Written by Salina Jivani
At one point, grabbing a cab or a ride with a random stranger in the middle of the night used to be the making of horror stories. However, today with advents the likes of Uber, all it takes is a split decision and a few clicks and the next thing you know, you’re flying down 85, windows rolled down, jamming to your favorite music with a complete stranger driving you. And you have not a worry in the world about being abducted or dumped on the side of the road in your most expensive heels.
However, while you’re off enjoying the freedom and convenience Uber offers, we bet you didn’t know these three slick tricks about your favorite app.
Split your fare with friends
In this age of electronics, Venmo and plastic, cash is so passé. But the very convenience of technology comes with its own set of drawbacks, such as having to endure the embarrassment of reminding your pal they owe you a few measly bucks for that ride to the hotel you hitched together at his Bachelor party. Enter Uber’s “split my fare” feature! With this function, you can easily and conveniently split the cost of your ride without any embarrassing reminders or the nuance of having to keep track of exactly how much you spent on which fare with which friend. Simply go to your trip information (near the driver’s info) click on the amount that’s due, and press “split fare.” You’ll have to choose the person you want to split with from your contacts. Note, however, that you can only split the fare while a trip is still in progress—you won’t be able to split after it’s over.
Keep track of your ride costs for business trips
Typically, companies require you to maintain receipts and records to validate your spending during a business trip so they can reimburse you. Uber makes this super easy to do by allowing you to create separate ride profiles for business and personal trips. When creating your business profile, simply use your work email and pick how frequently you want Uber to send you travel reports. Then click the house shaped button in the top right of the screen to quickly switch from one profile to the other.
Schedule a pickup in advance
Sometimes, waiting for a ride can be time consuming, say when you’re at the airport and have to be at an important meeting within minutes after you land. Other times, waiting can be outright dangerous, like at nighttime in large cities that have a frighteningly high crime rate. In either case, scheduling an Uber pickup in advance could save you time and prevent risk. To do this, just click on the calendar button to the right of the “Where to?”. Rides can be scheduled up to 30 days out, so schedule away!
While these are three really cool features of Uber, they’re not nearly close to everything this amazing app can boast about. Play around or visit Uber’s official site for more cool tips and ways to maximize your experience.