This, That, or the Other: Uber, taxi, or rent?

Before you decide, there are some questions you should ask yourself.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- When you’re on vacation, in a new city, or just can’t get behind the wheel… what’s the best way to get to your destination? Do you call a taxi, use a rideshare service, or rent a car? 

Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of AAA Public Affairs, says it depends.

“Even having a rental car, there may be an opportunity if you're on vacation to take a cab or a ride share for that one instance,” she says.

Before you decide, there are some questions you should ask yourself. For example: who will be with you?

“Anything more than four people, as far as using a ride share type of thing, is gonna cost a little more money,” says Blumling.

Larger vehicles also cost more to rent, so maybe call a cab, unless there are small kids in your party.

“If you rent a car, then you have your car seats and all of your safety gear of your children in that vehicle and you've made sure they're in properly and they stay in,” says Blumling.

However, that could be a waste of time if your destination is all-inclusive.

“You may really not need a vehicle because you're not planning a lot of excursions off the property or away from the property,” says Blumling.

In that case, you should probably just use a ride share service or call a cab, unless you're concerned about riding with a stranger.

“Most people trust their own driving more than they would trust anybody else's,” says Blumling.

Typically, though, Millennials don't mind.

“Many younger generations who are more comfortable with apps on their phone might tend to use transportation networks more often: Ubers and Lyfts,” says Blumling.

Ride sharing is also typically cheaper. But “those rates change, depending on where you're being picked up and what the venue and what the demand is,” says Blumling.

Most importantly, though, remember: your life is priceless.

“If you know you're gonna be out partying and there's gonna be drinking involved, your best bet is to make sure somebody else drives you,” says Blumling.

If you’d like to report concerns you had during a commuting experience, Blumling says reach out to the company you used and let them know. Allow the company to investigate the situation, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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