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While Some Ridesharing Services Are Under Fire for Their Driver Screening and Background Checks, One Company is Going the Extra Mile

CLEVELAND, Dec. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BeMyDD (Be My Designated Driver), the nation's largest designated driver service, goes the extra mile when it comes to driver screening and background checks so it can ensure the best, safest experience for its customers.

BeMyDD offers another option to ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft with a range of affordable services where professional, experienced drivers operate the customer's own vehicle, priced at pre-determined rates free of surge pricing or other surprise fees.

While some ride sharing services have come under fire for careless background checks, BeMyDD is setting the industry standard. Before BeMyDD refers any driver, it completes a comprehensive background screening that includes:

• Three nationwide database searches
• County-by-county residential search covering the driver's entire adult life
• Pedophile search
• Social security number trace
• Driver license check

The average age of a BeMyDD driver is 51 and the company requires drivers to be at least 25 years of age, have previous professional driving experience and complete an in-person interview. Many drivers hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). BeMyDD provides primary insurance while operating its customers cars with comprehensive collision which includes theft protection as well as a US$2 million commercial auto policy that covers its customer's vehicles and rental cars if a BeMyDD referred driver is at fault.

"The safety of our service and the quality of the experience are paramount at BeMyDD," said Arthur Simanovsky, president and CEO of BeMyDD. "In our industry, we are setting the standard for background checks and we want our customers to know that we take this issue very seriously."

To ensure a "white glove" customer experience, BeMyDD operates a U.S. based customer service center that clients can contact to make reservations, confirm details, and ask questions about the service or a driver. The service center operates 9AM to midnight EST Sunday through Thursday, and 9AM to 2AM EST Friday and Saturday. Customers are also able to request specific drivers whom they have hired in the past with BeMyDD. Additionally, women are able to request a female driver if they so prefer.

BeMyDD provides two distinct services. With the Personal Driver Service, a professional driver arrives at client's home, chauffeurs the client anywhere they want go using the client's own car, making multiple stops if necessary. The driver waits in the car and takes client back home when they are ready. Rates for the Personal Driver Service range from US$14-US$19.50 per hour depending on geography. With the Pick-Up Service, a client has driven to a location, but does not want to drive home and contacts BeMyDD. The company dispatches two professional drivers to take the client and their car home. Rates for the Pick-Up Service are US$25 for car pick-up + mileage.

Reservations can be made through BeMyDD.com, calling +1 (877) U BeMyDD (823 6933), or by downloading and using the mobile app (iOS and Android).

About BeMyDD

BeMyDD (Be My Designated Driver) is the nation's largest designated driver service currently operating in 76 markets in 31 states. This convenient, safe, reliable and affordable alternative transportation service provides a chauffeur at a discounted rate by driving the customer's automobile. Professional, experienced drivers are fully background screened, interviewed and insured by ByMyDD and wear formal business attire. BeMyDD was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH. The company has national partnerships with leading liquor and wine companies such as CÎROC and Brown-Forman to promote social responsibility. To schedule a professional driver, go to BeMyDD.com, call +1 (877) U BeMyDD (823 6933), or download the mobile app. To learn more, visit www.BeMyDD.com and follow us on Facebook; LinkedIn; Google+; YouTube and Twitter.

CONTACT: Michael E. Donner EVP, Chief Marketing Officer mdonner@BeMyDD.com +1 (877) 823 6933

Source: BeMyDD