Your Safe Ride Guide To New Year's In San Diego
After you've popped the champagne and had a glass (or 10), how will you get home? Safe ride options abound in San Diego this New Year's holiday.
AAA's long-running "tipsy tow" service, now entering its 20th year, is reachable at (800) 400-4AAA. Between 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, callers can get their vehicle towed home for free within seven miles.
Or, you can choose from a number of increasingly popular ride-sharing apps. Don't pull up the Sidecar app. Under fierce competition, Sidecar will shut down service just hours before the start of New Year's revelry.
One new way San Diegans can request a ride is through the Facebook Messenger app.
When people request an Uber ride through Messenger, their first trip will be free up to $20.
Uber spokesman Michael Amodeo said Uber is integrating with Facebook's mobile app to streamline the process of hailing a ride.
For instance, he said, "If folks are meeting a loved one for dinner, they can send them the restaurant location on Messenger and request a ride there simply by tapping on the address."
As usual, Uber prices are sure to surge during hours of peak demand. Pricing will also go up on the Lyft app when demand spikes. Lyft says riders in San Diego won't be charged more than triple the normal rate on New Year's.
Flywheel, an app that connects riders with traditional taxis, is not offering the same flat $10 rate it had last year in San Diego. But the app does not raise prices during peak demand.