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Uber Lyft Ridesharing Front or Back?
Ok so I know I have been asking a lot of questions of you lately, but I am a curious guy. Yesterday I landed in Detroit and decided to take a Lyft car from the airport to my hotel. I had a partial credit and the rental car option just didn’t make much sense.
Whenever possible I like to take public transportation but that isn’t always a good option. When all else fails and I need a ride, I think ridesharing is better and cheaper than taking a taxi. In a taxi when riding alone I think it is definitely traditional to sit in the back, but what about when ridesharing?
Ridesharing is Different?!?
I think when the concept of ridesharing was conceived and launched things were a bit different. I do kind of see Uber as more of an upscale traditional company and to be honest I think front or back doesn’t make much of a difference there. Lyft on the other hand with their hipster vibe, has always seemed like a front seat type of company to me.
In fact, Lyft was a front seat company. In 2014 in order to better compete with Uber, the company released a small guide telling riders it is ok not to fist bump your driver and it isn’t rude to ride in the back. The fact that they had to publish this proves that some sort of a divide exists between front seat and back seat riders.
fast forward to rewind to yesterday. My driver picked me up and I noticed he had the passenger seat all the way back. I got into the back rear side and he pulled the passenger seat up. Not a big deal, but I wonder what he thought about it. I wonder how many people sit in the front when riding alone versus the back?
For me, riding in the front of a car with a complete stranger is ackward. I know that isn’t the case for many/most of you, but that is how it is for me. On the other hand, I don’t want my driver to think I am a jerk simply because I don’t want to sit next to him. BUT I DON’T WANT TO SIT NEXT TO HIM. It isn’t personal.
Since ridesharing is becoming so popular, I know many of you have probably gone through the same exact thought process. Is it rude to ride in the back? Is it ever acceptable to ride directly behind the driver by yourself? (I don’t think so.) Should you ride in the front? Yes I know someone will inevitably come into the comments and tell me how stupid this is, but a simple Google search reveals this is actually a topic a lot of people wonder about.
The End of My Ride
So my ride yesterday ended well. The driver did eventually engage me in conversation and we had the inevitable Vegas is hot conversation. Then the Uber vs. Lyft conversation. Then I told him about my Columbia Uber experience and my lone illegal Uber Vegas ride. In other words we talked shop, which is something I have discovered these guys love to do whether I am in the front seat or the back.
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