneN Hehehe
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@MsBooklover (3999)
• United States
19 Apr
I have never used one. I saw someone pick up a woman the other week, and I had a feeling that it was a car sharing. I would not be able to tell the different between a regular driver and one like Lyft or Uber. How can you tell?
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• United States
25 Apr
There is a sticker in their rear window symbol of Uber or Lyft. I would prefer them to have like a sign on top like how pizza deliveries to distinguish on the road.
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• United States
25 Apr
@infatuatedbby I agree. I would probably miss a small sticker. They should be required to put a sign on top of the hood of the car.
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• United States
26 Apr
@MsBooklover Yes, I agree. They should be required to put a sign on the top of the car like how pizza deliveries do!
@shaggin (37049)
• United States
18 Apr
If they drive bad though they can get a bad rating and lose customers so it would be in their best interest to one all the laws.
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• United States
18 Apr
I don't think the customers mind the way they drive because they're being the priority. I think its dangerous for cars around more so.
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@shaggin (37049)
• United States
18 Apr
@infatuatedbby I am a pretty big stickler about laws and safety so I never want to ride with an Uber then
• United States
19 Apr
@shaggin I think the drivers are fine, just for other drivers near them it can be dangers.
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• United States
17 Apr
If it is with safe, evaluated, tested, and reliable drivers apply for employment I am grateful they are there to help when people need transportation but I am glad my car still runs and I earn slightly enough to keep it filled once a month . . .
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• United States
25 Apr
Drivers I know said they only test you once on the road & you're good to go.
• United States
26 Apr
@infatuatedbby are background checks mandatory and thorough ?
• United States
30 Apr
@enlightenedpsych2 I don't know about now, but then no.
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@db20747 (8484)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
17 Apr
Its supposed to be cheaper!! I think u can bring this complaint to their attention if they R not driving safely!!!
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• United States
17 Apr
It is cheaper. I don't drive Lyft/Uber or take the app. But I do see Lyft/Uber drivers not driving properly or following traffic.
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@db20747 (8484)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
17 Apr
@infatuatedbby they should make it apart of the contract that they drive safely!!!
• United States
17 Apr
@db20747 And not pull over anywhere and stop as if they were a taxi. I agree.
@AmbiePam (49557)
• United States
17 Apr
I have never used one, and I am too wary of other people to try it. If I had a desperate need for a ride I think I would call an actual taxi.
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• United States
17 Apr
I never needed to, hopefully I won't need to use one. Taxis aren't common here unless its like the airport or you request it.
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@AmbiePam (49557)
• United States
17 Apr
@infatuatedbby I rarely see taxis around here.
• United States
17 Apr
@AmbiePam Same here. It is because there is a lot of app sharing rides now.
@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Apr
Users need to be smart and observant.. There have been some episodes on Investigation Discovery about people getting in a car they think is a Uber and not asking. Scary.
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• United States
17 Apr
Yes you are correct. There are people imposing to be Uber or Lyft. Not safe.
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@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr
@infatuatedbby ....Yes, they are.Have to be careful.
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• United States
22 Apr
@celticeagle Yes indeed
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@tiada123 (342)
• Malaysia
17 Apr
I don't share so far because I scare. Haha!
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• United States
17 Apr
I am scared to be driven by a complete stranger.
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@tiada123 (342)
• Malaysia
17 Apr
@infatuatedbby it's true. Same here, scare to entertain passengers.
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19 Apr
some of the uber drivers in the Philippines are st*pid.
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• United States
25 Apr
Many of them rush to find business.
@Tinissome (305)
• Indonesia
19 Apr
I usually use it, all-over that work good,but Uber I don't think so.in my country missing right now
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• United States
25 Apr
Oh I see. I think these drivers drive more rushing than other drivers.
@KrauseHome (35341)
• United States
17 Apr
Personally I Love Lyft over using a Taxi. Have never used Uber though, but might now since we drive for Uber Eats. The drivers I have gotten with them are friendly, and the savings over a Taxi is quite a bit
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• United States
25 Apr
Yes the cost would be much cheaper than standard Taxi.