Updated: Nov 15, 2022
When you signup for Uber or Lyft, they really don't train you, so you're kind of left to learn a lot on your own! Luckily, we came up with this guide on 10 Things Every Uber and Lyft Driver Should Know!
Firstly, we here at Driverly specialize in helping gig workers with a number of things! If you've ever been deactivated by any of the gig apps such as Uber, Lyft, Instacart, Uber Eats, DoorDash, Amazon Flex, or any other big gig app, Driverly can help. To see a list of all the perks and benefits that come with being a Driverly member, you can check out our site!
Driverly helps gig workers who have been deactivated, helps drivers earn more, and even helps prepare gig workers for tax season through helpful tips and tricks! While this method isn't a 100% guarantee, it has helped many gig workers get reactivated already.
So, here are the top 10 tips for Uber and Lyft drivers should know!
Safety is everything - When you're driving for rideshare, you want to make sure you keep your doors locked, you double check you have the correct passenger before letting them in, and you are a defensive driver on the road.
Early mornings are the best - Early in the morning are when you will get airport rides, business commute rides, and these rides typically are much easier and you get higher tips, plus airport rides pay a lot more because they are typically longer rides with less traffic, if you go early enough.
Utilize both apps - When driving rideshare, it doesn't pay to wait in between rides! So use both apps so you get more rides.
Use a dash cam - this is mostly for insurance reasons. The more you're on the road, the more likely you are of getting into an accident. A dash cam will cover you when it's not your fault.
Don't talk to every rider - Save your talking energy so you can last longer and do more rides. Plus, not every passenger wants to hear about your day.
Try to upgrade to an XL car - A lot of used 7 seater SUVs qualify for XL, so check your vehicle requirements in your market and try to see if you can get a cheap used SUV to do XL rides so you get paid more!
Don't drive at nights - Nights can be tempting but you'll have riders throwing up in your car and you know what they say, nothing good happens after midnight!
Use destination filters - this allows you to get a rider on your way home at night, or even to a busy airport!
Don't be afraid to speak up - if your rider is making you uncomfortable, you can totally kick them out of your car. Don't let them take advantage of you!
Don't be afraid to try out doing food delivery or grocery delivery. Instacart and DoorDash can be a nice break from talking with riders!
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Bonus, check out this video from Freccero Rideshare YouTube channel for more tips and tricks!
And lastly, if you've ever been deactivated by any of the major gig apps, feel free to check out Driverly, and maybe they can assist you in the reactivation process. Best of luck!
And also, read more of our blogs for other helpful tips and tricks for rideshare and delivery drivers! Good luck out there and stay safe!