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I’ve always preferred driving for Lyft over Uber. Maybe it’s because I signed up for Lyft all the way back in 2014 and, at the time, they were all about the driver experience. Lyft was throwing parties for its drivers, setting new drivers up with a mentor ride and drivers could get tips in the app! It felt a lot less like work and a lot more like fun.
My first experience with Uber was with a recruiter who was trying to get me to sign up as quick as possible so we could both cash out on a $500 bonus for doing just one ride. Not the most welcoming experience, but the money was definitely nice!
Over the years though, Lyft has cut back on some of the programs and initiatives that made them stand out while Uber, especially with their 180 days of change campaign, is making huge strides to improve the driver experience. I never would have guessed that Uber would add a tipping option to their app, but they surprised me big time with that announcement and have continued to make significant positive changes ever since.
So what are the real differences between Uber and Lyft in 2017?