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Parents Are Using Ride-Sharing Services to Schlep Their Kids Around

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Parents are using ride-share services to make sure their children get to after school activities

Imagine you’re stuck at work, only to discover that your child has gone to the nurse’s office after getting sick during class. You’re swamped with paperwork, so you decide to call your spouse, only to discover he or she is having a hectic day at work, too.

With most families in the United States juggling a multitude of activities—and with both parents typically working full-time jobs—the ability for everyone to get where they need to go is becoming more and more hindered. To make it easier to get everyone to their destination, though, parents are starting to allow their children to do something completely unexpected—use ride-sharing services. Many parents, whether in the city or the suburbs, balk at the idea of allowing their children to ride public transportation or hail taxis.

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For some reason, though, these parents don’t hesitate at the thought of their children getting into cars with strangers.

While many ride-sharing services, specifically Uber and Lyft, require their users to be at least 18, more parents are paying for the service to pick their kids up and drop them off where they need to go—and many of the drivers in these services are ignoring the rule.

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As the use of ride-sharing services to schlep kids back and forth continues to rise, many companies are seeking ways to provide a more family-friendly alternative. For instance, Shuddle, which was founded just under a year ago, uses a workforce made up of mostly women drivers. These drivers are typically mothers, caregivers, or nannies with experience in childcare. With a focus on after-school transport, Shuddle makes it easy for parents to work late without worrying about their kid getting around town.

So the question for you is this: would you let your child get to his or her extracurricular activities in a ride-share car?

News Source: The Detroit News