Every once in a while, new technology is developed that takes the world by storm. Since coming on the scene in 2009, American-based transportation network company, Uber, has gotten its fair share of media attention. As with most ideas that break the mould, Uber's taxi network saw some controversy and skepticism, prompting questions like "is it safe?" and "is it legal?". To answer some of those questions, it's important to understand how Uber works.
At its basic, Uber is simply a taxi service. Created with the aim of connecting regular people with easy, convenient rides using Uber-approved private drivers. As an alternative to the traditional taxi service, Uber utilizes technology in a way that makes finding a ride and getting to your destination a totally seamless, hassle-free experience. No more running down the block trying to hail your ride; no more crossing your fingers in hope that your driver takes the most direct route, and no more rifling in your purse for cash when your cab arrives at its destination!
Here are the general steps to using the Uber taxi service:
Despite a relatively slow start battling UK courts over rights to operate, Uber UK is now up and running in several cities. The service is well established in London, Manchester, Leeds, Wakefield, and Birmingham, and more cities are added as the Uber car service continues to gain momentum. Be sure to check the Uber.com site for an updated list of current cities.
Need a lift to or from a major UK airport? Uber offers a convenient flat-rate airport service from Heathrow and Gatwick that takes the guesswork out of calculating your fare. Check the current rates at Uber.com by selecting your city.
One of the benefits to riding with Uber is, of course, the lower cost. When choosing uberX (the lower end Uber car hire), the savings are typically about 25% when compared to traditional taxi services. Couple that with the convenience of the Uber app and the no-cash payment system and you've got yourself a lot of reasons to go with Uber.
Spot an Uber discount code you'd like to apply to your account? Using your voucher toward an Uber ride is easy. Here's how:
Note: If this is not your first time using Uber and you have an existing account, simply log in to your app and head to the "Promotions" section. Type your code into the "Enter Promo Code" field and click "Apply".
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You can also contact Uber via their Facebook page by posting on their public wall or sending a private message.
Alternatively, contact Uber on Twitter by tweeting @UberUKsupport.