Would you let your child take a rideshare to soccer practice?

Published: Apr. 25, 2019 at 11:19 AM EDT
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Millions of adults use Uber and Lyft to get around, but now there are ridesharing services for kids.

While regular ridesharing apps prohibit minors from riding unaccompanied, new services like Care Driver and HopSkipDrive are for children only.

An expert says most ridesharing companies for kids carefully vet their drivers.

"You actually have to have child caregiving experience," said Harry Campbell the Rideshare Guy. "They also require fingerprint-based background checks and you have to meet someone from the company. All three of those things you don't have to do with an Uber or Lyft driver."

One mom said she doesn't see how putting her child in a rideshare is any different from letting a school bus driver who she doesn't know take him to school every day.

"He was having to miss a lot of activities," said Mom Sandi Tartisel. She says she would rather put her son in a rideshare than let him miss out because of her work schedule.

"This is more like putting your child in a car with a highly vetted nanny that drives," said Joanna McFarland, CEO of HopSkipDrive.

Would you let your child use a rideshare service?