How To Drive For Uber And Lyft At The Same Time

If you currently only drive for one TNC, you may be wondering why you would ever want to complicate your life by running two services at once.  Well, running two apps at the same time actually increases your chances of getting a request and in turn will increase your earnings.

It’s also a good idea in case there’s a big Uber-like rate drop or one service’s system goes down.  Driving for multiple TNC’s diversifies your income streams and spreads out the risk.

I am not beholden to any of the services and I drive for both Uber and Lyft. I also drove for Sidecar before they went out of business. I prefer driving for the one that puts the most money in my pocket and that varies week to week and sometimes, hour to hour.

So, now that you’re convinced, it’s important to have a process and plan in place when you’re out on the road.  If you don’t, you will waste time, hurt your acceptance rate and basically, driver yourself crazy.

What’s Your Setup Look Like?

It’s pretty easy to run both apps on one device if you know what you’re doing..  In my opinion, anything more than one device is too distracting for the driver and especially the passenger(s).  So, in my setup, I use one device with only one app view-able at a time.

The most important thing I can suggest is to have a mount for your device.  Harry, myself and a lot of other drivers recommend the Kenu Airframe since it hooks to the air vent and is very functional.  I especially find this helpful when it is warm out as it keeps the device cool so it won’t overheat.

You should also try and keep your phone below window level so it isn’t so obvious that you are a rideshare driver to those around you; especially other taxis or police.

Make sure you have a solid Bluetooth headset in order to comply with hands-free laws.  This past weekend, I witnessed bike cops driving between cars at stop lights looking for and giving out cell phone tickets.  Keep that phone on the mount and connected at all times.

I have an in-car Bluetooth system that works really well, but you can also buy visor mounted Bluetooth systems that work just as well.  And of course, you can have in-ear Bluetooth or the old fashioned wired headset as a last resort.

It’s important to save the Uber and Lyft VOIP numbers  into your phone so that you can use voice commands to call your passengers instead of initiating calls from within each app.  I actually need to say ‘Yuber’ in order for my Android phone to understand that I really mean Uber.

Alternatively, you can also setup shortcuts for text messages.  This can be helpful, but I never remember my shortcuts, so I copy a previous text and paste it into the current text field under either my Uber contact or Lyft contact messaging threads.  Play around with your messaging app and figure out the most efficient and safe way to get texts to your passengers.

Starting It All Up

When you are going out to drive, I find it best to restart your phone to give it a fresh slate to work off of.  Running all the apps you need at the same time does put a strain on the phone so you want to clear out all the apps that you won’t need.

I also restart my phone after I take a break so any social media, email, games, etc. I might be using during my break are not active when I go back driving again.  For me this really helps keep the phone running smoothly.

When you’re ready to go back online, open up both Uber and Lyft passenger apps to make sure you aren’t on top of other drivers before going online.  Then open up the Uber Partner app and go online with both Uber and Lyft.  When online with Uber and in the Uber Partner app, an icon will NOT appear in the status bar on Android, but when you are online and in another app, an icon will appear. If you are using an iPhone you will see a blue message at the top of your screen which says “Uber: You Are Online,” if there are nearby surges the message may say “Surge Pricing” and 1.5x instead.

When online with Lyft, you see an icon in the status bar whether you are in or out of the app as long as you are online.  You want to check these icons to make sure they are there when you are online.  If they disappear, this means that the operating system has turned them off.  Same goes for iPhone, if you do not see the blue message when outside the Uber Partner or Lyft app then iOS has turned it off. This is more likely to happen with Lyft than with Uber.

Uber will ask you ever few minutes if you want to stay online if Uber is not the currently viewed app on the phone.  Be aware of this as Uber will take you offline if you don’t respond to these queries.

Putting It All Together

You are now in driver mode on both apps and either in a location where you think you can get a ride or driving to a spot where you think you have a better chance of getting a ride.  Never drive around just to drive around.  This does not give you a better chance to catch a ride.  You should only be moving if you have a ride request, have a passenger or moving to a place that will give you a better chance to catch a ride.  That is it.

An Example With Lyft

Once you get a ride request, you need to accept it.  With Lyft’s new app, it will automatically take you into navigation.  Once that has been done, use your app selector to select the Uber Partner app to go offline and then go back to the Navigation app to drive to your passenger. iPhone users can quickly go to the Uber Partner app by clicking the blue message at the top of the screen.

When following any driving directions, don’t follow navigation blindly.  It is not uncommon for navigation to send you to the alley behind the house instead of the address requested.  It is highly unlikely that someone wants to be picked up in the alley.  As you get close to the pickup point, switch back to the Lyft app as the pin point will give you a more exact position as to where the rider requested the ride.

Hit arrive once you have arrived at the location and note the time.  You want to note the time so you start your own 5 minute clock.  I call after 2 minutes, text after 3 minutes and after 5 minutes, I cancel.  With Lyft, riders don’t keep me waiting so it is an extreme rarity that I have to cancel a ride due to being a no-show.  While you’re waiting, if the rider has already put in a destination, initiate navigation through the Lyft app.  That way, you will be ready to go once they get in the car.

If everything goes as planned, you drop the rider off.  With Lyft, you need to select your app selector and select the Lyft app to end the ride and rate the passenger.  Once you have done this, you will automatically be back online with Lyft.  Select the Uber Partner app to get back online with Uber.

An Example With Uber

When you get a ride request from UberX, accept it and then, before initiating navigation, switch to Lyft to go offline.  Then switch back to Uber and initiate your navigation to the passenger.

The nice thing about the Uber app is that it makes it very easy to get back to the Uber Partner app when you have a ride request.  It does this by using a  little tab on the left hand side that overlays whatever your current app is.  On the iphone Uber sends a notification (make sure notifications for the Uber Partner app are enabled) when you receive a request.  Once you are getting near your destination, hit that tab to return to the Uber Partner app to get the exact location.

Once you arrive, hit arrive.  While waiting for the rider, note whether they have input the destination.  If they haven’t, be ready to get the info from the passenger and be ready to enter it so you can start navigation.

As with the Lyft example, drive to the location using navigation.  Once at the riders destination, hit the Uber tab to return to the Uber Partner app to finalize the ride.  Once that is complete, you will be back online with Uber.  Switch to the Lyft app to go back online with Lyft.

Between Rides

When there are lots of people looking for rides and not enough drivers to go around, life is good.  When you are either in a location where there aren’t many requests or in a location with way too many drivers, you need to relocate.

In order to determine if you are in either of these situations, check the Uber rider and Lyft (in rider mode) apps to see if you are around too many drivers.  Also, check the heat maps in the Uber Partner and Lyft (in driver mode) apps.

You can use both the Lyft and Uber heat map to help you pin point specific points that are busy.  Paying attention to this information without being overwhelmed by it will make you a more effective and profitable driver.

In general, you should play around with the apps until it’s like second nature.  Time is money and a lot of time is saved when you know how to use your devices and your apps efficiently.

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Scott Van Maldegiam

I'm Scott, a full time health benefits consultant and rideshare driver. I spent 11 years working for Motorola and Tellabs using my EE degree and MBA before transitioning into the mortgage industry where I spent 6 years. I then spent 5 years in the cycling industry before transitioning into health insurance.
  • Ellen

    Thanks for the article. Which Navigation app do you use when you are driving for Uber? With Uber if they enter their destination does it migrate into whichever navigation app you are using or do you need to re-type the destination? Do you use the voice/bluetooth to enter destination? Are the Uber and Lyft VIOP numbers different for each pax or is that a different number? Thanks

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      Great questions. I use Google Navigation. I haven’t found a reason to change. It works well. Yes, if they enter the destination address, all you need to do is press the navigate icon and it automatically opens your chosen navigation app without needing to retype the address. I don’t use voice or bluetooth to enter destination as I find it faster to type. I don’t move until I have navigation in place for the riders destination. You, the driver, have a specific Uber and Lyft VOIP number. That number is the same for all calls to or from a rider. Just create a contact with those numbers for Uber and Lyft.

    • Max Rebos

      Galaxy screen to small for gps. I use a real gps

      • Scott Van Maldegiam

        Which Galaxy do you use? I started out with a 4.7 inch screen and that was plenty big for GPS IMHO. My Moto X has a 5 inch screen and works great. I know plenty of people that use an iPhone 5s with only a 4 inch screen and they it works great for them. To each his own, I guess… I find the ability launch navigation without typing in an address invaluable and much more efficient no matter how small the screen would be.

    • Diana Barahona

      Here’s an interesting difference: Waze will keep barking directions at you while you are carrying your passengers; Uber’s default navigation stops the voice while you have passengers. But my Sidecar (Waze) passengers all thought I was ‘awesome’ while my rich Uber passengers didn’t. Still working on my skills!

  • John Legend

    there’s an app called drivebar that makes things easier to switch

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      Thanks for the info. It is a great idea. I don’t know how many people will be interested in rooting their phones, but I do understand why that is necessary. I wish there was a way to communicate an “offline” command to each of the apps, but none of them will be interested in opening their API.

      There are other apps that can provide similar functionality to access each of the apps, but the real power in drivebar is that it will kill the other apps when you receive a ride request. Pretty cool.

      • John Legend

        my phone is not rooted so it doesnt kill the other apps but it does alow me to switch between app easily.

        • Scott Van Maldegiam

          I may have to try that app. Thanks.

    • Max Rebos

      I had a rooted galaxy s4. The uber driver app would not work. It said will not work on rooted phones. Had to unroot to use uber driver app

      • I have a rooted LG G3 and it works fine on my phone 🙂

      • Darris Hawks

        I know this was a long time ago but there are apps to hide your rootedness. Like root cloak.

  • Aaron P

    One day, there will be an all-in-one rideshare app that ends all driver apps. Accepting a ride on one platform would then, deactivate driver mode in the other apps.

    I made the attempt of running 3 apps (Lyft, Sidecar, Postmates) on 2 phones simultaneously, and … after they removed the long-sleeved shirts with buckles, I vowed never again to attempt something so foolish.

    I feel there are enough articles about “quality of strategy” over quantity of apps. to need adding only a single sweetness to my coffee. Taking my eyes off the road is my biggest fear, with the multiple steps of accepting a ride, to move to the next app to deactivate, to go back to the first app to start navigation. Then … they cancel, and you wonder where the pole and bike spokes came from. And the screaming … oh, the screaming…

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      Running multiple apps does take practice and I don’t recommend doing the multiple steps while driving. Once you drop someone off, find a place to wait for your next ride. Once at this location, turn all the services back on if you haven’t already received a request on the one service you are still active on. And after turning all the services on and then receiving a request, don’t move your car until you have the other services offline and you have navigation up and running to your pickup point.

      • Definitely don’t want to be doing all of this while driving! I think moving in-between rides is way over-rated though. I almost always seem to get a pick-up just by being patient. Plus when you’re running 3 apps at once, much better chances too 🙂

  • roodavis

    Are there any mobile app engineers reading, or anyone with insight or inside information, that can deny or confirm that the driver apps actually increase/reduce your “cone or range” based on the amount of time you are online and idle. I drive for both Uber and Lyft and on nights when I go online offline a lot I seem to be less busy, which led me to believe this theory as possible. So I just pick a service and stick with it for a couple hours. If it doesn’t get busy, then I switch off and give the other guys a chance. I do look at both rider apps to gauge where other drivers are hanging out and move around as needed. Fortunately I live in the “hot zone” and initiate most of my rides from home. I have successfully reached my goals with Uber since October and not Lyfted, however with the recent Uber rate drops I am considering trying Lyft again next weekend and not sure if I should try to juggle both or stick with my two hour period routine.

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      I am not a mobile app engineer, but I read a previous post by Harry where he confirmed that Lyft does expand your radius the longer you are online without a ride. I am not sure about Uber. I thought I heard it was always the closest driver, but I have seen situations where it didn’t seem like I was the closest driver.

      My other thought is since you a lot of your rides from home, why not turn on more than one service. That way, you will have a better chance of receiving a request quicker. The other thing to keep in mind is “guarantees”. If you want the comfort of a guarantee, then driving for one is the way to go. Most of the time, it is easy to exceed the Uber guarantees so it makes more sense to driver for more than one in order to maximize revenue.

      Also, you may want to try only driving for Lyft and see what the demand is like. You may find driving for Lyft to be more profitable with the increase in tips.

      Is Sidecar in your area? If so, you may want to give that a try. It is a totally different animal, but in a good way. I have averaged 7% tips on Sidecar (they give us that stat as drivers), which doesn’t include the cash tips.

      Hope that helps.

  • JBoneyBonesMcGee

    How do you deal with switching the branded logos out? Do you stop and do that each time when you’re running both apps? I’ve not tried driving for both yet, but that is the one thing that comes to mind. I’ve got the Lyft card and the mustache. I’m not sure what Uber has you put up to identify yourself.

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      I put all 3 on my windshield. I know other drivers do the same. There is nothing that says you can’t do that. I have seen some that have put them in a line up the passenger side of the windshield and I have seen some that group them together in the lower corner of the windshield on the passenger side. Passengers know that many drivers work for multiple companies and I have never had someone that was put off by it. Hope that helps.

    • Christian Perea

      I was actually thinking about 3D printing a device that can switch between the logos at the push of a button. But then I was lazy.

  • Monika Dean

    Wow….where do I start! I feel like such a dork sometimes with all my technical inabilities these days! I wasn’t always that way, so here are my concerns and questions:

    First, I found the cheapest and easiest phone mount EVER for driving. It’s called Velcro! I’ve had a 1 square inch piece put on the back of my black iphone case for 2 years and it has yet to come off. Then I mounted the other piece on a part of the dash that was black for both my company vehicle and my personal vehicle. No more mounts to snap in & out of and I can mount it wherever I feel like it, not where it is best suited for the mount.

    Second, what is wrong with other seeing I’m a rideshare driver by having my cell phone visible? Is it illegal or frowned upon? When I’m picking up drunks from the club at 2am, I would think the Police probably respect the fact that I’m helping keep at least 1 more person from getting behind the wheel drunk.

    I’m confused about the part “When online with Lyft, you see an icon in the status bar whether you are in or out of the app”?? I have an iphone and there is never any indication on my status bar that my app is open. What I have is that “pulsing’ blue area at the top of my screen that indicates that “Lyft is using your location”, that is all. And that ONLY appears if I’m signed on in driving mode, not if I’m in passenger mode.

    I do have questions if anyone can answer, about “just driving around”. I heard that is not a good idea (for obvious reasons of excess fuel being wasted and needless wear & tear on your vehicle), but I wonder just how the technology works when a customer requests a ride and how quick the “ping” rate is for the app knowing your location. How “big” is that circle of influence is if anyone knows??? Does the app just take the simple “shortest distance” to the customer? Or does it take any account into drive time?

    A little confused about the paragraph discussing once you have arrived to pick up your passenger. Once I arrive, I can’t “initiate navigation” because I would already have to have accepted the passenger on my App and begin driving before doing that step??? Could you clarify?

    Closing comment…..I’ve only EVER seen that “PT” function on Lyft, if it’s what I think PT means, that shows I’m in a zone where there is driver shortage once, and that was in Santa Barbara last night when it was 1:27am. At 1:30, the “pink shaded” area I was in disappeared and didn’t come back… 🙁

    Thanks for your feedback!


    • Hey Monika, a few of the items in this article are not in place anymore since Lyft/Uber are constantly updating their apps/software. But I like the velcro idea 🙂

      Shouldn’t be a big deal anymore to have your phone showing.. Lyft status appears on android but maybe not on iphone. Driving around is a bad idea for the reasons you list and lyft does know exactly where you are since the gps is pretty accurate but they use a combination of time/distance (unlike uber which only uses shortest distance) as explained here:

      The initiate navigation is in reference to once you have the pax in the car and you start navigation to pax destination.

  • Harry May

    I’ve been considering driving for Lyft or Uber and I was not sure which to with. I live the idea of doing both (not sure if Sidecar is available here). This a great easy to follow article for the rookie driver.


    • Start with Lyft, I think they’re better for newbies and you’ll probably enjoy it more than Uber 🙂

      (Lyft also has some great sign-up bonuses right now for certain cities)

      Here are some posts comparing the two:

      • Harry May

        After doing further research I think I may skip Uber altogether. The company seems a bit sleazy and the drivers are getting a bad rep whether deserved or not.

        • Christian Perea

          I recommend driving Lyft first. At least for 30 days before you try Uber. That way when you try it you can take advantage of Ubers “500$ bonus to steal a Lyft Driver” thing. You don’t have to stay with Uber and have any commitment afterwards.

  • Gerson Street King Molina

    Hey Scott, I used your code for sidecar and I completed my 10 rides yesterday . Thanks again and you’re welcome ! lol Gerson

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      Congrats and thanks.

  • Latest Ex-Elle Customer

    Hi, not driving yet for anyone but want to and have a question. Can I use the Navigation system in my car for directions to the passengers and with the passengers in the car to their destination? That would be best for me but would mean there is a female voice telling me which way to turn, etc. Is this cool? Please tell me YES!

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      Yes, you can do that, but it can annoy some passengers. As long as you keep the volume down, it shouldn’t be an issue. With that said, I would suggest using the navigation on your phone. Many riders now enter their destination so all you have to do is tap a button and, Wa-La, you are navigating to either their pick up point or their destination.

      • Latest Ex-Elle Customer

        Well, I for one, do not like looking at a phone while I’m driving. It’s illegal and very dangerous. I can still look straight ahead and use my NAV and get to where I’m going safely and quickly.

        • Christian Perea

          I don’t know how modern your cars GPS is, but generally Gmaps, Waze, and even Apple Maps are better. They are not only constantly updated by millions of passive testers (ie anyone with a smartphone) but they are very seriously going to get you places faster.

          I watched my grandparents try to navigate SF using the nav in their brand new Ford. It was terrible. I had nicotine cravings. It missed construction, accidents, traffic, etc. It was so bad. I eventually had to take over.

          • Latest Ex-Elle Customer

            Again, I don’t do phones and looking down and driving. It is illegal. I have a brand new Mercedes with an amazing NAV. Wave SUCKS here and gets people totally lost far from where they’re supposed to be. I am not a grandparent and know how to use it well. I use it just about daily.

          • Ukelle

            Hmm…not to be rude but if you already know what you want to do why ask for advice from the experienced driver? Obviously it’s encrypted in you that the phone is not an option….

          • K Fox

            It’s almost universally understood that one would MOUNT their phone to use it for Navigation purposes.

    • K Fox

      I drive, and I always use Navigation with the voice turned OFF. I have never ridden with a driver who used their GPS with the sound on. In my opinion it is far better to do it this way, (and just as easy if you re paying attention to driving.)

  • KurtsCash

    I prefer LYFT as a driver but sometimes if I turn off Uber and try to favor LYFT it’ll be 15-30 minutes between calls. 1) Do you ever turn one or the other off ? 2) Or do you just leave them both on (or all 3 in your case) and let the chips fall where they may ? Also I noticed the UBER app takes over your phone regardless to let you know you have a rider waiting — I mean you can be getting a Tornado Warning & an Amber Alert and UBER App will pimp slap that crap right out of the way !!! While the LYFT App is way more quiet and doesn’t even take over the screen many times !!! I wrote to LYFT telling them to stop being weak sauce but got zero response.

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      Yes, there are many times where I will favor one over the other 2. This always comes down to guarantees. If one company is offering a better guarantee than another, then I will just drive for that one company. Also, it can depend on where I want to drive. On Friday nights, they tend to be a bit slow so I will not want to drive 30 miles into the city just to get more rides. Uber has much more demand in the suburbs of Chicago so if they are offering a guarantee on Friday nights, I tend to drive for them. This weekend, I wasn’t offered any guarantees so I will mostly be driving for Lyft this weekend.

      • KurtsCash

        Yes I favor LYFT since they in Los Angeles they hit drivers with the $1- safety fee they should be charging the riders like Lyft does. Also tips etc. and it just seems LYFT is more driver friendly, but if I am waiting 15-30 minutes during a time I blocked off to drive it is frustrating and boring too. I just started realizing I need to know my exact address where I am at all times , i.e. in the 6500 block of north & south street and the 14000 block of the east&west street corners I am sitting at so I know immediately if I need to go left or right or make a U-turn etc. as sometimes the GPS wants us to make 3 right hand turns when a quick U-turn will work better, faster, and save you miles on your car.

  • KurtsCash

    Oh one other question – I live in Los Angeles (Northern County by Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia) and drive to Encino 20 miles/40 miles round trip from my home at .15 cents a mile on my leased car ($3 / $6 per night I drive just to get in a busy area, then add in gas $4 round trip and it is $10 start up fees) … So my initial costs are higher than some, lower than others. SO finally to my question. First week I drove around aimlessly sometimes and others I kept driving right back to the busiest spots , realizing Hollywood is dicey at best as clogged streets and $4- rides really test your patience/resolve — Do YOU recommend always going back to Airport (LAX or Burbank for me) areas or busy spots OR just parking where you are and seeing if you get another call ? When I drive to Hollywood I feel like turning around and leaving asap. Your thoughts on parking it or keep going back (slowly ? LOL) towards hot spots ???

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      I know this won’t help, but… it depends. If you drop someone off in an are that is slow or uncomfortable, then move to the closest busy area. Figure out where the next closest busy are is instead of driving all the way back to the busiest area.

      • KurtsCash

        Yeah last night I was in West Los Angeles, got ride to LAX, dropped guy off and forgot to turn off app as I going to head to Venice Beach and got a call , ended up going to Seal Beach (30 miles further from home) but it was $45 with the tip etc. So it was worth it , but down there I made SURE i turned off Apps until I got close to Venice

  • Eduardo Hernandez

    I am thankful we have someone who’s seems to know what they are doing to guide some of us. As a new driver there is a lot I can learn from someone like you.

  • Karen

    Does anyone know if on uber partner app can i set a destination filter like you do on lyft?

    • No you can not but some drivers will call/text the pax ahead of time and see where they’re going to create their own Uber ‘destination filter’ 🙂

      • Karen

        Are we legally allowed to work for both companies?

      • vacuumation

        Um, Lyft has a destination filter?

        • Yea doesn’t work that well though 🙂 Uber is testing one too so stay tuned..

    • Jared J.

      I’ve noticed just having one trade dress up satisfies pax and police. Every passenger I’ve had knows drivers these days use both, and most interchange between whichever has codes for them. I keep my Uber dress up. Yes, you’re supposed to have both. Will you get caught for not having both? I highly doubt it.

      • That’s a good point. You’re probably just fine with one trade dress for those exact reasons.

  • Jason Roy

    I’m doing both Uber and Lyft. Do you know if it is against any laws or regulations to have both trade dresses on the car at the same time?

  • K Fox

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • Juanita Edwards

    As a new driver, this info has been very helpful to me! 🙂 Thanks!!! 🙂

  • Roy

    Excellent article however, I would like to add a few things. 1. When I get a ride request for either company, I go to the one that I did NOT get a request from FIRST, turn off the app, THEN go and accept the ride. You have about 12 seconds to do this which is usually more than enough time to complete this step. If you don’t have this in your mind, you may forget to turn off the other app and may get a ride request after you have accepted the ride. Now you will have to cancel the ride from one or the other company which is not good for your acceptance rating. Even if you have a great memory, a ride request can come in at any moment on the other app so you want to log off on the other app as soon as humanly possible! 2. Lyft now has a button that is usually on top of all running apps which makes it easier to remember to go offline when you get an Uber request or decide to go for a break. Turn this button on by going to settings and tapping the Driver’s shortcut button. This awesome little button also allows you to accept ride requests and go online and offline more easily by sliding up to the top of your screen. You can ditch the button by sliding down to the bottom right corner of your screen.

  • Corey O’Malley

    Great info!

  • Juan

    Hi to all..! I live in El Paso Texas and i have a lot of questions but I need somebody speak in Spanish. Help me please.!

  • Khris Day Rogers

    I drive for Uber/Lyft simultaneously (Sidecar is not available in my area). If you go into the settings in your Lyft app and put the ‘Driver Shortcut’ on, it keeps Lyft running in the background with a bubble on top of other aps. This allows you to have Uber up and open so that it does not time out, and Lyft will not time out. It’s also a little easier to switch over to turn off if you get an Uber call.

  • Maddie Mahoney

    Very interesting post! Aren’t there conflicts that could arise if you drive for both companies? I’d imagine that if one found out about the other, you’d get fired or at least reprimanded. I am definitely pro-Lyft, so for anyone reading who wants to only drive for one, that is my advice. Also, if you have chosen to go with Lyft, then get going quickly using this link and earn a bonus of up to $1,000 just for getting started and giving your first rides! Go to to make sure you get the bonus!

  • johncooperiii

    With the roadways and spectrum being owned by the public, I believe there should be “cells” of municipally owned platforms on which any TNC would need to license into. this license would spark better operator innovation (über is surprisingly under-innovated). Such innovation would benefit both rider and driver. Before any complaints about gov inefficiency, pls note that unlike healthcare platforms, a true transparent and efficient transportation network is fully doable; and oh yeah, our my company just happens to have that patented tech.

  • Cory

    This may be slightly off topic, but i thought about it while reading your article. When you arive at the location, do you immediately start the trip on Uber, or do you wait until the rider gets into your vehicle?

    • No I wait until they come outside since you only get paid a small amount for waiting time.. Some pax get pissed if you start it early so not really worth it.

      • Cory

        I havent ever started it before a rider got into my car, but was curious if other drivers did it or not. I think you’re right though, not worth having your rider upset to start off. As you have pointed out in another blog how important our ratings are as drivers. Thank you.

    • Nick Kaumans

      The customer gets notified, “your fare has started” so I wouldn’t. Uber actually states you are not permitted to start the fare without the customer unless you call and get their permission.

  • rolandclark

    I actually already do everything this article states

    • Scott Van Maldegiam

      Great minds think alike. 🙂

      • Scott Stevens

        When you run both apps at the same time and your online with both what happens when you get a ride request at the same time on Lyft and Uber? Has this ever happened to you?

  • bsbfankaren

    What about insurance. I use Metromile on the leased vehicle I use for Uber and soon Lyft. Does anyone know if Metromile tracks miles worked on both apps or just Uber.

    • No it only works with Uber miles. Mercury just launched in CA and there is also Farmers that will cover both.

      • bsbfankaren

        I’m in the Seattle area. I’m leasing a vehicle so I suppose I need to find out if I’m required to keep Metromile or if I can switch. Thanks!

  • RJ

    When driving for both services, are there times when it would be beneficial to turn one off? One example would be when Uber is at 2.5 surge in my location, I shut down Lyft until it’s over. Other examples?

    • Yup exactly – if one is surging and the other isn’t, I keep the surging one on and the other off.

  • Scott Stevens

    What happens when you get a ride request on both Uber and Lyft at the same time on both apps?? Have you ever run into this problem?

    • Yea it happens once in a while – I usually take Lyft since you have the option of getting a tip or if one is much closer ETA I take that one and cancel the other.

      • Scott Stevens

        Ok thanks I guess I’ll cancel the Lyft this week because I’m going for the $500 bonus.

  • Ivan

    i just joined Uber, read your great post and want to thank you by using your referal… but they are asking me this (image) because I did it after I applied… can you help me? 🙂

  • DavidGP

    I thought it was OK until today, when I got suspended pending investigation for illegal extra passengers because my Lyft was not offline during an Uber ride, a LyftLine call came in and in my confusion from jumping back and forth, I though it was an UberPool/LyftLine add. Everyone got to their destinations OK, but the Uber rider complained. I am not sure Uber needs drivers enough to cut me any slack, even after many months and rides. A very few other complaints may now become amplified as arguments against me.

    Any suggestions on how to plead my case?

    • Yea I mean you can’t do an UberPool and LyftLine at the same time 🙂 I’d just explain to them it was an honest mistake and see what they say..

      • DavidGP

        After a lot of very artful pleading, I got restored with a stern warning. My best guess is that I neglected to turn Lyft off when I accepted an Uber rider, life on the streets of Phila. being full of distractions, and with Lyft Line, it goes right to navigation with an audio announcement after just a splash of Lyft app at most, so I thought I was picking up Uber Pool, which Uber has been warning us was going to be more automatic. I didn’t see the Lyft name until I got to pickup, and by then had forgotten I was on a Uber. Luckily, the next Lyft Line pickup went by the Uber rider’s destination, so he bailed, but he was a bit ticked.

        My takeaway is that if the rider says he in not in UberPool or Lyft Line, you do not accept the new rider, or you cancel, as that new passenger is a contract violation that Uber/Lyft take very seriously (not sure why so serious, but then I am not minded to game their systems).

  • Lenard Gant

    I have a question. What if you get a pickup request from both uber and lyft at the same time? Is that possible? I have a great acceptance rate from both and was wondering if it’s a possibility to cross that situation. Do you just deny one and accept the other? I would greatly appreciate if someone can answer that question for me

    • It happens occasionally, I will just take the closer request usually or the Lyft one since you can get tipped on Lyft and rates are usually higher. Also, Uber has no acceptance rate penalty anymore so you can ignore requests as much as you’d like (3 ignores though will put you in a 2-15 min. timeout):