Many parents out there think about Uber or Lyft as an option for themselves - getting to and from the train station, to and from a restaurant. But what about other members of your family, such as your teens? Can they use the service? So let’s talk about this question: “Can teens use Uber?"
Well, the answer is no. Based on Uber’s terms of service, teens riding unaccompanied are not permitted by the service. If you’re joining your teen on the ride, that’s totally fine - but if your teen is riding by themselves, that is explicitly against Uber’s terms of service.
"A rider must be at least 18 years of age to have an Uber account and request rides. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older on any ride.
The Service is not available for use by persons under the age of 18. You may not authorize third parties to use your Account, and you may not allow persons under the age of 18 to receive transportation or logistics services from Third Party Providers unless they are accompanied by you.
Luckily, there are companies in this very space that are designed specifically for kids and teens. These companies are built around the needs of working parents (working moms, we see you!) to provide a safe, reliable transportation option.
VanGo is an example - over 85% of VanGo’s drivers are moms themselves, so it’s really a by-women, for-women product.The same goes for Lyft, who also prohibits unaccompanied minors, which is anyone under the age of 18. So, for parents who are looking to get their teens where they need to go… what are the other options?
One-off rides (when you need a ride to a friend’s house)
Recurring rides (that pick-up every Tuesday to soccer)
Anything in between.
Working moms use VanGo to schedule rides to and from:
School (public + private)Sports practice or games (soccer, lacrosse, swim)
Prep classes and / or tutoring (SAT prep, Kumon)
Orchestra or band
Other after-school activities
With VanGo, working moms can then have time to:
Make their morning meeting on time
Stay at work a little later in the afternoon or evening
Actually be in "two places at once"