Rideshare service exclusively for kids helps parents navigate busy schedules

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Millions of adults use Uber and Lyft to get around, but now there are a number of ridesharing services just for kids.

After school, you’ll find 10-year-old Carter Tartisel at tutoring or the Boys and Girls Club, but sometimes the only way he can get to and from his activities is through a rideshare.

“It’s like an Uber, but it’s for kids only,” said driver Jacqueline Bouknight, who reminds Carter to buckle up as he gets in her car.

Carter’s mom says she just couldn’t do it anymore with her busy work schedule. “He was having to miss a lot of activities,” said Sandi Tartisel.

HopSkipDrive is one of several “kid shares” expanding in cities across the country.

“This is more like putting your child in a car with a highly vetted nanny that drives,” said Bouknight.

Harry Campbell runs a website named “The Rideshare Guy”. Campbell says drivers must have child caregiving experience. “They also require fingerprint-based background checks, and you have to meet someone from the company,” said Campbell, who notes neither are required for Uber or Lyft drivers.

Other security features including using a password of pickup, tracking rides in real time and some apps allow parents to meet drivers upon request.

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