It looks like Uber’s search for a new CEO is not going so well, but the difficulty in finding a replacement (if that’s truly the case) for Travis looks to be more complicated than just “internal divisions.” Could Travis come back to Uber in some capacity? Is he engineering his re-hiring? In today’s round up, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers the hold up for finding a TK replacement, an article about Uber being “too expensive” for passengers, and Uber cars catching fire.
In addition to being long drives that usually take you out of the city, airport rides can be plain boring. All that waiting in line, waiting for your passenger to find you – it’s enough to make some drivers swear off airport rides. Not so with Dean! Today, guest post contributor Dean Lee shares his strategies on making the most out of airport rides. Got a great guest post idea? Click here to contact me.
You know the experience. Pick up a ride request early in the morning or early evening and head to the airport. After you drop off your ride, you decide to jump in line at the designated holding area to wait for arrivals.
Or perhaps you just start your day or evening at the airport waiting for a request. Yep, it’s great. Simple, right? Get in line and wait for that ping. And wait… and wait… and wait.
Airports can be a great source of rides that generally pay out better than other rides. That said, does it make sense to wait one, two or three hours for the next ride request? What are you missing out on driving elsewhere during this time? Is this the most effective use of your time? In some cities, Uber is bypassing the line in favor of pre-match and re-match.
However, when you are riding the airport wave, it pays to be smart about using airports by doing some simple homework. Know your market, understand traveler habits, and ride the waves of opportunity.
Before we get to the how, let’s look at the basics.
If you’ve been driving for a while, you know probably know a lot of the driver lingo for Uber and Lyft: Surge, Quest, Boost, pinging, TOS, etc. But if you’re a new driver, these terms can be confusing. There’s no official Uber or Lyft manual (although you can check out our Ultimate Guides to Uber and Lyft!), so it’s not like you can even look up what all this stuff means.
Luckily for us, senior RSG contributor John Ince has been collecting rideshare abbreviations for us for a while and has put together the Ultimate Guide to Rideshare Driver Lingo. If you’ve ever wondered what a TCP is, or why anyone would “pee in the POOL”, John has you covered. Did we miss any lingo? Leave a note in the comments and, if it’s a good one, we’ll add it to this list!
We’ve made a bunch of updates to our rideshare insurance page over the past few months, so today I wanted to re-post it so that if you’re looking for rideshare insurance, you can easily learn about the options in your state. There are still a few states that don’t have rideshare-friendly options, but there are new options being added every week so be sure to check back frequently.
If you’ve never seen this page before, having adequate auto insurance coverage is very important. As rideshare drivers though, you need to be especially mindful that you understand the risks and insurance limits in your state. There are many states where there isn’t an officially recognized rideshare insurance policy and, although you may still be covered by Uber/Lyft, your personal insurer may drop you for being a rideshare driver.
Why Do I Need Rideshare Insurance?
Uber and Lyft only cover rideshare drivers during Periods 2 and 3. Period 2 starts once you accept a ride request and are en route to your passenger, and Period 3 starts once your passenger gets into your car. BUT when you’re online and waiting for a request during Period 1, you have no collision coverage from Uber or Lyft and much lower liability limits. So as a rideshare driver, you’re most at risk during Period 1 since you won’t get any collision coverage from rideshare companies and your personal insurer likely won’t cover you during this time either.
Rideshare insurance solves this gap by covering drivers during Period 1, and additionally they won’t drop you for being a rideshare driver. Some policies will even cover you during Periods 2 and 3 so you won’t be subject to Uber’s $1,000 collision deductible and Lyft’s $2,500 collision deductible.
I’ve covered this issue extensively, so if you want to brush up on the current state of rideshare insurance, here are some resources for you to review:
- Why Do I Need A Rideshare Insurance Policy?
- How To Handle Insurance After An Accident
- Rideshare’s Little White Lie
- Podcast: Everything You Need to Know About Rideshare Insurance
- Youtube Video: What Do Drivers Need to Know About Rideshare Insurance?
- All of our insurance articles
Over the past year, almost all of the major carriers have begun offering rideshare insurance policies for drivers. This is great news since we no longer need to worry about being dropped by our insurance company, if we insure with a rideshare-friendly insurance company.
But changing insurance is obviously not a simple matter since many of us have policies across our homes, other cars, etc. My hope is that one day all major carriers will offer rideshare-friendly policies but, until then, drivers will have to either switch insurers or assume the risk of going without a rideshare friendly policy.
I’d like to know what your current insurance situation looks like so please fill out this anonymous poll.
This post will continue to be updated with insurance information for each of the markets, but if you have conflicting info or would like to add to this page, please leave a comment below. Additionally, if you have an agent that you’d like to personally recommend, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with their contact info.
Most drivers don’t offer snacks and candy but Cargo is a new start-up that provides drivers with a vending machine-box full of snacks (and other goodies) and pays drivers to hand out or sell these goodies to passengers. Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea breaks down how Cargo works and how you get paid. Want to sign up with Cargo? Use our link here.
Cargo is a startup based in New York that is launching a vending machine-box full of snacks and supplies for passengers (many of which are free!). They send a “Cargo” box along with anything that goes inside it to drivers. Drivers then earn money on the side by being paid for whatever is sold or given away through the Cargo box. Basically, instead of paying for a bunch of snacks to increase your tips and ratings, Cargo will send you everything you need AND pay you in the process. You also get some free snacks for yourself 😉