First of all my experience with Lyft has always been amazing. The drivers have been a mix of both male and female, and they were consistently pleasant and helpful when I had questions. The cars that Lyft drivers use are always near to, if not brand new vehicles. And, those cars were almost always eco-friendly with drivers usually pulling up in a Prius or other hybrid.
Next, they have a fantastic double-benefit affiliate program to help both the person who has taken a Lyft and for a first time user that gets referred to the ridesharing service. It’s nice because the person I refer gets $20 towards their first ride AND when they take that first Lyft, I get a $20 credit towards another ride myself. I really like the mutually beneficial concept where it’s a win-win for everyone.
Here is my link: https://lyft.com/i/HARVARINO380588
The last and main reason why I’m a fan of Lyft and will not use Uber is because of the culture that Uber has built within its company. General business and life bad practices stem from the top and we all know “it” rolls downhill.
Here a just a few examples of the things that Uber has done to ensure I won’t use their ridesharing service again.
- Fare hikes that, in my opinion, were gouging and advantage taking. Exorbitant peak time fare hikes on New Year’s Eve and then again when Hurricane Sandy blew through New York City. Both of these were back in 2012, but certainly set a precedent going forward.
- The company’s EVP makes snide suggestions for discrediting journalists. He said it would be a good idea to put funds toward a smear campaign that would dig up dirt on any reporter that might say negative things about the company. AND, the company’s CEO said that the remarks were “terrible” and no reprimand was made towards the offending EVP…like firing him. Check out the link for more details: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/11/18/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick-calls-execs-comments-terrible-but-wont-fire-him/
- There are several incidents where Uber drivers injured or severely infringed on riders rights. One of the worst cases being an LA woman getting a ride late night and then the driver took her to a secluded parking lot, not in the direction of her destination, and attempted to accost her. Only after she screamed and made a scene did the driver take her to the original destination. The company’s response was to issue a statement apologizing for the “inefficient route” and gave the woman a partial fare refund.
And, if those three examples aren’t enough, check out a long list of more offences by the company. http://techcrunch.com/gallery/ubers-worst-screw-ups/
So there you have it. Use Lyft if you are in need of a ride to get yourself somewhere. DUI’s and hurting other people & property shouldn’t ever be an option. Be safe and get a little bit of help towards that first ride to somewhere with my Lyft code. Be safe out there!