In recent years the designated driver has become a must-have accessory at any gathering where alcohol is served. Spouses, significant others, friends, and family have been pressed into service to help impaired people get home safely, but sometimes you need to hire someone.
If it’s a busy night, taxis can be booked up. Rideshare services hike their prices algorithmically (and sometimes exponentially) when they are needed most. It remained for a sharp entrepreneur to see a problem as a consumer need. Enter Driverseat.
Driverseat is a Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario-based company that offers full designated driver services. If you’ve driven to a venue, had a few drinks, and want to get home with your car, they will not only send a car and driver your way, but they’ll dispatch a second driver to bring home your vehicle, so you’re not stuck without it the next day.
The two are designated Coachman and Chaser.
What sets the service apart from most of the well-known rideshare services is that you can book your ride in advance. That way, after a big night, even on a major holiday, you are assured that your DD will be available right when you need one, and at a price you can afford. Having a ride home set up in advance brings an extra measure of peace of mind. Your transportation, and your safety, are assured.
The rides are booked via the MiiRyde app, which the company intends to be the “app to end impaired driving.” It’s available for Android or iPhone. Last New Year’s Eve, more than 90% of Driverseat’s pickups were arranged in advance.
Driverseat offers other chauffeur services, though Designated Drivers are their flagship offering. The company now has franchises in various locations in Ontario and Québec, and is about to start opening franchises across not only Canada but the U.S. as well.
All designated driver operations are useful. Nevertheless, having the option to book your DD beforehand is a valuable one, since your judgment doesn’t get any better as the party night wears on.