Harry here. There’s been a lot of talk lately about Uber’s treatment of its drivers, yet a lot of it leaves out one of the simplest solutions: if you’re an unhappy Uber driver, you can always go drive for Lyft.
Now, you may not think that this is an option in your city, but as today’s guest poster found out, you could be wrong. Today, RSG reader Tim Reinhart found out just what it’s like to give up Uber for a week and stick it out with Lyft. The results may surprise you..
Like most of you, I run the Uber app on top to avoid having to say “yes I want to stay online” every 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Lyft runs silently and patiently in the background like a well trained pet sleeping at my feet, ready to jump to attention at a moment’s notice.
On a typical day, Uber pings first. So I turn Lyft off. Deliver Uber pax. Turn Lyft on, Uber pings again, turn Lyft off, deliver pax, lather, rinse and repeat.
At the end of the day, Uber has been “on” for the entire time, and Lyft has only been on between pings. When I got a Lyft ping, I was clumsy with the app, since I wasn’t used to it, and I kept mixing up the balloon with the arrow and wasn’t sure which way to turn between ping and the map launching.
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Lyft was starting to be regarded by me as Uber’s ugly little duckling with a great personality. But one day I wanted to see if that duckling could become a swan. It was a Sunday and I had been noticing the difference between the typical Uber pax and the typical Lyft pax. I was slowly realizing that I liked the latter a lot better. [Read more…]