I'm a driver for Uber and Lyft - here are 10 things I wish I knew before starting the job
- I started driving for Lyft and Uber to earn extra money at the beginning of this year.
- The job is different from what I expected, and in that time, I've learned a lot about driving and even more about myself.
- These are the 11 things I wish I had known before I started driving strangers in my car for money.
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
A long time ago, I thought seriously about becoming an Uber and Lyft driver. It was a big decision to make, and left me with many questions, and hardly any way to find the answers.
Would the people be weird? Is it safe? What is it really like? Would I make a profit? Would it be worth it?
You read outrageous Uber and Lyft headlines where some drivers are harmed by passengers. You also hear about how much money an Uber and Lyft driver can make in a short time. It left me curious, and really wondering what was real, and what was overblown.
Needing to make some money for my upcoming wedding, I eventually convinced myself I could do this. The next day, I signed up for Uber and Lyft.
I've learned a lot about driving since then. And through trial and error, I've found out a lot myself, too. While some of the things I've learned are specific for only certain regions, other aspects of the job are universal.
Here are 11 things I wish I knew before starting driving for Lyft and Uber.
To make the most money possible, you need to avoid traffic.
Good things come to those who wait. Don't drive around looking for a ride — let the ride come to you.
The closest driver to a passenger usually gets the next ride. Position yourself accordingly.
Contrary to popular belief, the airport queue is generally not worth waiting in.
You need to take breaks often, for your health and for your sanity.
The secret to a high rating — and more tips — is having a clean car, offering a good phone charger, and driving safe.
You don't have to lose money driving back home at the end of a shift — you can get paid for it.
Uber Pool and Lyft Shared rides don't pay you as much as you think, and are hardly worth it for the driver
At first I thought I would like driving for Lyft more, but it turns out I enjoy driving for Uber more.
Driving around complete strangers and meeting new people is, surprisingly, very fun and rewarding.
- A Google engineer of 8 years says his 'spidey-senses' detected incoming layoffs — and felt 'isolated' when his 'faceless' severance email arrived
- A Google employee of 11 years says he and his wife stared at each other in 'disbelief' when they realized they'd both been laid off by the company
- A Google recruiter says he discovered he'd lost his job after a call with one of his candidates suddenly disconnected
- Google may release Pixel Tablet Pro with Tensor G2 chip
- BMW launches its 3rd gen BMW X1 in India
- YouTube Music on the web gets mood filters
- Premium segment contributed 35% of overall smartphone market revenue in 2022
- US industry urges FM to rationalise, simplify direct and indirect taxes in India