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Do you let your teens use Uber?

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sa11ymae6y
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 Posted 1 year, 4 months ago

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My 16 yr old son needs to get to and from basketball practice, I know Uber doesn't all under 18s to ride alone but I feel secure with my 16 year old ordering a car. Has anyone done this?

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    momof4
    7105 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    I get why parents do it. I would let my 16 to 18 yr old male children use it in an emergency assuming driver would take them. However it would have to be an emergency & not daily basis and hopefully he would have a friend with him.  However I wouldnt be comfortable allowing my daughter at that age to use it. Especially at night or by herself. There are too many stories out there about ride share drivers. My daughter is 21 now she uses it on weekends but always with her friends. I have young female riders tell me they have been drunk and pass out in Uber when by themselves. Big mistake. Wish these young adults would think before they do stupid things like this. You just never know. 

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    rainy114
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     2 months ago  (edited 2 months ago)

    Oops, didn’t know teens/kids were not allowed to ride Uber.  My girls have missed the bus.  We arranged an Uber to pick them up and drop each off at their schools.  The girls are 14 and 10.  I felt like it was way safer than the idea of calling a taxi (no name, car details, gps tracking).  Now, I am worried that a driver could refuse them. They haven’t missed the bus in months, so perhaps they are motivated by the hassle of rideshare versus joining their friends. 

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      NoisyNora
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       2 months ago

      14 would be above the threshold that I feel comfortable.  Just being honest.

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      BehindTheName
      100 Rider
       2 months ago

      Those who criticize are those who don’t have kids. They have no idea. 

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    BrendonAE
    33
     4 months ago

    yes, 18 and 19-year olds.

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    FlutterShy
    310 Rider
     1 year ago

    Are you joking?  Every teenager I know uses Uber.  and it's parents' endorsed.  For one, it's crazy convenient and it's cheap. For two, teenagers use taxis and parents trusted taxis for years.  They just shfited over to Uber.

    Safety?  Yeah, their rides are tracked by GPS and all the cc transactions are in place.  Way safer than taxis which they already took. Plus, these aren't toddlers here.  

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      g2jtx7
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       4 months ago

      Lmao I'm an Uber & Lyft driver I'll accept everyone of your rides and when your kid can't provide id show they're 18 I'll get the cancellation fee every time.

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        JPoland
        168 Driver Driver
         4 months ago

        Do you really have ask for ID? Good for you. Super uncomfortable. 

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        g2jtx7
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         4 months ago

        Lmao  Uber & Lyft policy riders under 18 must be accompanied by someone over 18 I'm an Uber & Lyft driver I'll accept everyone of your rides and when your kid can't provide id show they're 18 I'll get the cancellation fee every time.

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    bett
    22 Rider
     1 year ago

    My kids are younger, but I don't think I would. Too risky.

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    odjel
    38 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    my 17 year old daughter has used it before. I will track her ride in the app.

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      bellylaugh
      37 Rider
       1 year ago

      yep my kids use lyft all the time

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      g2jtx7
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       4 months ago

      Lmao  Uber & Lyft policy riders under 18 must be accompanied by someone over 18 I'm an Uber & Lyft driver I'll accept everyone of your rides and when your kid can't provide id show they're 18 I'll get the cancellation fee every time.

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        nikkihall1979
         3 months ago

        Is this literally the only reply u know it’s seriously not necessary to continue to repeat yourself after every comment we can read and pretty sure every one understood the first 2 times u said it seriously u prolly need to drive the kids just to get a damn life and stop posting the same comment every two seconds 

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    dracomalfoy
    178 Driver
     1 year ago

    As a driver, if I knew the kid was under 18 I wouldn't take them. Not worth the drama that could ensue.

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      misssarahg
      82 Rider
       1 year ago

      That is because you are a slytherin.

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    SmittenKitten
    1827 Rider
     1 year ago

    Totally.  safer than a taxi.   and she can use your credit card on file.  no cash transaction.  Rideshares are actually ideal for kids' transportation.  Just too much liability involved for the companies to make it worth it.

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      g2jtx7
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       4 months ago

      Lmao  Uber & Lyft policy riders under 18 must be accompanied by someone over 18 I'm an Uber & Lyft driver I'll accept everyone of your rides and when your kid can't provide id show they're 18 I'll get the cancellation fee every time.

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    SpikeSparkle
    154 Rider
     1 year ago

    Sounds reasonable.  If you also have the Uber app, and you guys are both logged in with the same account, you can track her location as she takes the ride.  It's a good way to keep an eye on her and her safety.  There are some car services for kids, but they are few and far between.

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      BobEveleth
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       9 months ago

      Digressing - Life 360 is a great app for tracking kids (all the time, not just while using UBER). It also gives a driving report. Kids check in - you know where they are, and you can get directions to them in case of an emergency.

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        JimHemlock
        132 Rider
         4 months ago

        There are million reasons for Uber to service underage kids, but no "uber for kids" businesses have succeeded so far. I wonder what the issue is. Liability? Insurance?

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          JacquiGordon
          14
           4 months ago

          Hi Jim I just started a Rideshare company for kids. You can get competitive insurance, but I think the problem is money. A lot of these child rideshare companies took on huge amounts of debt. (Like Uber who still hasn’t made a profit). Also parents don’t want to pay a huge up charge for rides. Kids are expensive enough right?  I plan to keep expenses low by operating out of my home.  The best asset are the drivers. - companies don’t get that.  So  our plan is to take as little as possible to maintain costs but we’ll stay virtual to avoid a huge overhead.   This means drivers can earn a real wage.   If you keep the drivers happy with bigger earning power AND not spend a ton of money  in office space and administration costs then I think we can pull it off.   I’m appalled at how little some drivers make. 

          Jacqui Gordon Newport Beach  CA

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            BWaltersDad
            51
             4 months ago

            There has to be a business model there with a good revenue upside. A bunch of the parenting circles talk about it in my town (upper-middle school suburbs) and we all whine about how many hours we spend either driving the kids or sitting there during lessons.  AND how much we would pay to regain these hours back. As you may know, being in the 40s, the time is of the most precious, and we all talk about how we'd pay good money for it. 

            Some guys were talking about how we spend 3~4 hours a day on a car. My buddy Tyler says sometimes, it's up to 7 hours on the road. (some of it sitting outside the lessons). That's nuts!

            I do understand we would have to pay more than an UberX. How much does your company charge?

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              nikkihall1979
               3 months ago

              Agreed I have to go to 3 different schools for drop off and then get in line for pick up like an hr at least before the little one gets out and by the time I get done with all three lines and get home it takes me around 4 hrs just to pick them up!