Uber For Kids: Would You Let Your Kids Ride With Strangers?
When I first heard of HopSkipDrive I thought it was an article from The Onion or The Hard Times. The idea of a service similar to Uber or Lyft but for your kids sounded insane to me. After a little more research I discovered it's a little more comforting to me, but still a risky idea in my opinion. Maybe it's considering what Kalamazoo has gone through in the past, the fact that you're practically sending your kids off with a stranger, or that your putting your kids lives in the hands of someone you don't know. I think it's a helpful idea for busy parents, but here are the facts according to moms.com:
HopSkipDrive was founded by three busy working mothers who knew how hard it was to get all their kids where they needed to be, on time. With eight children ranging in age from 5-13 between them, they decided to create their own ride service that strictly caters to the needs of busy families. That means the drivers for HopSkipDrive go through much more rigid approval process before they're hired as drivers.
all drivers must be a minimum of 23 years old, have a clean background check as well as a minimum of five years child care experience and must be willing to be fingerprinted. The company currently employs over 2000 drivers.
Parents are given text updates throughout their child's rides, and before their children are picked up parents are sent a picture of the driver and their profile. Parents are also sent a personalized code to ensure their child is being picked up by their designated driver. Parents can also track their drive using the HopSkipDrive app.
Even with all the safety measures they go through, I personally would still be very uncomfortable with using this service. That's not to say it's bad by any means. I'm sure this service does a great thing for many families. I just think this is a personal decision on whether or not you would use this. Would you?