Recently I took a second job as a Lyft Driver. If you’re not familiar with the service, it’s basically a peer to peer ridesharing network that allows you to carry passengers around just like a taxi. Only with much better customer service, technology and flexibility. Before Lyft came around, I didn’t even take taxis because it was such a hassle to figure out which number to dial, wait forever for them to show up and have to deal with grumpy cab drivers for the duration of the ride. Oh and to top it off, for some mysterious reason they were too cheap to accept credit cards even though every single industry on the planet does.
I started using Lyft as a passenger because I thought it was a cool business idea and it was just plain convenient. I’ve had a couple friends get DUI’s and the grand total came in at over $10,000. It’s kind of sad to admit it, but that more than anything motivated me to never even come close to drinking and driving again. I could take 500 $20 taxi rides and still come out ahead, not to mention the fact that you would lose your license and you could possibly seriously harm someone else or yourself. [Read more…]