Why to Use a Limousine Service Instead of a Ridesharing App
Ridesharing apps do seem to be popular, but they aren't the best choice for those needing transportation. There are several reasons you should consider using a limousine service instead of a rideshare. Before catching a ride, there are several things that you should take into consideration. By looking at all the facts, you can make a more informed decision and choose a safer alternative to get where you need to go. Regardless of what kind of transportation you are using, you need to make sure your safety is a priority.
Experience Does Count
Ridesharing companies and limousine services fall into different categories, so they have different requirements when it comes to staying licensed and operable. Limousine drivers have to maintain special certifications and a commercial driver's license (CDL). This means they must undergo routine Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examinations and submit to random drug screens. Ridesharing drivers can often have a traditional driver's license and depending upon the rideshare company they work for, their medical exams and drug screens might not be anywhere near as stringent or regular.
Limousine services are more stringently regulated than most rideshare services. This means limousine drivers undergo more extensive background checks. When you get into a car, you want to know something about who you are getting in the vehicle with. You don't want to risk getting into the car with a driver who has a sketchy past. A limousine driver has to have a background that is free from violent crimes and that doesn't reflect drug or alcohol abuse. Background checks used by most ridesharing companies just adhere to the regulations and because they aren't as heavily regulated, they may not be as thorough or as strict.
While you would like to think accidents don't happen, they can happen and they do happen. You want to make sure you are properly protected in the event of a crash. Limousine services have to meet specific business insurance requirements, which is usually a minimum of $1 million liability coverage. This way, if there is a crash you know your medical expenses and losses will be taken care of. Some rideshare companies require the driver to be connected to an app when in operation to ensure insurance coverage, so if there is a dead zone or a connection issue you may end up out of luck and paying out of pocket.
Getting a Ride
When selecting a form of transportation, choosing a limousine service over a rideshare can definitely impact your safety. You want to know you aren't getting in the vehicle with a habitual criminal with a record of sexual offenses and violent crimes. You want to know that you are being transported by someone who doesn't abuse drugs or alcohol and who has a clean driving record. And, in the event of an accident, you want to know adequate insurance coverage is in place. Choosing a limousine service is a much safer choice when you need to get somewhere.
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