One of my first rides ever also happened to be one of my longest fares ever. After a few rounds of fare cuts though, that ride would now pay a lot less. Today, RSG contributor, Christian Perea, takes a look at whether or not these long distance rides are still worth it and what you should consider when accepting or rejecting that 100 mile ride.
There is a story called “The Old Man and the Sea” where an old Cuban fisherman manages to catch a large Marlin but at great cost to himself. It drags him days out to sea in his small boat and by the time he returns, his catch has been eaten by sharks. His magnificent trophy is reduced to a large fish skeleton.
I can’t help but think of this story when I drive back from a long trip with no hope of a return fare. Some trips just take you to the middle of nowhere at the worst of times.
Like fishermen, we talk in parking lots, drive-ins, or on Facebook about our longest rides with the biggest “catch”. Lots of us will even screenshot that long ride and post to Uber/Lyft driver Facebook groups or even the RSG Facebook page.
But now that rates have come down so much, I am not so sure that drivers really benefit from these long distance fares as much as we once did. So lets take a look at some situations where you win and some where you lose. [Read more…]