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Uber with kids: what you need to know about riding with children

August 1, 2019 / Kenya
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Many families use the Uber app in their daily lives, whether it’s ferrying the kids around to after-school activities or helping an elderly parent come and meet you for dinner. We’re glad that families are using our service to make their daily lives a little less frantic. 

However, there are a few things to consider when it comes to using Uber for children. Here’s what you need to know about catching an Uber ride with your kids in Kenya.

family in the street getting together into a ride

Ground rules

When it comes to requesting rides, our guidelines state that the Uber age limit is 18, meaning children are not allowed to have Uber accounts. If you’re using your account or the Uber family profile for your children to request a ride, they must still be accompanied by an adult to be allowed to ride. As such, drivers may also ask for ID verification to check a rider’s age if they think it is necessary.

Uber car seats

If you are planning on riding with small children, then you should bring a child seat or some form of secure seating for them.

Whilst there aren’t specific laws on securing children in vehicles, a driver may refuse a ride if they feel your child isn’t safely secured. Car seats in Uber vehicles aren’t common, so it’s always safest to assume you will need to bring one.

If you’re not sure what kind of car seat you need for your child, you can find out more about the different types of seats for children of different ages and how to install them here.

small girl and her parents inside their ride

Tips for using Uber for children

Are the kids secured properly? Here are some tips to make the most of taking Uber rides with kids:

Keep everyone connected

The Uber app has a variety of safety features to give you and your family peace of mind when using Uber, with kids or otherwise. One feature you can use is sharing your trip status to let your partner or anyone else know exactly where you and your child are when you’re riding with us. Tap “Send Status” during a ride to share or pre-select up to 5 Trusted Contacts to receive your trip status whenever you ride.

The Uber family profile

Make travel easier for you, your partner, your kids, grandparents and anyone else with the Uber family profile. The family profile allows you to connect up to 5 people to your Uber account, meaning they can request rides using your payment methods, with records being kept on your account. It’s a great way to manage transport for the whole family and take care of the ‘who’s driving who’ conversations.

family belted up in their ride

So, when are you riding with the kids? Follow our rules and tips for using Uber with kids, and you can make transport that much easier for you and the whole family.

Family time is precious, make it count with Uber.