So a few weeks ago *cough* almost 9 *cough* my car decided it was brave and she took on a wet road, a corner and a tree. Needless to say my little half car was a bit smaller after the take down, and a little damaged – obviously the tree won that round. Fortunately, other than bump on the head, bad whiplash and now a neck injury-issue-thing, I came off pretty ok. Ladybug was sleeping out at Sanma and Grandad’s house, I honestly don’t want to think what would have happened to her if she was in the car with me.
My little half car found its way to a “panel beater” and I use the term panel beater very very loosely, 6 weeks later after screaming, shouting, court demands, I got my car back… only to drop it off at my mechanic to make it drivable, but that whole saga is for another blog post.
One thing that has honestly saved my life (besides an awesome friend at work that has helped us with lifts, and the Grandparentals for the occasionally car-jacking) has been the drivers at Uber. Without them I would have been completely stranded. My first interaction with Uber was at the Two Oceans in Cape Town. They collected me, dropped me off at the start, they bought Ladybug and her father to the stadium and they dropped us back at the BnB. It was bliss. We didn’t have to struggle for parking at all. We used them again the next day to get from our house to collect my car.
My brother used them to get around when he was in South Africa – the joys of working on a ship, you don’t really need to do your drivers! So naturally I turned to them when I got stuck.
I will admit there have been one or two questionable trips, but on the whole they have been fantastic. Some of the drivers have opened the door for me to get in which won them a 5* rating right there! Ladybug has loved them too, and she has learnt to sit still in their cars, often engaging with them and finding out who they are. Most times she has them in stitches with her antics and questions. I have met former Sheriff of the Courts, Health and Safety Officers, Tour Guides, Entrepreneurs, all with a different background, all with an interesting story, some drive their own cars, some are in partnerships and some drive for other people.
The one thing that I love about Uber, over and above other taxi companies, is that you can see exactly how far they are, you can watch your little car on the app and you can see when they pull into your street or are about to make their stop. This is awesome when you have a busy toddler like Ladybug who really interested in waiting outside 10 – 15 mins for a taxi that may or may not arrive on time – plus there is the huge safety aspect to it as well, we not two girl humans waiting outside alone for any length of time. The other upside to the app is you can see how much your fare is going to cost (excluding the time factor) – you can do a fare estimate and make your plans from there. We have been using UberX allot, but they do have Uber Black (shame I wont subject the drivers of Uber Black to Ladybug) and there is also Uber Van.
This month, Uber is celebrating their second birthday in South Africa, personally I cant believe its taken me this long to use them! If you haven’t used them already, give them a go. You can use them for that night out where you don’t want to risk being pulled over by the cops, or you can use them just to get around town like we have. All you need to do is download their app, enable your location and ta da you can Uber away (oh yes and enter in your Credit/Debit card details). And seeing as its their birthday, you can enter this promo code 1ztyb and you can get your first Uber ride to the value of R150 for free *echo* for freeeeee…. With love from me ❤
I would seriously be lost, or uber skinny and fit, if it wasn’t for Uber the past 9 weeks. So thank you to each and every one of the drivers at Uber who have literally been my knights in shiny cars and helped my stress free drive home!
*I have not been asked to do this review, sharing is caring and Uber have been truly amazing and such a life saver*