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

Riding Safe with RidePost

We frequently get asked, “how do I know the person I’m riding with is safe?

We’ve made it our mission from Day 1 to give you the tools you need to make the decision. Because ultimately, one person’s version of “safe” might differ from another’s. The key is to make sure you reach your personal level of comfort: it’s all about what feels right for you.

The biggest way we’ve found people to reach their level of safe is to know as much about a person as they can, before the trip even starts. To this end, here are some things to check out on a fellow traveler’s profile before committing to travel together:

1. Facebook Profile. Every member on RidePost is required to log-in with Facebook…meaning you will (at the very least) be able to see that individual’s name and picture, along with their interests, friends, and networks. This is your first “sniff” test: does this person check out on the surface? If they’ve got an active Facebook page, with active friends, this says a lot about the person right off the bat. Use this as your first test.

2. Music, Interests & Education. These are just a few other ways to determine if this member is someone you might have something in common with, and sheds a bit more light on who this person is and what they are in to. Plus, members have the chance to upload pictures of themselves doing what they love to do – check these out and get more of a feel for the person.

3. Social Verifications. In addition to Facebook, members are able to verify other online accounts. These added verifications allow you to see an individual’s overall online activity – which sites they are a member of, how active they are, and if you have mutual connections/interests on any of these other sites. The more social verifications a person has, the more information you have to make an informed decision on whether this is someone you want to ride with or not.

4. Physical Verifications. Members are able to verify additional email addresses, their phone number, and their physical home address. While we never publish this information to the community, you are able to see that it is on file – providing added layers of transparency.

5. TrustScore. RidePost members have the option of displaying their TrustCloud TrustScore on their profile. The TrustScore is similar to a credit score – but instead, measures a person’s online behavior based on their presence across the internet. The higher the score, the more trustworthy the person.

6. Reviews. All RidePost members are required to review one another at the end of every trip. This allows you to see what other members of the community have to say about an individual, and helps inform how that individual will perform in future trips. Use the reviews to your advantage – trust what people have to say about someone, and evaluate how your peers affect your decision to ride with someone.

7. Groups. Last but certainly not least, check out which RidePost Groups a person is a member of. The more verifications a person can claim, the more insight you have on that individual.

My Profile Page

My Profile Page

I hope these tips help you to determine who you feel comfortable riding with. The profile page is geared to provide all the information needed for you to make the right call. Keep in mind that if anything ever comes up, we’re here for you 24/7 via chat on the site, email (hello@ridepost.com), or phone (864.381.7433).

Do you have any additional steps you take to determine if someone is safe to ride with? If so, let us know in the comments below! 

5 Ways To Be a Great RidePost Driver

When you host guests in your home, odds are you treat them courteously and don’t give them any cause to think you’re a bad host. You probably go out of your way to make them feel right at home, providing clean sheets and maybe even baking them cookies. Driving somebody else (especially via RidePost) is similar to hosting someone in your home, as your passenger should feel safe, welcome, and comfortable at all times. Here are five things to remember when driving somebody else to make sure you are as good a RidePost driver as you can be:

1. Drive Safely

As a RidePost driver, you should ensure your passenger feels safe with your driving. Some people have a need for speed–I get it. But when you are responsible for the safety of another person, you should respect that your passenger might not like a fast and furious ride.

2. Pay Attention

Remember the scene from Dumb and Dumber where Lloyd is driving a woman to the airport and is not keeping his eyes on the road?

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Yeah, don’t do that.

3. Be Clean

You don’t leave crumbs, trash and cups laying around your home when guests are coming over, so just be respectful and take a few minutes to clean your car up.

4. Cage the Road Rage

When you have guests in your home, if your next door neighbor’s dog gets loose and runs over to your house to hang out, you probably don’t yell and belittle your neighbor for his lack of good neighbor skills, embarrassing yourself as well as your guests. Instead, you understand that nobody is perfect and things happen. This mindset should be applied to other drivers on the road: nobody is perfect, and people make mistakes, so you should temper your storm in your teacup and not look and act like a madman.

5. Be Cool

This last point pretty much covers anything else–just be cool. Cool people are respectful of others, so if you can manage to be cool with everyone you drive, you will have a fantastic experience.

*Bonus Tip!*

Bake cookies, bring coffee, or ask if they want to bring their own music to listen to. Go above and beyond so that you and your passenger have a fun, safe trip while also to ensuring you get a good review ;).

Remember: driving another person is just like hosting somebody in your home, so treat them like your guests!

Rules To RidePost By

Reputation matters on RidePost, so we thought we’d provide some guiding principles for our members to ride by.

RidePosters hitting the road to Washington, DC for the weekend

Be Yourself.
Your profile is your first impression on the RidePost community. The more information you include about yourself, the more likely you are to find someone with shared interests. Which details you share about yourself are entirely up to you. Just make sure it jives with your personal comfort level, and keep it honest!

Ride Smart.
Get to know your driver and passengers. Visit their profile pages and read their ratings and reviews. If you’ve got any questions prior to the trip – ask them! Use the trip page comments section as your hub to make sure everyone is on the same page about the meeting place, departure time, destination, and stops along the way. If you’ve got any questions, let us know at hello@ridepost.com.

As a Driver, try to be as accommodating as possible. You are responsible for establishing a meeting place, and being clear on when you want to depart. You can also specify if you want to listen to a certain type of music, make a certain pitstop, or none of the above. All of this can be included on the trip page for passengers to review. As a Rider, make sure you are on time to the meeting place so the trip can start when it’s supposed to! Also, you can make suggestions for fellow trip members on the trip page comments section, too.

Stay Flexible.
We understand things come up. If you have to cancel a trip…do it sooner, rather than later. Try to give as much of a heads up as possible, so your fellow RidePosters can find another ride (or find another passenger).

Our refund policy is simple. If you cancel more than 24 hours before your trip, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your trip as a passenger, it is up to the driver to decide if you will receive a refund. If you are a driver who cancels, this will reflect negatively on your community rating (and you’ll probably have a tough time recruiting passengers for your next trip). If you have a special case for canceling your trip, shoot us a message at hello@ridepost.com.

Hugs,
The RidePost Team