Whether you’re attending a Red Sox game or a Beyoncé concert, ridesharing services provide a safe and simple way to get to your destination and back — and avoid parking fees, too. However, it can become challenging to leave with hundreds or even thousands of attendees heading out at the same time. If you’re planning on using Uber or Lyft to get home from a big-ticket event, read on for our top 5 tips to guarantee a painless ridesharing experience.
1. Prepare for surge pricing.
Surge pricing adjusts the cost of rides to match driver supply to rider demand. This means that it can get pretty expensive if there are lots of people requesting rides at a certain time. The bigger the event is, the more your ride home will cost.
Walking a few blocks can help you escape the crowds — and, in turn, the surge. Not only will it be easier for your driver to spot you, but you’ll save more than a few bucks in the process. Crowds and surges fade fairly fast, so waiting it out is another option if you have the time to spare. Make a plan to grab dinner or drinks after the event to make the minutes go by even faster.
2. Look for a dedicated ridesharing pick-up area.
At certain venues, Lyft and Uber have designated areas for ridesharing pick-ups. Some can be found in the parking lot while others are in front of the building near the entrance. Before heading to your destination, check their website to see where the zone is located.
These pick-up areas make it easier for your driver to find you, which saves time for everyone. They also makes it less likely that you’ll accidentally get into a regular, non-ridesharing vehicle, which happens more than you’d think.
3. If you’re with a group, use UberXL or Lyft Plus.
Keep in mind that typical Uber and Lyft cars can only seat 4 riders. If you’re at an event with a bigger group of friends or family members, be sure to order a larger vehicle through UberXL or Lyft Plus. If you order a ride and there isn’t enough room for everyone, you’ll have to pay a cancellation fee on top of your next trip’s fare.
4. Help your driver find you.
After you request your ride, contact your driver through the app and provide details about your appearance and location. Sharing the color of your shirt and where you’re standing can help make the pick-up process easier for everyone involved. This also reduces the risk of a stranger “stealing” your ride.
5. Confirm your driver’s identity before entering the vehicle.
With story after story of fake ridesharing drivers picking up unsuspecting passengers, this is more important than ever. These predators take advantage of the confusion that comes with dark nights and busy crowds to beckon you into their vehicle. Both the Uber and Lyft apps display your driver’s name, vehicle type and color, and license plate number. Remember to use this information to verify your driver is the right person before getting in their car — your safety is at stake.
No matter where you’re traveling, secure your safety with the free BestRides app. Use it to share your journey with your loved ones and notify them in an instant if anything goes wrong. Plus, compare Uber, Lyft, and taxi prices before you head out to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Download it today for iOS or Android and let us know what you think on Twitter!