6 Myths About Ridesharing Busted

6 ridesharing myths, busted.

We get many questions from our growing member base. Some of the more common things we hear at RidePost are about ridesharing myths.  So we decided to share some easy to digest answers to a few questions, Mythbusters style:

1.) My parents have taught me that getting into the car with a stranger is bad.

Mom and dad are right on this. Picking up a random vagabond on the side of the road with a thumb out or agreeing to get into a windowless van with the ice cream man is not the best way to go. Don’t do that. Ever.

This is why we created RidePost. When booking your trip on RidePost, not only will you know who you are travelling with ahead of time, but you can send mom/dad/friend/family/Facebook friends a unique Trip Itinerary link, where they can see:

  • Who you are traveling with
  • What your itinerary is and driving path
  • When and where you will be meeting
  • Info on your driver and passengers
  • Pre Trip conversations between drivers and passengers

2.)  Isn’t ridesharing like hitch hiking?

No. Fortunately alot has changed since the days of anonymous hitchhiking of 1970’s. Back in the day there was no way to check the reputation and personal information about others ahead of time.

Then the internet happened.

Thanks to online media, an entire generation of people are growing up with real reputations online. Using RidePost, you will know more about the people you are traveling with than you would if you get into a bus, a plane or a train. With RidePost, every driver and passenger self selects into the trip – so if you don’t want to ride with another person you can choose not to. Every traveler on RidePost must have a profile that connects with their social media, so you will see ahead of time if you have mutual friends, so you know exactly who you are dealing with before you ever get into the car with another member. Plus – you will see real and verified reviews of other people’s prior trips. So just like on eBay or Amazon.com where you can see how a buyer or seller has performed in the past, you can make a decision about a person based on their reputation and what others have experienced with them.

3.) What about the craigslist crazies?

Our enemy is anonymity. We believe that you deserve to know as much as possible about the person you are transacting with, before agreeing to book or buy. For this reason, there is no place for anonymous transactions in a post Facebook world.

You should know ahead of time who you will be traveling with, and make a decision of whether or not that person seems interesting to you. Because the only thing more important than the destination when traveling, is the people you are traveling with.

4.) Ridesharing is for unemployed hippies only.

Not true. Today in Europe there are over 2 million people sharing rides every month. In the US we have more cars, and more miles being driven in single occupancy vehicles. As gas prices and costs of car ownership continue to rise, a record number of people are turning to alternative transportation to get to where they need to go.

These are not just unemployed hippies. They are educated young professionals and savy business people. In fact, one of our biggest feature requests has been for a way to signup via LinkedIn. This is coming from a growing number of professionals who may not have a Facebook account, but have a LinkedIn account and are looking to save some money. Hello Networking 101!

5.) I don’t want to be stiffed by my passengers who say they will pay me $30 for a ride, but when we get to our destination they amazingly “forgot” they don’t have any cash.

No worries my friend. Everyone of our trips are booked in advance (ideally >2 days in advance). When a passenger requests a ride with a driver, they already have verified their credit card. As soon as a driver accepts a ride request, the passenger’s credit card is charged. This way there is no awkward cash transaction or doubt about the person’s ability to pay.

6.) I have a job, so I don’t have time to ride with someone else.

Not true. If you need to travel on a business trip or are just looking for a way to be more efficient on the road, ridesharing may actually improve your travel productivity.

Think of it this way, instead of driving yourself or shuffling between airports, you can ride shotgun while another RidePoster drives. This way you can spend all of your travel time working, running your business from the road and being productive while leaving the driving to someone else. Not to mention you will save money on travel, up to 75% of business travel costs, by using RidePost. If you are smart enough to have that job of yours, you know any boss would be happy if you save her money.

We hope this helps answer some of your ridesharing questions. If it was helpful to you we ask that you please share it with your friends or network. Help spread the good word.

If you have more please email us anytime @ Hello@RidePost.com.

The RidePost Support Team

Cyber Hitchhiking: The RidePost Solution

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This summer there has been much attention on how the next generation, millennials, are shifting their transportation priorities. More people than ever are using ridesharing to get from point A to point B.

NPR has a great series on Youth Radio called The Changing Car Culture shedding light on how millennials get from point A to point B. The TODAY Show also had a spotlight on Cyber Hitchhiking and Teens.

Spoiler alert: Things are changing.

But how? Teens and younger people today are putting off car buying like never before, says a new study by the University of Michigan.

The reason is that the costs of owning a car continue to rise faster than incomes and are reaching a tipping point of practicality for many young people.

Think back, 10-15 years ago when a student went to college they had a car and a dining hall meal plan as their primary expenses. There was no cell phone bill, no wifi internet in their apartment and no NETFLIX subscription to watch. Fast forward to today when every student needs a cellphone, and wifi in the apartment is a must have. These new “required” expenses add up quickly to $150-$200 per month. However, students and their parents are not making an extra $200/month to cover these new costs. This forces other areas to be cut back. With the annual cost of car ownership topping $9,000 this is causing young adults and students to forego car ownership at record levels. Car manufactures are taking notice, as are universities and most importantly the people who are ditching car ownership like we have never seen before.

This is also why long distance bus carriers and Amtrak are experiencing record ridership numbers this year. However, buses and trains have limited point to point routes and are either too expensive or take too much time for many to rely on.

This is where long distance ridesharing with RidePost comes in. With RidePost you can go wherever there are roads and other people heading that way. However, unlike hitching of old, RidePost is a safe and social alternative to sticking a thumb out and riding with a stranger. With RidePost – you know more about the people you are traveling with than if you were to get on a plane, train or bus!
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So check it out today, and if you have any questions on how to get started – shoot us an email to Hello@RidePost.com.

Safe Travels!

RoadTrip Stories: Josh Wu’s Roadtrip Across America and One Special Stop

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Everyone has a travel story. One of the benefits of the times we live is the freedom of mobility. At RidePost we love hearing travel stories. When Josh Wu told us about his cross country trip, we could not wait for him to share some of his stories. He, like so many, is in the midst of an epic road trip. Here is his perspective on the time he is spending.

Take it away Josh….

The great American journey from east to west coast has been a dream of many ever since the days of the Oregon trail. With the age of the automobile and Route 66, the cross country road trip became a rite of passage for writers, musicians, and dreamers alike. I’ve always wanted to take such a trip and finally decided to do it this year with my girlfriend before she moves abroad.

In the past, you had to have your own car or had to hitch hike and hope for a kind stranger to give you a lift part of the way. Nowadays, with technology at your fingertips and using RidePost and other websites, you can take such a trip without a car and meet fellow like minded travelers along the way. I have also traveled around Europe for months using ride sharing websites with great success, and made friends along the way, so I figured it was time to return the karma and give rides to fellow travelers.

By listing not just my itinerary, but also my interests and passion, people using the sites are usually excited to meet me and hear about my adventures. So the trip becomes more about the journey rather than the destination.

With that in mind, one highlight I’d like to write about is the town of Marfa, Texas. After leaving from California and driving through Arizona, New Mexico, and passing El Paso, Marfa is another 130 miles or so. Basically, Marfa is a West Texas town of 2,000 in the middle of nowhere. So what is the attraction and why has the New York Times and Vanity Fair written multiple articles about this place? Well, Marfa has become an artist village and a living monument to the possibility of “permanent exhibits” created specifically for the landscape. It all started with sculptor Donald Judd moving to Marfa with a vision of creating art pieces that would never be removed. From there, his vision grew into a reality as more artists and galleries became attracted to Marfa and its ideals. in fact on my tour there were people from as far away as France that made a pilgrimage. You almost have to see it to believe it.

Are you ready to check out Marfa, Texas? Check out what is waiting for you there on Roadtrippers, then save money and book your ride on RidePost.

Cheers!

Clemson University Joins The RidePost Family

Clemson University has partnered with RidePost to bring the Tigers their own private ridesharing network: Clemson.RidePost.com! Exclusive to students, faculty, and staff, Clemson now has a closed ridesharing and carpooling network of their own that meets the specific needs of the University and that requires a verified Clemson email address to join.

RidePost Clemson

RidePost Clemson

We recently created private networks to help Universities and Organizations more accurately measure ridesharing and carpooling activity specific to their community. Because the network is exclusive to University and Organization members, we can translate that activity to miles, emissions, and cars on the road saved each day / week / month / year / etc…

We’re working directly with Clemson’s Parking & Transportation Services to not only bring down the costs of transportation, but to lower congestion and reduce the number of cars on campus. You can learn more on Clemson’s website, here.

Clemson Parking & Transportation Services' Ride-Share Program

Clemson Parking & Transportation Services’ Ride-Share Program

If you’re affiliated with Clemson University, be sure to check out RidePost Clemson and start posting your trips, asap!

Questions about our private networks? Shoot us an email at hello@ridepost.com!

RidePost Partners with Firefly Music Festival

Happy Monday, everyone! We have some oh-so-exciting news to share with you: we are now the official ridesharing partner for Firefly Music Festival this summer! Here’s our super awesome section on the Firefly site:

RidePost to Firefly

RidePost to Firefly

Firefly is produced by the folks at Red Frog Events, who – through the efforts of their Green Team – brought us on to provide Firefly-goers a more sustainable and affordable transportation option.

So if you’re headed to Firefly up in Dover this June, be sure to book your trips with us. Why? Well, it’s a more sustainable way to travel and you’ll make new friends, of course! But perhaps ever better: we’re putting together some Firefly Survival Kits to help you make the most of your weekend with RidePost. Book your trips with us, and you’ll be entered for the chance at prizes, swag, and on-site competitions at the RidePost tent, live in Dover.

Visit the newest section of our site, RidePost Events – to find your travel companions for Firefly! Happy RidePosting :)

Book your trips to and from Firefly with RidePost! Visit www.RidePost.com/events/2

Book your trips to and from Firefly with RidePost! Visit http://www.RidePost.com/events/2