Harry here. Today we’re sharing a guest post from RSG reader W. Curtis Preston, an IT analyst and rideshare driver based out of San Diego. I often joke that in two years of UberPool, I have yet to find a single driver who enjoys doing these rides. Curtis saw these comments though and was quick to raise his hand and volunteer to share a guest post on why he actually enjoys Pool rides.
So enjoy this guest post from Curtis and let us know in the comments if you agree with him or not.
A lot of drivers have expressed their concerns with Uber Pool & Lyft Line (which I’ll collectively call pool rides) but I, for one, am a fan of these rides. This was my opinion prior to the detailed ride analysis I will discuss below, and it remains my opinion after the research.
Like other drivers, I think the pay could be better, but I do not believe in the apparently common practice of ignoring pool matches, or turning down pool rides altogether. I believe the dislike for pool rides comes from a misunderstanding of how we actually get paid and a failure to take into account the basic concepts of supply and demand.