Using cars for public transportation is nothing new, but it has changed recently thanks to technological advancements. The smartphone and wireless internet have paved the way for companies like Uber and Lyft to exist. These allow the public access to this form of transport without having to pay exorbitant prices of taxis or private cars. Below are the pros and cons of cars as public transport.

Pros of Cars as Public Transport

Using a car as public transport, like a taxi or Uber, is the most direct way to get from point A to point B. They have no strict schedule, but the speed of your travels dependent on the traffic. If a car breaks down, you can get another car, usually very easily. Now that Uber and Lyft have entered the market, the prices are somewhat competitive and not nearly as expensive. And best of all, it’s transportation which is usually clean and private, so you are usually only in the car with someone you know or yourself, besides the driver.

Cons of Cars as Public Transport

The downsides of using cars as public transport is that sometimes it is inefficient. You can be stuck in traffic for long periods of time, costing you money while not making any progress. You’re also at the mercy of the driver, so if you don’t know your way around town, you can sometimes be taken on a ridiculous ride that can cost you a lot of money. You also have a driver, which means if he has an accident, you could all be hurt or killed. This is a more likely scenario for cars than other forms of public transport, though still not very likely to occur. All of these are things you should consider before taking a car as public transport.