Your Mom (+ These Apps) Don’t Want You to Drive Drunk Tonight
And us too. This New Year’s Eve, one of our favorite go-tos for getting us from A to B, Lyft, is teaming up with Your Mom, specifically, Mothers Against Drunk Driving to keep you off the road tonight after you’ve popped that champagne. And we think (nay, know) you should listen to your mother right about now.
This isn’t like that time that she advised you that you looked “prettier with your hair out of your eyes so everyone can see your face” — this is something you just can’t debate. With apps and services devoted to picking you up, you have no excuse as far as we’re concerned
not that there ever was one to get behind the wheel buzzed tonight. Make sure you have one of these downloaded and set up (that’s right, rookie mistake = downloading the app without having previously punched in your credit card info — like you want to do *that* tipsy) before you head out tonight!
1. Lyft: This year, Lyft is encouraging you to join them in pledging to keep the roads safe on NYE (whether you ride Lyft, use public transit or designate a sober driver). For every person who “pledges,” Lyft will donate $1 to MADD to support their mission to end drunk driving. They’re even spreading the word in an adorable way; Lyft’s co-founder John Zimmer is skipping Seacrest- and Swift-viewing to ride your drunk butt around from A to B. And he’s bringing his mom with him. Aw.
This app works just like Lyft and Uber do, but will hail a yellow cab for you. (#accidentalrhyme!!) You can track your driver en route to you and payment still goes through the app, but your whip will be old school. Great news for SFites — Flywheel is offering a #SurgeFreeNYE with $10 flat rides anywhere in San Francisco starting at 8pm tonight and going to 3am tomorrow. Right now this growing mobile cab hailer is available in San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, with more cities to come. (Free on Android and iOS)
Snag a ride AND a deal with this app that lets you comparison shop before you pick which driver you want to hail. Currently this one is available in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, DC and Boston. (Free on Android and iOS)
Watch out for the infamous surge pricing on New Year’s Eve and don’t be a jerk and throw up in this nice person’s car. If it’s available in your area, choose the UberPool option for 20% off your ride and a chance to ring in the new year with a new friend. (Free on Android, iOS and Windows Phone)
This could come in handy on busy New Year’s Eve night (see above) when Uber’s pricing might go through the roof, rogue champagne cork style. This app will find the location closest to you sans surge pricing so you can call an UberX to pick you up in a cheaper nearby locale. (Free on iOS)