Movement is one of the inherent characteristics of living things. To aid movement, a lot of transportation systems have evolved all in a bit to make movement less stressful and timely too.
Transportation is, therefore, a very important tool in our daily life. Despite the innovation and development so far, people still seek to make the process more as more convenient as possible.
Hence the birth of ride-hailing, instead of standing on the streets under the scorching sun to wait for a ride or chasing down one on the road. Ride-hailing allows one to get rides from their comfort zone.
Ride-hailing is simply a direct taxi service request. This now is usually done through an app, here, an individual books a private destination ride while sending the location where he or she is to be picked.
This is not the case with ride-sharing, in a ride-sharing situation, there are several passengers in the vehicle who are going in the same direction. This transportation is not private at all.
The terms ride-hailing and ride-sharing are most times used interchangeably but they both represent different things. This article seeks to shed light on the intricate differences between the two words.
Both have their advantages and downsides, ride-hailing helps the user conserve time and get to their destination with little or no fuss while in ride-sharing, a lot of time is spent picking up more passengers and dropping them when anyone gets to their destination.
This can be quite annoying especially when you are running late. Sometimes, ruckus ensues because of one issue or another.
Ride-hailing also helps one easily find a location one is not familiar with while minimizing the associated risk because on the app you input your current location and your final destination.
The driver just takes you there without questions.
Another advantage of ride-hailing is that you know the identity of the driver and as such, it is relatively safer. Also, the cashless option makes it a seamless journey.
Once you get to your destination you get off and your fare is charged to your card. This even reduces the risk of carrying cash not just for the passenger but also for the driver.
Environmentalists, however, argue that ride-sharing is more ecosystem friendly because many people sharing a ride connotes fewer cars on the way and by implication reduced carbon emission.
Another arguable advantage of ride-sharing is it manages traffic, with many people in one
vehicle, it reduces the number of cars gunning for the same space unlike in ride-hailing, imagine everyone in a car ordering separate vehicles and all going in the same direction. There will surely be traffic jams.
Affordability is another advantage of ride-sharing, the people in the vehicle pay for parts of the fare to cover the entire cost of the journey while in ride-hailing the entire cost is taken care of by one person.
While this may not seem likely, ride-sharing fosters connection and human interaction, especially with people traveling long distances. Many marriages and other beautiful relationships have blossomed as a result of ride-sharing.
Both ride-hailing and ride-sharing are viable means of transportation, but let’s think outside of ourselves once in a while during decision-making concerning rides.
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