Thursday, February 22, 2024

DriveNow, the Oxford Half Marathon and a particular signup provide!


While folks argue in regards to the deserves of black cabs vs Uber, I’ve began to journey round (North) London utilizing a special service.  No worrying about whether or not the taxi can be on time or worrying about who the motive force is, I drive myself utilizing DriveNow (“the versatile automobile membership” the place you hire automobiles by the minute by means of an app in your cellphone.)

drivenow 3-door mini
Our DriveNow 3-door Mini

I’ve been an unofficial advocate of DriveNow for some time and final weekend I turned a DriveNow influencer for the day!  DriveNow have launched prolonged packages that imply you could take a automobile exterior of London for longer journeys and DriveNow loaned us a automobile in order that we might get to the Oxford Half Marathon.  (Mainly, we bought a automobile to make use of for the day in return for telling everybody about it – one thing I’m glad to do as it’s a service that I exploit and revel in.)

So how does it work?  Properly, DriveNow is powered by BMW and runs in partnership with Sixt in numerous European cities together with London, Milan, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen and extra.  DriveNow prospects merely obtain the DriveNow app to their cellphone and an in-app map view exhibits the automobiles which might be close by.  You’ll be able to faucet on a automobile on the map after which see the automobile kind and the way a lot gas / energy it has.  You’ll be able to then reserve it for quarter-hour whilst you stroll to it and the app permits you to flash the lights, enter SatNav particulars and Lock / Unlock.  You merely both pay by the minute or e book an extended hourly package deal upfront.

For our journey to Oxford I managed to discover a 3-door Mini close to my home referred to as ‘Axel’ (all of the automobiles have names) and it had quantity of petrol too.  I reserved it on the DriveNow app, walked to it after which opened it up utilizing the ‘Unlock’ operate on the app.  (DriveNow automobiles don’t have any keys, only a Begin / Cease button and a multi-media show on the dashboard that requires your pin code.)  So I began up our DriveNow Mini, put it into ‘Drive’ on the automated gearstick and set off for Oxford.  We then parked up within the Oxford Park and Journey, bought the bus to city, dropped our luggage within the bag drop and lined up for the half marathon…

Oxford Half Marathon 2017 start
Begin of the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon 2017

Inside the DriveNow ‘Enterprise Space’ in London (Hackney, Haringey and Islington) DriveNow automobiles could be parked in virtually any parking house (together with residents allow parking.)   Which means that there are DriveNow automobiles scattered all through the DriveNow zones and it’s pretty straightforward to discover a DriveNow automobile – both a Mini 3 door, Mini 5 door, Mini convertible, BMW 1 Sequence or a BMW i3 Electrical automobile.  For a brief journey in London I have a tendency to gather a automobile and finish my rental after I park.  I then simply choose up one other DriveNow automobile by means of the app after I need to return house, although there’s a ‘Park and Preserve’ operate that permits you to preserve / maintain the unique automobile whilst you store / eat / go about no matter it’s that you’re doing!

New longer journey packages enable DriveNow customers to take autos out of the enterprise space for prolonged intervals – like our journey to and from Oxford. (Commonplace leases are charged by the minute vs these longer packages which have mounted prices.)  This made it very straightforward for us and as soon as we had completed the half marathon we collected our luggage, returned to the DriveNow automobile we had been utilizing earlier within the day, unlocked it and drove house (lastly parking up within the enterprise space and ending our rental.)

DriveNow mini
Our DriveNow mini with our Oxford Half Marathon medals

I like the simplicity of DriveNow and I actually loved our time out in Oxford.  I bought ending time within the Oxford Half Marathon too and I am crediting a part of this to DriveNow as our journey was a lot simpler than it might have been in any other case!!!

Lastly, DriveNow have provided readers of this publish a particular DriveNow enroll deal – £0 becoming a member of payment and £10 driving credit score.

Thanks #drivenow!

[Disclaimer: DriveNow gave me the use of a mini in order to get to and from the Oxford Half Marathon and agreed to offer readers of this post a special membership signup promotion.  In return I offered to write a post about our DriveNow journey to and from the Oxford Half Marathon.  I was also a happy prior customer of DriveNow.]  

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