Drink and get driven home

Let someone else drive yourself and your car home (Photo: Safe Drive Nevada)

Do you sometimes find yourself out at night with your car and, after having a few drinks, needing to catch a taxi home to be on the safe side? It’s a pain to have to make a special trip to pick up the car the next day. Last week, I would have caught a bus into the city but needed to go to a gallery opening in the eastern suburbs before dinner. A slightly complicated round-trip, too expensive to cab it all the way, and buses and trains didn’t fit.

So I used WeDrive.

You need to organise this before your evening begins, to be sure of getting a driver. To set up the job, you make a phone call or use a smartphone app. They take down your details, including pick-up address, pick-up time, destination address, car rego number, etc. You get a phone call 15 minutes before the appointed time, and if you’re not ready, they give you 10 minutes grace and then start charging extra for waiting time.

The cost was a few cents over AUD $60: worth it for the convenience as much as for solving the drink-drive problem.

This is the second time I’ve used such a service. The previous week I used You Drink We Drive, and it was a similar cost and just as good a service. I was picked up in Ryde and driven home to Haberfield, the cost was a few cents over AUD $60. It would have been more than that for a return cab trip of 10km each way.

In each case, the driver’s work partner (once it was his wife) followed us in another car.

In my line of work, I often need an alternative way to get home after drinking at dinners and evening functions. I use light rail, buses and trains where possible to avoid expensive cab fares, but I’ll be using these kinds of service more in future.

One thought on “Drink and get driven home”

  1. Paul Boothby says:

    An arrangement that I have used many times – a great idea. You enjoy your evening out without worries, pay no more than a taxi, and have your car in your garage ready for the next day. After a few times you usually then have your “regular” driver and its as simple as booking ahead and nominating a pick up time.

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