OSWEGO – January marks six months of Uber in Oswego County.
Since launching in Oswego County on June 29, 2017, Uber has helped thousands of residents and visitors get around; facilitating access to public transportation, helping people make responsible choices if their plans involve alcohol, and offering flexible economic opportunities to drivers, said Danielle Filson, Uber spokesperson.
“In six short months, Uber has helped New Yorkers earn money on their own schedules, move around their communities with ease, and for those who choose to drink, get home safely,” Filson told Oswego County Today. “It has been an exciting ride and we look forward to the years to come.”
The top drop-off destinations in Oswego are:
1. SUNY Oswego
2. Wal-Mart Supercenter
3. Alley Cat (Oswego)
So far, the longest trip is 125 miles from SUNY Oswego to Potsdam, Filson said.
The busiest times of week in the area are Friday and Saturday late evenings, she added.
To use Uber as a rider, download the app for iOS or Android and then, create an account using your email address and phone number, and by adding your payment information.
When you’re ready to go, open the app and enter your destination in the “where to” bar. You can do so by searching for the name of a place or entering an address.
Once you choose the ride, just tap ‘Request.’ You may also need to confirm your pickup location.
“The Uber app also learns from your routines. So, if you’re a frequent rider, you’ll see ‘shortcuts’ at the bottom of the home screen that predict where you could be headed,” Filson said. “So it’s just one tap to set your destination.”
Once a driver is on the way, riders will see the driver’s picture and name as well as a picture of the vehicle, the make, model and license plate number.
“You can also watch the driver travel to your location on the app’s map. That way, you know you’re getting in the right car with the right driver,” Filson said. “If you need to get in touch, you can call or text your driver through the Uber app.”
When you arrive at your destination, just hop out, Uber will automatically charge the payment method on file.
After every trip, you can rate your experience and provide anonymous feedback about your driver.
The average rider rating is 4.87 while the average driver rating is slightly higher at 4.90.
To sign up to drive go to: https://www.uber.com/a/drive-pp/?exp=nyc&territory_id=1542
No special licensing is needed for areas outside of NYC.
Minimum vehicle requirements:
• Model year 2002 or newer
• 4-door car or minivan
• Seats and seatbelts for at least 4 passengers and drivers
• Good condition with no cosmetic damage
• No commercial branding
• All partners must possess a valid NY driver’s license in order to drive with Uber
• All partners must maintain their own insurance policy in accordance with state and local laws.
In addition, Uber maintains automobile liability insurance on behalf of all US partners.
For more information, visit https://www.uber.com