Harry here. In general, I’ve found it better to work at night, especially weekend nights, because you can usually guarantee on bar hoppers and club goers to request an Uber or Lyft ride all throughout the night. However, not everyone can (or wants to) drive at night, so today, senior RSG contributor John Ince compares day time driving to nighttime driving to see which one truly comes out on top.
Harry here. Uber announced a pretty interesting pay raise to drivers in 8 states, and it could potentially have a big impact on how drivers are classified in the future. However, it’s just a test, so we’ll have to see how it pans out! Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea outlines what this pay increase is for and its potential impact on drivers in the future.
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Last week, Uber announced a 5 cent per mile pay increase in eight states in order to fund Driver Injury Protection insurance. Uber announced they are testing this in partnership with OneBeacon and Aon as a pilot program that could eventually expand to other states. Drivers in these states will be able to signup for injury protection and pay into a fund OR simply collect an extra $0.05/mile. That’s obviously not a huge pay increase but every little bit counts 😉
The program is unique because it shows how Uber may pilot other driver pseudo-benefit programs in the future. On-demand work has often been criticized because there are no traditional workplace protections for those who get injured on the job. This seems to be a good way to offer full-time drivers something valuable while allowing part-timers to opt-out.
Drivers who elect to opt-in to Driver Injury Protection will pay $.0375 cents/mile for every mile they have an Uber passenger in their car (on trip miles). However, the Driver Injury Protection is active the entire time that the driver is logged into the Uber app, even when they are waiting for a request. Drivers who do not signup will still enjoy the increase $0.05 increase in per mileage earnings.
The rate increase of $0.05/mile and option for Driver Injury Protection will be effective in the following states:
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
Uber says they plan to test the pilot in these states before expanding to other markets. Hopefully, if the pilot succeeds, Uber and their partners will be able to expand this to other markets and bring a small pay increase my way. Again, every little bit counts right?
Harry here. Driver safety is a real issue, especially for those of us who drive late at night. And even though the odds of something happening are low, since Uber does millions of trips a day, it’s always best to be prepared. Today, RSG contributor Curtis Preston recounts a recent ‘scary’ experience and what he could have done to handle it better.
Have you ever wondered what you would do, or what you should do, if a passenger sets off your Spidey sense? I had a situation last weekend that put me in this position. At the time I thought I handled it all right, but now I know I could’ve handled better. Worse, I almost handled it really poorly – based on what the sheriff’s department said when I spoke to them.
There are countless stories of rideshare safety incidents in the media these days and driver safety is a topic I get a lot of questions about from new drivers. And even though the odds of something happening while driving are low since Uber does millions of trips a day, it’s still a real fear for some drivers.
Today’s guest is an Uber and Lyft driver and safety expert. Ben Branam has devoted his entire career to various driving and protection type jobs. He’s served in the military, driven big rigs and now runs a blog and podcast all about self protection.
If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here.
Harry here, We’ve partnered up with GetDismissed.com to help drivers fight traffic tickets in California. Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea covers a basic strategy for fighting tickets in CA. If you would like to sign up for their service using our link, you can save $10 by using the code RSG10.
Traffic tickets suck, but I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. It always seems that I spend an entire day on the road watching other people break traffic laws: speeding, texting, stopping in the red zone, swerving in lanes while checking their Facebook status and all with no interference from the cops!
In fact, I once tried to let a cop into traffic as he was trying to exit a Shell station. Traffic was bumper to bumper and nobody would let him in. I waved for him to go since I’m a nice guy (and prefer that he be in front of me). He then waved for me to go first and once I did, the cop pulled me over for having an “illegal light” which just so happened to by my Lyft Glowstache. It took him 45 minutes to write the ticket, and my passengers and I watched Dodgeball in my car while he tried to figure out what law I broke.
(FYI, Lyft may pay this ticket for you if you call their Trust and Safety Line and it’s not a moving violation.)