Parents using ride sharing apps for kids' transportation


(WTHR) — One of the struggles of being a busy parent with busy kids: transportation.

A 2017 survey found many parents with children between ages 6 and 17 have a hard time managing the logistics of getting their kids to various activities. Forty percent of those surveyed said they spend more than five hours per week driving their kids around. Of those parents, a third said they spend more than 10 hours each week driving their kids.

Mobile app developers are working to alleviate some of that stress with ride sharing apps similar to Uber or Lyft, but geared toward kids.

HopSkipDrive, Zum and Kango all tout simple, safe ways to get kids to and from events. The process is pretty simple for each platform: book a ride, "meet" your background-checked driver, then track the ride after the driver picks your child up. There are age requirements for riders.

According to the apps, parents are using the services for transportation to school, athletic practices and

Zum and Kango also offer childcare services. So far, these apps are only available in California. HopSkipDrive also services the Denver, Colorado area.