SAN DIEGO — The stress of hectic back-to-school driving schedules is being mitigated with the arrival of HopSkipDrive’s new ride service in San Diego, for safely transporting kids to their schools, parents and families.
With its expansion of service to San Diego, parents of kids ages six and up have a new solution to the struggle of transporting children where they need to go, safely, reliably and economically. So far, nearly 1,000 local families have signed up for HopSkipDrive, with many families having waited up to two years for its launch in San Diego.
Whether it’s to and from school, or pick-up and drop-off at an extracurricular activity, HopSkipDrive matches families with a trusted CareDriver who is backed by the industry’s highest safety standards. CareDrivers must have at least five years of caregiving experience, a clean driving record, and go through a highly-selective 15-point certification process.
That process includes fingerprinting, background checks and registration with TrustLine—California’s authorized screening program of in-home caregivers that is endorsed by the California Academy of Pediatrics. Each ride can be tracked through the parent’s app from start to finish. Rides are also monitored in real time by dedicated HopSkipDrive Safe Rides Specialists, in addition to other tech-enabled safeguards.
“As working parents, we know that getting kids to and from school and extracurricular activities every day is a constant challenge and there has been little to no innovation to make it easier,” said Joanna McFarland, co-founder and CEO. “With HopSkipDrive, we created a platform that solves this challenge, by offering reliable and flexible transportation for busy families, along with the peace of mind that their kids are safe and getting the care they need.” The service has already accumulated two million miles driven.
In addition to rides for individual families, HopSkipDrive partners with hundreds of schools and districts to create customized transportation solutions for students, including the Escondido Union High School District in Southern California.
Service is already available in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Denver. San Diego parents can find the full list of serviceable areas in San Diego County here. Rides can be booked online at least eight hours in advance for the next day, the whole week, or even the full school year.
The easy-to-use app is also available for both iPhone and Android. Rides start at $16, and carpool rides can be as low as $7 with multiple families in the car. A fare estimator is accessible here. First-time users get their first ride free (up to $20) by using promo code “SDRIDE.”
HopSkipDrive’s goal is to give all kids access to opportunities through mobility. Founded in 2014, HopSkipDrive is a tech-enabled transportation solution for families and K-12 schools, nonprofits and kid-based businesses. The company is continuing to build a national transportation network that connects schools and families with trusted CareDrivers. Visit: www.hopskipdrive.com
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