This post is sponsored by Uber.
Uber asked me to try their new service, Express POOL. Have you heard of it? I had seen the Express POOL option in the app, but didn’t know anything about it, so I was curious to learn more. For the last week or so, I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to give Express POOL a try, and on Saturday, the opportunity arrived.
Maude wanted me to go look at apartments with her near campus, but Olive was using one car, and Ben Blair was using the other. Mostly, sharing two cars works well for us, but with four drivers at home (Ralph will make #5 when he gets back in a couple weeks), there are times when I want to run an errand, and there isn’t a car in the driveway to use. On Saturday, when I realized we didn’t have a car available, I thought: Ding! Ding! Ding! The perfect time to try Express POOL.
I told Maude about it — and that I wanted to try it — and she looked at me with confusion. Then she said, “Mom. Yes, I know about Express POOL. How do you think I’ve been getting from Berkeley to our house for 4 bucks?”
Hahaha! I mean, OF COURSE she knew about Express POOL. As I was about to discover, it’s so perfect for college students, or for anyone who is watching their budget, doesn’t mind walking a couple of blocks, and has a flexible timeframe. Maude said that for her, it’s less expensive to use ExpressPOOL than it is to use public transit to get from college to home, but a whole lot more convenient, and takes a fraction of the time.
So I said, “Maude, this is perfect. You take me through each step, and I’ll write a tutorial.” And that’s what we did. Here’s a step-by-step Express POOL How-to, featuring me and Maude and our excursion to campus.