Drink and get driven home
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.