Today we have a guest post from Adan Castillo, who we recently had on the Rideshare Guy podcast sharing his experience with the Maximum Ridesharing Profit course. Adan had so many great tips and strategies for drivers that we couldn’t cover it all, so I asked Adan for a guest post with his best driving strategies. Adan shares his strategies, including avoiding the surge, and how to get the best spot (and money!) after an event.
Passengers and drivers alike recently found out that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to cover up a data breach that compromised the driver and rider accounts of at least 57 million people. We also found out that Uber kept this information secret for more than a year. So how bad is this data breach and what should you do about it? Today, senior RSG contributor Will Preston covers the breach, how it affects drivers and riders, and what you should do today to protect yourself.
Depending on where you read about the Uber data leak, combined with what you already think about Uber’s ethics, you may be anywhere from mildly concerned to completely outraged. As a person who has made most of his living protecting other people’s data, I am much closer to the latter than the former. I will explain why I am so outraged, and give some advice on what to do.
Note: You can read Uber’s official statement about the hacking incident here.
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Driving for Uber on Thanksgiving
Experienced rideshare drivers know the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights of the year.
It’s the only 24 hour period in the year where pretty much everyone has to be around their extended family, and that includes thousands of part-time drivers who would normally be crawling the roads. It seems counter-intuitive that the night before Thanksgiving would be the busiest night of the year, since it seems like everyone would be laying low. Let’s take a look at why that’s not necessarily true.
As rideshare drivers, it’s really important to have insurance – both auto and health. With all the driving we do, even if we drive part-time, statistically we’re more likely than average drivers to be involved in an accident. Luckily, there are affordable options out there for drivers. Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea shares his experience getting health insurance using Stride Health
Stride Drive is one of our affiliate partners but they didn’t pay us for any of this. This is a testimony from my direct personal experience because they did such an excellent job at simplifying open enrollment for me last year and probably helped save my life. (Christian’s life. Not Harry’s. Harry is fine.)
It’s open enrollment season again. That wonderful time of the year where I have to figure out how to see a doctor without also having to sell a kidney (or by holding a real doctor hostage in my Uber until they write me a prescription). Fortunately though, this is the first year since I became an independent contractor that I’m not stressing out thanks to Stride Health.
If you are new to driving full-time and don’t have another means to health insurance, you need to know now that you are legally an independent contractor, and you must buy YOUR OWN insurance. Assuming you don’t qualify for Medicare or something else, legally you have to buy insurance or pay a penalty at tax time.
While it’s not an increase in pay, a streamlined app with input from drivers could go a long way to improving the driver experience. Today, RSG contributor Jay Cradeur shares his perspective on Uber app improvements that would improve the driving experience, making it safer and and easier for drivers. Do you agree with these improvements or have suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments!
Recently I shared improvements I would like to see in the Lyft app. I focused on Lyft first, primarily because I drive for them and am most familiar with the Lyft app. However, in order to give a balanced perspective, I’ve been driving solely for Uber. This actually has been a pretty good thing, as you can see from the pay summary below.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed there are some opportunities for Uber to improve its app, too. Here’s what Uber gets right, and wrong, in its app and how it could improve the app experience for drivers.