For most people, riding with Uber is all about getting from Point A to Point B. But the transportation experience can offer much more than that. When you select uberPOOL at the bottom of your app screen, you can share your ride with others who are heading the same direction—and get so much more than just a quick, smooth ride to your destination.
If you’re thinking about using uberPOOL, or if you’ve never even considered it, here are five reasons to give it a try:
Riding with uberPOOL is up to 50% cheaper than riding with uberX. That’s because when you request uberPOOL, you share the cost with other riders going the same way—but there are never more than four riders at a time, and no more than two per pickup location. And there are no surprise fees. When you set your pickup location and destination in the app, you’ll be given a guaranteed fare. Be sure to keep in mind that saving money on your fare comes with a tradeoff, since uberPOOL works best when you can be flexible with your arrival time.
Make New Friends
If your childhood ever included carpooling—to school or baseball practice or a birthday party—you know that the best part of sharing a ride is the friend who shares it with you. Every time you take an uberPOOL, you have the opportunity to make a new friend or acquaintance, and you never know whom you might might. Make conversation, swap business cards, and connect on social media. And uberPOOL always allows up to two riders per pickup, so feel free to bring another friend along for the ride too.
Help the Environment
As useful and necessary as cars can be, they do contribute to air pollution. So if you can get where you’re going and help reduce the number of cars on the road, you’re doing your part to help the environment. You’re likely not the only person going in the direction you need to go, so by sharing your ride with someone else headed the same way, you can cut down on the number of vehicle engines releasing carbon dioxide into the air.
Reduce Traffic Congestion
When there are more cars on the road, every vehicle must travel slower and trips can take much longer. Who hasn’t spent their share of hand-wringing moments (or hours) sitting in long lines of traffic, with no end in sight? Increased traffic also greatly increases the chance of accidents. When you use uberPOOL, you’re helping to reduce the number of cars on the road— which makes the roads safer and ultimately helps everyone on the road get to their destinations quicker.
Join the Sharing Economy
The sharing economy is a new way of doing things, where people use their own assets and resources to provide services to others who only need them for a short time. Your driver is sharing his or her car with you, so couldn’t you share your ride with someone else? Requesting uberPOOL is just one small way you can join the sharing economy and experience all its benefits, such as conserving resources, working together, and connecting with new people.