Tips for Drivers to Maximize Profits
“Confirm You’ve Arrived” about a minute early, this way the rider will be ready and will often be waiting for you outside.
You decide how much your service is worth. If you don’t feel it is worth doing jobs for the base rate, then don’t take them. This will work better when many drivers do this and rideshare companies will set the rate to something more acceptable.
When you return to a busy area that’s been surging consistently and the surge drops off, park and go offline for a few minutes until it comes back on – Don’t drive people around at 3am for base rates if you don’t have to.
Be mindful of declining rides and bonuses offered. You only have to take jobs you choose and most drivers do not like to accept Uber pool & Lyft line requests due to their lower pay rates, but keep in mind bonuses are offered for high acceptance rates.
Pick your distance limits. If an area outside of your limits is surging, multiply the surge by your maximum distance to see if this would be beneficial.
Wait only the required few minutes for a passenger. Your time is more valuable than waiting on a single rider.
At busy times when there are sustained surges in particular areas, once you have dropped a rider off, go offline and head back to the busy spot, don’t reduce your income by getting stuck doing local trips at base rate.
When you get a ping in a difficult or congested area to pick up in, call the customer and tell them where to meet you. If they don’t answer after a few calls, cancel the job. More often than not, riders just don’t know where they are and this process can be time consuming and frustrating.
Don’t rely on the heat map for surge information, 3rd party surge apps are great, but also check on the ping screen and the rider info screen once you’ve accepted the job.
For the riders requesting food, don’t get stuck in a drive- thru or waiting for them at a gas station or grocery store. Tell the rider you are happy to drop them there, but won’t sit for 10 minutes waiting on them – this particularly applies for short trips in the city, or late night Taco Bell runs.
Rider friendly apps. There are many apps that are built to assist drivers in different facets of their work day like Waze to keep up to date on accidents and other route issues. http://upshift-app.com/ is an amazing app that allows drivers to integrate multiple apps(Uber, Lyft, Roadie, etc) in one dashboard.