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Uber bills its ride-hailing service as “smarter than a taxi.” Yet in many cases, taking a local taxi service might be a smarter choice for your wallet.
One of the reasons for Uber’s success? Its fares can be cheaper than taking a taxi. That’s especially true for longer trips that cost more than $35, according to analysis by Anastasios Noulas, a data scientist at Lancaster University in the U.K. Overall, says Noulas, Uber is often the more economical choice outside of large cities.
But there are many times when a taxi is a better alternative. For quick trips when the fares are below $35, for instance, a taxi could be the cheaper option. Such trips account for about 94 percent of taxi fares, Noulas says.
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A taxi is likely to also be the better option when demand is high. That’s because during such times, Uber and rival services such as Lyft rely on surge pricing to boost fares by up to four times the price. The theory is that by allowing drivers to charge a premium, more drivers will get behind the wheel, which will help meet demand from passengers.
Surge pricing can happen more often than you’d expect in some high-traffic neighborhoods, such as New York City’s Times Square. Noulas says the practice affects about 25 percent of UberX cars—the budget option for riders—in New York City. The result is that the median price for a yellow cab ride in New York, says Noulas, is $19.50 versus $23.50 for an UberX ride.
Even without surge pricing, UberX can be more expensive than taking a taxi, especially for shorter trips. Uber charges a minimum fare of $8 for simply getting into the car, compared with $2.50 for New York’s yellow cabs. UberX is still often more expensive even after you take into account tipping taxi drivers, Noulas found. Uber drivers typically don’t accept tips.
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While Uber provides an estimate of a trip’s cost before you get in the car, the final price might surprise you because of factors such as traffic or weather. In one notable case, a woman earlier this year told The Chicago Tribune she “nearly passed out” after Uber charged her $640 for a trip to the airport during a snowstorm. Taxi services typically rely on fixed fare schedules or meters.
Several apps and websites can help you figure out whether you’ll be better off taking an Uber or a taxi, including RideGuru and WhatsTheFare. Another, OpenStreetCab, which Noulas created, provides an analysis of Uber and local taxis in New York and London. The app (Android and iOS) steers you to the cheaper option and can save you about $7 on average per trip, Noulas claims.
The cost of a ride might be only one factor in your decision on how to get around. You might prefer the ease of using the Uber app, since you can track where drivers are while you wait to be picked up and you can rate drivers.
But not all Uber drivers know their cities as well as taxi drivers do. They usually rely on phone-based GPS to get around. But technology might not be able to replace the smarts local taxi drivers. London cabbies, for instance, must study its labyrinthine street layout for years and pass a grueling test—called “the Knowledge“—before becoming licensed.
Aimee Picchi is a freelance writer who contributes to Consumer Reports on a range of personal-finance topics. Her fascination with personal finance started at a young age, when her dad bought her 10 shares of Pepsi to teach her about the stock market. She has also written for CBS MoneyWatch, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, AOL’s Daily Finance, and MSN Money. Follow her on Twitter (@aimeepicchi
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Successful limousine drivers are masters of their craft. Chauffeurs don’t simply provide the travel directions, “they are the road map” of guidance, “ensuring that the passenger looks good and feels comfortable while doing it,” states Howard Fisk, owner of J. Howard Fisk Limos in Springfield, Missouri. Professional chauffeurs are trained, confident and conscientious individuals who grasp the art of business and social etiquette.
Professional chauffeurs wear crisp, clean uniforms, usually black, depending on the company they work for. Chauffeur uniform etiquette avoids any unusual colors, piping or tassels on the uniform that may detract attention from the passenger and onto the chauffeur. Colored ties, cummerbunds, handkerchiefs or any other uniform items are prohibited, according to business etiquette for professional drivers. “His uniform should not call attention to him, but should keep him properly in the background,” states Fisk.
Chauffeurs focus on the safety of the passengers and the travel route. If a traffic jam causes a travel delay, the driver will not mention a problem, but will simply take another route. Professionals learn a variety of driving techniques to help them cope with road hazards and a variety of road surfaces for luxury vehicles. During their driving training, chauffeurs are trained to plan routes for the safety and comfort of the client. Chauffeurs practice quiet driving skills with a passenger in the vehicle. While they drive, drivers do not eat, drink or run personal errands.
Professional drivers are focused continually on the passengers and are trained to ensure that all focus from surrounding individuals is also on the passengers. The chauffeur is so focused on his craft that he wants nothing between him and his duties. Except for driving in sunlight, for example, etiquette will not allow a chauffeur to wear sunglasses outside of the limousine.
Sunglasses present a “psychological barrier between the chauffeur and his passenger,” according to Fisk, who states that “sunglasses present an aloof or a disinterested body language message.” Eye contact presents a more positive etiquette practice. Etiquette does not call for chauffeurs to socialize or interact personally with other chauffeurs in a line up or with passengers. Chauffeurs do not shake hands, greet each other or greet passengers.
Luxury vehicle drivers do not partake in conversation, but they do offer their “road map guidance,” by giving prompts to their passengers. After a wedding, for example, it is customary for the chauffeur to open the passenger door for the bride first. Once she is seated, the chauffeur may prompt her to remain seated while he opens the door for the groom. If the chauffeur notices that she is nervous, he may offer prompts, such as, “Take your time,” states Fisk. The chauffeur may also suggest that she place her feet under her dress on the ground to prevent tripping.