- Discuss taxis and ride share options for traveling around the city
- Discuss safety tips when taking a taxi or ride share
Let’s Start with Trivia Taxi Game!
Let’s Review: Can You Do This on a Bus?
What is a Taxi Service?
READ: A taxi, also known as a taxicab or simply a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers. A taxicab takes passengers between locations of their choice. This differs from public transport where the pick-up and drop-off locations (i.e., bus stops) are decided by the service provider, and not by the customers. When you use a taxi, you can tell where you want to be picked up and dropped off. Often, to hire a taxi, you need to call a taxi service. (Adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxi)
What is Ride Share?
(Adapted from https://www.verywellhealth.com/travel-training-for-people-with-autism-5186507)
READ: While it can be hard to find a taxi in many small towns, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are almost everywhere. They can provide independent transportation for a fee, and the apps make the process almost seamless.
Ride-sharing can be the ideal answer to getting to and from work in a semi-rural area. In some cases, it is possible to find funding for a disabled Uber or Lyft user through adult services.
Benefits of Ride Sharing:
- Riders with autism do not need to carry cash
- The app makes the transaction, so there is no need to count the fare and tips
- It is possible to track your ride on the app;
- It’s possible to see a picture of the driver and their credentials ahead of time.
- Your parent or caregiver can follow you with their smartphone, while you ride independently!
- Uber will provide rides to support animals with their owners.
Using Uber or Lyft
- Download and install an app for Uber and/or Lyft
- Add a credit card or have your parent/caregiver help you with it
- Plan for your destination
- Request a ride
Here is how you can do all that using an Uber app. Note that Lyft app is very similar!