We all know that Uber and Lyft do not allow drivers to transport unaccompanied minors. However, for anyone who’s been a driver for even one day, we all know that parents need transportation options for their kids. One solution? JumpRydz, a ridesharing app for families! Senior RSG contributor Paula Gibbins shares this review of JumpRydz below.
This article was sponsored by JumpRydz, but as always, opinions are our own.
What is JumpRydz?
JumpRydz is a family-focused rideshare company. JumpRydz drivers provide safe, affordable, and reliable transportation for families.
It all started in 2011 when Margarita Clarke had been working at an afterschool program and helped families out by dropping their kids off at home or other activities if the parents were running late or couldn’t make it themselves.
From there, she turned those helpful favors into a thriving business called Titi’s Kiddie Kab. In 2019, it morphed from Titi’s Kiddie Kab into JumpRydz, providing services such as rides for seniors and families.
Where is JumpRydz Available?
JumpRydz is currently available for drivers to sign up in Queens and Brooklyn and services throughout NYC.
Requirements for Driving with JumpRydz
Like other rideshare companies, JumpRydz has some requirements you’ll need to qualify for driving with them. However, unlike other rideshare companies that do not cater to minors, JumpRydz also has some child-specific requirements – like experience working with children:
- Must be at least 25 years of age
- 2+ years experience working with minors
- NYC TLC license and plates
- FH-1 (For-hire) auto insurance
- A 4-door vehicle that is no more than 10 years old
- Undergo initial and recurring background checks
If possible, JumpRydz prefers SUVs or vans that can seat six or more people. Also, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) are in high demand.
You can easily sign up to drive using their online application. After filling out the application, your next step would be to download the driver app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
In the FAQs section of their website, JumpRydz states that passengers/families can meet their drivers before the ride. However, this is not a requirement to be a driver. It’s fully your choice if you’d like to do this for the family/passenger.
If you as a driver are given a 5-star rating, you’re automatically added into the passenger’s “favorite drivers” section of the app. That way, when they request a ride again, their favorite drivers get first dibs.
On top of that, passengers are able to tip their drivers directly within the app.
How Much Can a JumpRydz Driver Make?
JumpRydz drivers make an average of around $35-40 per hour, especially when driving during the peak hours of 6-9 AM and 2-5 PM.
Pros and Cons of Driving for JumpRydz
- $35-40 an hour while driving for JumpRydz
- Pre-scheduled rides help you plan your day and offer a steadier income
- Get to drive around kids and families – usually more fun than adults!
- Get to listen to kids’ stories and songs
- Can be listed as a favorite driver for repeat business
- Only available in NYC
- Must use your own vehicle
- If the idea of having kids in your car bothers you, this is not the job for you!
- Demand may be lower during the hours when school is in session
Overall, as long as you live in the NYC area and have experience with and enjoy working with kids, this could be a great new opportunity to try out. If you’re added to a passenger’s favorite driver list, you could see the same people time and again—which is awesome if you both had a great experience the previous time.
If you’re not in the NYC area, keep an eye on this company. They may continue expanding to other markets, including your own.
-Paula @ RSG