The days of calling, texting, emailing, even hailing a cab are long gone as the Uber app stretches its wings, swoops in and changes the way you get from place to place.
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There’s this guy in Los Angeles. His name is Scott MacFarland, but we like to call him Wheels. Why Wheels, you ask? Well, he’s an absolute expert at navigating the geography of that very large and complex city. And thankfully for this review, Wheels is also a man about town. He knows when, where and most importantly how to arrive at any location in LA.
Wheels introduced us to the Uber app, an app that delivers a legit private driver. “It’s an absolute, no questions asked, 1000 percent must,” he said. After our time in New York City with Uber (it caters especially to major metropolitan areas), we agreed it’s a must for (some) people too.
First you’ll have to allow Uber to use your location. That little piece of information is obviously key in this situation. Secondly, sign up for an Uber account by entering your phone number, email address, physical address and credit card information. A great thing about Uber: You will never need to use cash to get from place to place again. The fare and the tip is calculated and added to your credit card.
Next, set your location on the Uber map (just drop a pin and you’re done). Then text your address to UBR-CAB (827-222). The Uber app will send you back a text to confirm your pickup and give you an ETA. The longest we ever had to wait was nine minutes.
You can check the status of your ride on the app as frequently as you like, and you’ll be able to quickly identify which car is yours. When the car is arriving, Uber will text you again, informing you that your ride is outside or pulling up. And you’re on your way in style.
One of the other great things about Uber is the actual car selection. Gone are the days of obnoxious yellow and black, blue or purple cars pulling up to whip you around town—buggy style like a dirty sardine. Uber’s cars are Town Cars, Range Rovers and Cadillacs. They’re beautiful, luxurious, air-conditioned rides with clean interiors and pleasant drivers. Given the option between riding in a dirty, smelly old taxi or a clean, climate-controlled, plush 2012 Town Car, the choice is obvious.
Uber works day and night, 24/7 to get you where you need to go. Use it and see: People will start calling you the Wheels of your town.
Reviewed: Sep 20, 2012 | P.K. Lassiter