I am thinking of taking the boys to the city tomorrow. It used to be just my oldest and me making last minute plans to visit one of the many great attractions that Washington, D.C. has to offer. We'd take the Metrorail, walk around spontaneously, take in the scenery and head back home...all in a few hours.
Now, with the addition of a toddler, every last detail has to be planned out to avoid any opportunity for a tantrum. No more hiking it a few city blocks just for the fun of it. We need car services like Uber to get us to our destinations quick, fast and in a (safe) hurry.
I gave Uber a try for the first time last year. It was just me at the time. But what about families, such as mine, who have young children in tow and need a car seat while riding in an Uber car? Just a year ago, I never had to think about this. Now I wait to try out Uber's newest service that recently launched in Washington, D.C. – uberFamily.
Starting July 14, Uber is making life easier for parents in the DC metro area with the launch of uberFAMILY, their new on-demand car seat option. With the touch of a button and a $10 surcharge, parents can easily request a ride that’s equipped with a car seat.Hooray! Now the entire family can enjoy the convenience of getting around the city more efficiently thanks to uberFamily. Of course you are going to need to plan ahead a bit before you go on your adventure. Start by installing the Uber app on your smartphone device.
To develop uberFAMILY, Uber DC teamed up with The Car Seat Lady’s Dr. Alisa Baer, who trained the service’s highest-rated partner drivers on how to safely secure the seats — which were all manufactured specifically for Uber by IMMI.
In celebration of the launch, Uber DC is kicking things off with a surcharge-free week brought to you by Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care.
To learn more about UberFAMILY, including how to request UberFAMILY on your Uber app and safety details, head to: http://bit.ly/1vXbOjz.
1) Use promo code Mommy2K for $25 off your first Uber ride!
2) Download the App and enter the code (iPhone, Android, Blackberry).
3) Request uberFAMILY and be connected to a highly rated driver with a car seat.
Already have Uber? Simply toggle to your vehicle option at the very bottom of the screen (uberFAMILY is available on both uberX and UberBLACK), and tap the ‘FAMILY’ button above the slider.
I would recommend you visit the website for additional information. There is a special forward-facing car seat – the IMMI Go car seat – and you will be responsible for securing your child in this seat properly. Watch the video for specific instructions. Be advised that your child must also meet the requirements listed on the site such as:
- minimum age: 12 months old
- minimum weight: 22 lbs.
- minimum height: 31 inches.
- A child is too big at 48 lbs or 52 inches.
I hope tomorrow goes as planned. If so, I'll be sure to share with you how it all went down in my attempt to checkout uberFamily. If not, just assume the tantrum won this round.
Don't forget to use my promo code, Mommy2K. Happy Uber-ing!
WHAT IS UBER? Uber is an app that connects you with a driver at the tap of a button. Request a ride and have a driver curbside in minutes. There’s no need to carry cash. When you reach your destination, your fare is automatically billed to your card on file, no need to tip. Good for one ride, up to $25, new riders only. Expires 11/1/14. Excludes uberTAXI.
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I received a credit to my Uber account as a thank you for this post. The opinion and views are my own.