A Driving Force

. November 6, 2012.
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What do you do if you can’t get away from work, but your little girl needs to get to her ballet class? Would your son miss his soccer practice if a special project
came up on the job? Now you don’t have to choose between disappointing your child or crossing your fingers, while hoping that a neighbor can drop them off. Kids Kruiser is coming to the rescue.

“Kids Kruiser is a premium taxi service for kids. We provide safe, affordable and reliable transportation,” said the company’s founder Angela McCommons, an Ypsilanti Township resident. Youngsters age three and up are eligible for the door-to-door service. “A lot of parents lack stability in their jobs,” she explains. “Parents call us when they’re in a pinch.” McCommons, who said she started her first job at 12, understands what it's like to juggle a busy schedule. Before she began her business, she worked as an engineer at Chrysler. When her daughter was born, she decided
to try life as a stay-at-home mom. Then the phone messages came. “My colleagues who were still working full time would call me and ask me to pick up their kids,” she said. “It came to be a regular thing.” She decided to turn driving children into
a business. “I have a daughter, she says. “Because I have a kid-friendly job, I’m able to spend time with her.” Today, Kids Kruiser has three drivers, including McCommons. “We’re moms too,” she said.

Taking the worry out of waiting

Parents considering the service should visit the Kids Kruiser website and complete the online registration form. “We call you and make an appointment to meet you at a public place – at the library or Starbucks,” she says. Kids and parents are introduced to the drivers and have a chance to review the employee’s driving record, licenses and background clearance. Parents sign a transportation agreement and pay a registration
fee. The uniformed drivers chauffer the children in one of the business’ 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivans. The cars are decked out with vehicle entertainment systems so kids can watch movies on the way. Books are also on board to keep the little ones occupied. You won’t have to worry if everything is running smoothly. Kids Kruiser provides a text notification to parents when their child arrives at his/her destination.

McCommons loves her work. “The three year olds come up to me and give me a hug,” she explains. It’s very different from her old job as an engineer.

“You know, when you have a child things change, so I think I do miss it (her old job) but I’m in a different life as a mom now,” she says. “I’m still connected to cars by
doing transportation. I enjoy driving and I enjoy kids.”

Rates for the service vary for $2-$15 with an annual registration fee of $25 per family. For more info about the service, visit www.kidskruiser.com