Harry here. Uber surge is always a hot topic with drivers since it can really increase your bottom line, but finding out when and where it occurs has always been a challenge. Today, RSG contributor Jonathan Knope shows us how he was able to create a time lapse video of Uber surge in his hometown of Atlanta AND how you can do it too!
Although it’s always tempting to chase surge zones while driving for Uber, it’s even better if you can predict those surge zones before they happen. That way, you can wait until the Uber surge map is at its peak to log on or find a surging area that other drivers may not know about. Uber sends out a lot of charts and graphs about best days and times to hit the road but they’re often based solely on passenger demand. If there are a ton of drivers out at those times, you probably still won’t get any surge.
So while Uber’s data is helpful, it’s even better if you can see exactly when and where surge pricing is in effect. By capturing this data using time lapse screenshots, we can start to see trends – and figure out exactly where to drive to maximize our chances of catching surge fares. Check out the video below to learn about all of my findings here in Atlanta, as well as a complete set of instructions to record the surge map in your own city – or read on for the executive summary, along with clips of each time period I studied!