So what’s the difference between Uber and Lyft? That’s a very good question and today we will take a look at some key differences (or similarities) between the two ride-sharing companies.
Both companies charge around $1.00 to start a ride, and then charge $1.50 per mile, and then .25 cents per minute. Another factor to consider when specifically thinking about pricing is surge pricing. Surge pricing are peak times and locations where there might be a very high demand for transportation. Uber tends to increase their price about seven to eight times what the original price would have been, while Lyft has been known to increase their prices at least 200 percent. If you plan on using Lyft or Uber during a busy night then it might be best to avoid Uber and their high surge pricing.
As far as safety is concerned, the competition between Lyft and Uber is basically the same more or less. Both companies require their drivers to have a current driver’s license, and up-to-date insurance. All drivers have to go through thorough background checks, DMV checks, and criminal checks, which ensures you don’t end up with a sketchy driver.
Uber’s brand value is built on professional, slightly detached customer service. When most Uber riders use Uber, they prefer to sit in the back and typically avoid conversation. This type of culture attracts the business types who require silence when working on important emails. This environment contrasts with Lyft and their culture that thrives on a warm, engaging customer service. Drivers usually greet you with a friendly greeting and keep you engaged with good conversation or music. Most Lyft riders are even encouraged to take the front-seat