Drivers have always looked for ways to connect with other drivers – from old school meet ups in airport parking lots to city-specific Facebook groups, drivers want and need to talk to each other. Uber and Lyft don’t make this easy, and the current pandemic adds another layer of difficulty. Below, senior RSG contributor Paula Gibbins outlines ways drivers can connect with one another, including Uber driver forums, voice communication apps and more.
Ridesharing can be a lonely gig. Passengers are often absorbed in their phones or their own conversations, and other drivers are scattered across town, each in their own car.Since Uber and Lyft are app-based, there’s no lounge area for drivers to socialize with each other.
Here are the Rideshare Guy, we know there are benefits to drivers being in contact with each other and able to express themselves in a forum or other kind of community setting.
For new drivers, this is especially true. Veteran drivers can also recommend things like clean 24-hour bathrooms, good spots for meals, and other local secrets that even the best rideshare blog might not be able to tell you, though we do try our best by engaging with our readers by answering as many questions as we’re able, sending out surveys and polls to make sure we know what you want and are thinking!
Staying connected could put all drivers in a more powerful negotiating position when it comes to fighting unpopular policies like rate cuts. Many observers point to lack of driver organization to explain why Uber keeps getting away with paying less and less. If more drivers simply stayed in touch with one another, they could quickly become a force to be reckoned with.
Fortunately in the internet age, it’s actually pretty easy. Here are six ways you can start connecting with your fellow drivers today!
1. Rideshare Groups on Facebook
There’s a wide assortment of driver groups on Facebook. Some are dedicated to drivers in a specific area, while others are more general. For a list of rideshare groups, check out Harry’s list here, or use Facebook’s search bar to find out if there’s one specific to your area. If not, why not start one? It’s free, and it only takes a few minutes.
If you advertise it well, it just might take off! If you are part of a group that’s not on our list, shoot us an email and we’ll be sure to add it in.
Keep in mind, with Facebook groups, there might be a list of rules for you to follow, such as no personal business advertising or things of that nature. As long as you follow the rules listed for each one, you’ll be able to see other people’s posts, create posts of your own and save conversations that you might want to reference later on.
2. Rideshare Driver Forums
Facebook isn’t the only way to stay in touch. For those of you that prefer to stay off the Facebook grid, there are other options:
Uber Driver Forum on Reddit
If you’re not familiar with Reddit, it’s essentially an online forum where users can post text, links, and threaded replies. Then, other users can vote on each piece of content that gets posted. Content with a lot of up-votes floats to the top, and content with a lot of down-votes sinks to the bottom. You can filter what you see first by how many votes it’s gotten in the last day, week, month, and so forth – or you can use the search bar to find answers to specific questions.
There’s an Uber-driver-specific subreddit on the site that is chock full of information that could be helpful to you as a driver. Everything from new features discovered to app malfunctions to payouts from lawsuits are posted on the Uber Driver’s Subreddit.
Lyft Driver Forum on Reddit
Not surprising, there’s a Lyft driver subreddit as well. Like the Uber one, this has drivers posting day and night about their experiences, asking for help and posting news articles related to the rideshare gig. You can easily join in on the fun or just be a casual observer if you’re not ready to post anything yourself.
Delivery Driver Forum on Reddit
In addition to rideshare forums, there’s even one specific to delivery drivers. If you’re not part of the ridesharing side of things (or if you do both rideshare and delivery), you can find your people on the delivery side to continue learning and growing as a delivery driver for any app.
3. Voice Communication Apps
While online options are great for communicating from home, it can also be nice to have a coworker to chat with during long waiting periods – or even to give real-time updates on road conditions or other happenings in your local area. For this, some drivers use walkie-talkie apps to stay in touch on the road. The two most popular ones are called Voxer and Zello, respectively.
Harry has a great podcast on the topic which explains how you can leverage these systems to everyone’s benefit. To listen and/or read a summary, check out the post here.
You can utilize the Facebook and Reddit options listed above to find a couple of drivers who you’d be comfortable being in communication with while on the road.
It’s also a great option if you and your spouse or partner drive at the same time so you can organize breaks or figure out when to head home for the day without texting.
4. Popular Waiting Spots
If the technical approach is too daunting, there’s a simpler way to connect – in person! Most cities have at least a couple spots where rideshare drivers are never in short supply – usually by popular bars or hotels, or especially in designated waiting areas at the airport. Strike up a conversation with fellow drivers who are hanging out there to exchange advice, or just funny passenger stories! In my experience, no driver is ever short on those.
While this may be more difficult in the age of COVID, and fewer drivers hanging out near bars or airports, this method to meeting other drivers isn’t gone entirely. Keep an eye out for the Uber and Lyft decals on cars, and remember to wear your mask, then wave and introduce yourself.
It’ll be a nice break in the day when you can just hang out with people you can relate to without worrying about if you’ll get a tip or not.
5. Other In-Person Meetups
If approaching other drivers at a pick-up spot makes you uncomfortable, there are other options you can consider. In most large cities, Uber has a dedicated support office or Greenlight Hub. This is a great place to run into drivers and strike up a conversation.
If you drive for Lyft, you might be aware that they have occasionally organized local meetups for drivers to hang out and socialize, though these might be the way of the past thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Lyft also has their own Hubs, similar to Uber’s where you can get questions answered by Lyft representatives and bump into other drivers like yourself.
In addition, you can even organize your own meetup and publicize it in your local Facebook group or forum. You can also search Facebook for upcoming events that others have organized. These mixers are a great way to connect and make friends with your coworkers, and pick up some driving tips you might not have thought up yet.
You will want to make sure Uber/Lyft has re-opened the Hub closest to you before driving over to it.
6. Take a Ride as a Passenger
This is actually Harry’s number one piece of advice for new drivers since it’s a quick and easy way to talk to a real driver in your area.
We get a lot of emails from RSG readers asking specific questions and although we can often provide good general advice, no one knows your city better than a local driver. So, whether you want to learn about earning potential for a driver in your city or just meet another driver, consider taking a ride as a passenger.
Amazon Flex Driver Forums and Facebook Groups
- There is a Flex Drivers Forum app available, though the reviews are not great. A large part of the complaints include issues with too many advertisements, but the app creator says they have addressed this in their most recent update.
It is not run by Amazon, but is listed as a social app and is meant to be a live conversation from Flex drivers all over the world.
2. On the website Uber People, there is a forum dedicated to Amazon Flex drivers here. It’s real Amazon Flex delivery drivers sharing stories, asking questions and finding answers.
3. The Amazon Flex Drivers Facebook page is a private one where you have to actively join the group in order to participate. It currently has 15.4K members, so you’re likely to hit a gold mine if you join and participate.
DoorDash Driver Forums and Facebook Groups
- The National Doordash Driver Forum on Facebook has 4.8K members currently and allows you to read posts without having to join. If you want to post, then you will have to join the group, but you can just start off by being a bystander.
2. Similar to Amazon Flex, there’s also a DoorDash forum on UberPeople.net and people are using it to make connections with fellow delivery drivers, talk about delivery versus passengers, benefits (or the lack thereof) and more.
Instacart Driver Forums and Facebook Groups
- Reddit has an Instacart Shoppers subreddit where the shoppers (often another name for their delivery drivers) can post about their experiences and ask questions of those with more experience or to just have an open conversation about Instacart as a whole.
- It’s not the most active page out there, but there is an Instacart Workers facebook page focusing on all those who work for Instacart in some way, shape or form.
How to Create Your Own Rideshare Community
Of course, if you don’t find any groups you like or none exist for your city, you could step up and create your own! It’s super easy (and free) to set up a Facebook group for your area. You can be as inclusive or exclusive as you like so that only people actively rideshare driving or delivering in your city can be part of your group.
If this is the route you take, you could consider making up a batch of business cards to hand out to drivers you meet in your area and encourage them to check out your group and to comment or leave messages. Even if you’re a passenger, you can hand your card to the drivers you have to help encourage growth of the community of drivers you’re putting together.
Now, if that sounds too scary or overwhelming to start with, you can also simply start a conversation at the bottom of this page and see where it gets you. You could make connections you never thought you would with the Rideshare Guy and its writers there to help if you or anyone else has questions or concerns. We’ve all been there and done that ourselves and are happy to help you in any way that we can.
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Drivers: How do you stay in touch? Any forums, groups, etc that we missed? Let us know in the comments!
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