Today’s round up is somewhat like a “weekly weird” round up, with a little critique (or observation) of capitalism thrown in. In this round up, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers a suspiciously high cost ride charged to a passenger, a car stolen and possibly used to drive for Lyft, and the fact that Uber’s rise and fall would have happened no matter what. Let us know your thoughts on this round up in the comments!
Are you looking for gifts for a rideshare friend, spouse, or family member? Maybe your family wants to get you something to help you be better or safer rideshare driver, but they have no idea what’s a “good” gift for rideshare drivers. Today, RSG contributor Melissa Berry shares the best, practical gifts for rideshare drivers based on what she’s bought/wanted as a newish rideshare driver.
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If you’ve ever wanted to buy yourself something for rideshare driving, but talked yourself out of it because you didn’t “really” need it, now is the perfect time of year to suggest those items as gifts from your friends and family. But how do you know what’s worth it to buy and what isn’t?
The gift guide below is based on years of experience with the RSG team, and suggestions from readers like you. This is the type of article you’re meant to share: with family, friends, anyone who likes you and wants to support your rideshare driving/entrepreneur life!
Also, these aren’t the typical, regular things all rideshare drivers probably have, like phone mounts or chargers. Many drivers already have those products because they’re the basic necessities to drive (at least, the phone mounts definitely are).
These are the products that your typical rideshare driver either wouldn’t splurge on, or a newish rideshare driver wouldn’t think to get but is still important. What do you think of the suggestions below? Leave your advice in the comments!
Experienced Uber and Lyft drivers know it’s most profitable to drive in blocks of at least a few hours or more since it takes some time to get into a groove, and you can minimize dead miles that way. But what if you only wanted to drive for Uber on your way to and from work or while running errands around town?
Uber’s had a destination filter for a while now that lets you set a specific destination and only get rides headed in that direction – but it might double or even triple your commute time. So when Uber announced they’d be adding a new feature called Arrival Times (a time component to the destination filter), I was excited to try it out. I came up with a new driving strategy based on this new feature, where we can set a destination and an arrival time.
I work from home so I don’t have an office that I commute to every day, but I do travel all around Los Angeles. For the past few months, I’ve been turning on my destination filter nearly every time I leave the house to see how much I could earn.
During the course of my experiment, I made 26 commutes, matched with at least one rider 17 times and earned $116.99 after expenses. The total earnings from this experiment weren’t huge, but I did earn over $30 per hour if you averaged out all of my trips.
Let’s dive into the numbers and see how it looks:
Many of our writers drive in California or other big cities across the country, and today we wanted to feature a comparison between a big market and small market. What are drivers earning in big markets vs. small markets? Do small markets offer better opportunities in different areas for drivers? We had RSG contributors Jay Cradeur (big market) and Joe Pierce (small market) go head to head to see how the markets differ – and how drivers can take advantage of their markets no matter where they’re located.
Today we are going to look at the differences between working in a big market and working in a small market. Specifically we will look at the different bonus structures that are available in each market type.
We will be comparing bonuses in San Francisco and Minneapolis, where both Uber and Lyft compete with each other for drivers’ attentions. Jay Cradeur will share his driving experience in San Francisco, and Joe Pierce will share his driving experience in Minneapolis.
It’s an all-Lyft weekly update this week! Lots of good news on the Lyft front, including how quickly Lyft is capitalizing on Uber’s stumbles and gaining traction. Could Lyft overtake Uber? We’re far from that for now, but this week’s round up gives us a lot to consider! Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers all the latest Lyft news, including a new investment, new VP, and new partnership with medical transport.