So the other night I went out, had a little too much fun and ended up minus one set of car keys. It's a longer story than that but basically, my keys ended up disappearing into the night, in the back of a cab, never to be seen or heard from again. I've since called a million cab companies but no one can locate this valuable item for me, so valuable in fact that I choked a bit when I called VW to get a quote for a new set.
Now, this "too much" of fun having is not a very common occurrence but it occurs enough for me to need to find a solution for my transport requirements. I've always been happy to use regular cabs but don't find them to be very reliable, for a number of reasons, one of which is safety. I've been driven around by some lovely guys but this car key incident had me a little concerned. I simply trusted the first taxi driver who offered me a ride home from Assembly on said fun night and didn't think to take cognisance of the name of his company or ask for his credentials or anything. I consider myself streetwise but that is just plain dumb.
In the week that followed I coincidentally came across a company called Uber. I can't recall who tweeted about it first but I noticed the name come up a few times on Twitter and then my friend Natalie mentioned it (fewer degrees of separation stuff) so I downloaded the iPhone App and the first opportunity that came my way (in this case a delicious dinner at El Burro in Greenpoint), I took advantage of the service.
People, can I tell you... It's flippin' awesome! The marginal price difference from a regular taxi fare is made up for (and then some) in all the little details this chauffeur service offers. From the ease of booking, all of which can be done at the touch of a phone, to the driver insisting on opening your door for you, to the joy of a cashless service. They also operate 24/7 so you can stick to Uber and only Uber. Quite frankly, it's a miracle, and I cannot recommend it enough.
Download this über slick App from your App store.
Set your location by pin and then watch as your driver approaches. After your trip you get a ride receipt.
Last but not least, use my promo code and get R90 off your first ride!