In this episode, we’re going to take a deep dive into the world of rideshare driving with a driver in Los Angeles. If you’ve ever wanted to learn what a day in the life looks like for a high-earning ($30-35/hr) driver (and get his tips!), this is the episode for you.

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    • Today I’m chatting with Sergio, a rideshare driver with 5 years experience in LA and frequent commenter here
    • You may notice in the comments that Sergio never fails to ask the tough questions, and I appreciate that
    • For a long time, Sergio was hesitant to share his strategies for driving, but I was finally able to get him on the show!
    • Sergio is also a driver coach, so if you have questions or want tips on being a better driver, check out our Rideshare Coaching page
    • Our newest sponsor is Zum! Zum is a rideshare service for kids – drivers can earn up to $32/hr and many make $750 a week. Check out Zum here!

    Interview with Sergio Avedian

    • Has been driving for 3 years with Uber and Lyft, around 5,000 trips
    • Drives in Los Angeles – with price cuts, drives less now
    • Finance degree and worked for a Wall Street firm for 18 years
    • Teaches golf

    Sergio’s Driving Philosophy

    • Not a 9-to-5 job – understand that
    • Drive when there is demand – set your own parameters
    • If you drive full-time, try to split your shifts and take advantage of surge

    Airport Driving Strategy

    • Try to avoid the queue!
    • Keep an eye on scheduled rides to the airport – check your app and pick up scheduled rides
    • Tries to keep himself in the core of the city after rides to the airport
    • Get to know business travelers

    A Day in the Life of an LA Driver

    • Lives outside of the city, uses the destination filter to get into the city
    • Makes sure to treat driving as a small business
    • Doesn’t chase any bonuses – tries to work only during surge
    • Would rather take one passenger for a higher rate than taking many pax in 1 hour

    Additional Driving Strategies

    • Uses two phones to see where it’s surging
    • Waits for surge to build – takes a break, gets a coffee
    • Uses destination filters to get downtown, even when working night shifts (burn all of your destination filters)

    Thoughts on Uber and Lyft

    • Push to become profitable
    • The only way they can be profitable? At the drivers’ expense
    • Cut rates for drivers – writing is on the wall
    • Recommends drivers not accept everything Uber/Lyft throws at them – be thoughtful about how you drive and maximize your earnings


    • Big thanks to Sergio for coming on the podcast, I definitely learned a lot about his strategies – remember: patience is key!
    • Even with the rate cuts, Sergio is still earning $30-35/hr – goes to show you if you employ the right strategies, you can keep your earnings up
    • Don’t forget to check out our page on Rideshare Coaching if you’re interested in being coached by Sergio or Jay
    • Also, check out Zum – Zum is a rideshare service for kids – drivers can earn up to $32/hr and many make $750 a week. Check out Zum here!

    Show Notes

    If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here.

    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.