Thanks to Zum (like an Uber for kids) for sponsoring 510Families.com this week. Zum was born out of a working mom's firsthand experience managing two active kids and a busy Silicon Valley career.
Zum is a child ride and service company that combines the ease of an app to schedule rides with background-checked kid-friendly drivers. Zum drivers all wear distinctive Zum T-shirts and drive marked cars for easy identification.
I flipping love the idea of a service that eases my actual pain points from having three busy children, two employed parents, and one tired minivan. Zum offers several combinations allowing me to bake in waiting time so the driver always beats the camp bus to the bus stop. For example, the Zumer could pick up one child, bring him somewhere, wait 15 minutes for other child to get out, and bring them both home. The Zum app also allows me to “add services” to a ride such as a few minutes of bridge childcare or feeding my hungry kids a snack.
I appreciate the little extras that go beyond adult ride services like that the driver was able to sign my children in or out of their childcare situation; the kids did not need to have their own phones; Zum texted me and my husband at all steps along the way. Carpools can also be arranged.
My children took Zum for a test ride the other week, and it was our first time trying out one of these services. Eek. I came away with the conclusion that there are three main partners in the kid rideshare exchange:
- Qualified driver. All drivers for Zum, or Zumers, are all fingerprinted, Trustline-certified, DMV-checked, interviewed, with vehicles inspected.
- Opinionated child. The kid needs to be on board with the ride for everyone to be happy. It helped my sons to have each other and that I showed them a photo in the morning of who to expect.
- Satisfied parent. I need to feel like my kids are safely getting from Point A to Point B or on multi-hop trips. Notifications along the way help a lot!
I think Zum is perfect for my family for those certain days of the week when PTA, soccer, martial arts, and special preschool meetings all seem to hit on the same day. I think the cost of about $24 per ride is cost prohibitive for an “every day all summer” kind of arrangement, it is totally in line with childcare costs and just the thing when you're in a bind. In fact, my kids immediately proposed we do Zum again when we had a scheduling snafu this week.
What Zum wants you to know:
Zum is the only service that is serving all 6 counties of the Bay Area, and has the highest number of drivers and families enrolled and giving or taking rides. No other service can claim having completed over 50,000 rides in the Bay Area and partnership with premium schools and activity centers like Zum. Zum is the only service that provides upfront visibility of price to the parents and charges them based on it. Carpools start at $8 and families can easily create their own carpools with friends of their kids from the App.
Requirements: Riders must be ages 5-15
Car seats: Parents can specify if they want a booster seat assigned to their child for all rides. Zum does not currently provide car seats for younger children.
Pricing model: Rides start at $16 and additional care can be added on at the rate of $6 per quarter hour.
Special offer: Use code 510FAMILIESZUM (expires on 9/30/16). This will give new families signing up for Zum $20 in ride credit — after they take their first ride.
Click here to try Zum and use code 510FAMILIESZUM (expires on 9/30/16). This will give new families signing up for Zum $20 in ride credit — after they take their first ride.
Thanks again to Zum for sponsoring today's post. As far as we know, we were stealthy in our tests of their service.