Doc Eifrig: This “app” could revolutionize the way you travel

From Dr. David Eifrig, MD, MBA, editor, Retirement Millionaire:

The next time you need a taxi, go with Uber instead.

Uber is a ride-sharing company originally started in 2009 and is currently operating in 70 cities. Uber uses an application on your smartphone that you can use to get a car for hire quickly. It’s easy to use… sign up for an account, enter your credit-card information, and you’re all set.

Just last week on the approach to San Francisco International Airport, I told the guy in the seat next to me about it. By the time we got to the gate, he had ordered his first Uber.

When you need a ride, your phone’s GPS tells Uber where you are (or you can enter an address). Then, you can choose what kind of ride you want… The cheapest is an UberX car, like a Toyota Camry. You can also choose a black car (usually a town car) or an SUV. I personally use the black car most often. Once selected, you can see where the car is on a local map, with an estimated time until you’re picked up. The longest I’ve ever waited anywhere is about seven minutes.

Some people say they worry about the quality of the car and/or driver. Uber has specific rules for cars and drivers (like cleanliness and age of car). All the drivers are licensed and insured (qualifications vary based on the type of car).

I prefer the convenience of Uber to taxis. Payment is incredibly simple… Uber keeps your credit card on file, so you don’t have to worry about paying the driver directly. One of my favorite features is getting my receipts e-mailed to me in seconds.

Best of all… it’s cheaper. In some cities, like Los Angeles, an Uber car can cost you just half as much as a taxi. To get started, just download the Uber app to your smartphone, or click here to sign up.

Crux note: For a limited time, you can try your first ride for free (up to $30). Just use promo code “utvff” when signing up.

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