General, Personal

I Need a Taxi.

*This post is sponsored by Drive Taxi’s Hull, however All thoughts and opinions are my own* AD

How many times have you said that? I for one have used the saying quite a lot – on nights out with friends, when something happens beyond your control and you don’t have access to your car or public transport, on a day out…the list goes on.

Now, I know that sometimes booking a taxi can be such a bloody difficult thing – calling endless numbers, being on hold, the advisors on the other end of the phone being rude, none being available for 23085 hours, etc etc, we’ve ALL been there and it really does do my head in – as much as the next persons. Now, within Hull there are obviously several different taxi firms, and they all have their own dedicated numbers and websites and a few of them have app’s as well, and I wanted to just tell you about one firm in Hull who are looking to change the way taxi’s are perceived within the city, and also are proud to offer great service and a positive taxi experience, to break the stigma that taxi companies and drivers have.

Lets be honest, how annoyed do you get when the taxi doesn’t turn up, or goes to the wrong address, or the driver is a bit of a moron and takes you the “long way round” just so they can get a few more of your hard earned ££’s from you? We’ve all been there and it is NOT what you want when you are paying for a service, be it out of choice or simply because you have NO OTHER choice.

Well, Ride Hull are launching a new App and have had a complete overhaul, including a name change to DRIVE, and they have got in touch with me and asked me to help them promote the new App, let the people of Hull and the surrounding areas know that this is a firm that can be trusted and prides itself on giving a good service. Because lets be honest, when you’re getting a taxi you don’t want to get out, slam the door and think “ugh, I’m never using them again, ignorant so-and-so’s” or whatever. And I for one like to know that when I do need to use a taxi I am going to be booking with a reliable and trustworthy company, that doesn’t charge the earth and isn’t going to leave me waiting around like some spare part, whether it be in the daytime with my son or on a night out or perhaps in a vulnerable position.

So, who are Drive (formerly Ride)? Well, Drive was created in 2017 with the goal of modernising and improving the Hull Taxi market. With the first acquisition of 57 Cars, Drive has since merged 65 Cars, 70 Cars, 706 Cars & Sutton Cars to create a Hull wide taxi firm with 550 Cars and complete over 40,000 bookings a week. Now, I for one have used one, if not all of these individual companies in the past. Now they are all in one place, and they are the largest private taxi hire company within Hull and the surrounding areas. Which means that, pretty much whatever time of the day or night it is, you are more likely to be able to get a car with Drive than with any other taxi firm within the area. Which (if you’re like me and an impatient little witch) is just so so good. Who wants to be waiting hours for a bloody taxi? Not me mate. I can also say that from my own personal experience of using Drive, there hasn’t been a long wait for a car and they have always turned up bang on time, and in some instances were actually early! Brilliant!

Drive are also super hot on the safety of their passengers. For example, if you are a student within Hull, you can call the office on 01482 575757 and if you are for any reason left alone or vulnerable after a night out, they will get a car to you as a matter of priority. We all know the drill – you’ve been out for hours and are probably a little worse for wear, and if you aren’t from the area then it can be a really daunting task trying to find your way home – having a taxi company that are committed to helping you out when you need them surely is a good thing? If anyone reading this is a student then please download the app (link here) or save the number in your phone for future reference. Just don’t be sick in the car. (I mean it – not cool….not speaking from experience at all…)

I have actually downloaded the app myself and used it a few times for journeys, and I must say its dead easy. You just type in the address you want picking up from – or if you have your location turned on it will pick up your location from that, then enter the destination address/postcode on the next page, and enter the time you want your taxi. It also gives you a fare estimate, which for me is a GOD SEND as you know how much money youre going to need for the journey and youre not worrying if you have enough. Alternatively (which is my preferred method) you can pop your card details into the app, save them, and simply pay via your card on the app – the payment comes out at the end of your journey when your home safe and sound! That for me is a life saver, as I hardly ever carry cash, everything is contactless these days and its so good to know you can just book the taxi and pay for it within a couple of taps. Also on the app, you can also track your driver, which is so useful, so you can see exactly where they are and it tells you how far away they are and the estimated arrival time, so you can gather up all your crap (toddler-life) and be ready for when it arrives. When the car does arrive, you actually get a call on your mobile (you need to pop your number into the app) to let you know that the car is outside, as well as the usual text message reminder.

Here are a few screenshots from the App, just to give you an idea..

All in all, Drive are not only a friendly and reliable taxi company, but being the largest in Hull, they are a force to be reckoned with, and I for one have no qualms about using them, and recommending them to family and friends, as they cover the whole of Hull and the surrounding areas, which is so so helpful as I have family and friends on opposite ends of the city, and it’s reassuring to know that they will be able to pick me up whenever and wherever I am.

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