It used to be that when you didn't have access to your own vehicle, you either took public transportation, walked, or took a taxi cab. However, there is now another option called rideshare. This is when someone drives you in their own vehicle for a nominal fee. Here are some ways to decide between rideshare or taking a taxi to where you need to go.
Taxis Offer More Payment Options
When you ride a taxi, you are often given the option between paying them with cash, debit card, or using an app and paying with that method. However, rideshare vehicles typically only accept debit or credit card payments through the app. This can be inconvenient when you need a quick ride and can't download the app or you simply prefer paying with cash. In this case, getting a taxi is often a better option.
Rideshare Lets You Split the Costs
While you can still ride a taxi with others and split the fare, this is usually only an option if you are all going to the same destination. With rideshare, it is unique in that you can often ride just part of the way and share the fare during your individual trip. For example, if you are headed to the airport, you get picked up from your home. If someone else is also traveling on that route to the airport, but are picked up a mile after you were picked up, they only pay a portion of the shared fare from that point. You still get the benefit of sharing the fare with the second person after they are picked up at the second point along the way.
Taxis Can Be Hailed in Big Cities
Another thing you won't get when you take a rideshare car is the ability to just hail it whenever you want. These work with smartphone apps where you alert other drivers that you are in need of a ride, then you wait for someone to pick you up. If you live or work in a big city and you need to grab a ride as quickly as possible, taking a taxi is sometimes more convenient. You will be able to stand on the street and hopefully an available taxi will drive by quickly.
As far as rates go, it depends largely on where you live. If you are somewhere that has a high demand for rideshare drivers, you might end up paying more. However, you don't pay as much when there are a lot of drivers in one area since the demand is lower. For more information about rates, contact a company like United Taxis.