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A Guide to the Best Times to Drive for Uber

Driving for companies like Lyft and Uber is fast becoming a niche employment option for people who want to use their own cars to make extra (or even full-time) money. The possibility of flexible hours, good money, and meeting interesting people while serving their communities all make rideshare driving an attractive option to many.

But the key to success in the rideshare world is knowing when to offer rides to make the most money. Here’s a crash course on the best times to be an Uber driver—and maximize the freedom that comes from being your own boss with your own hours.

Location, Location, Location

It’s not just a cliché — “the best time to drive for Uber” really does depend on where you’re driving. Most major cities make note of peak times to drive based on how heavily Ubers are requested in given areas.

This is a factor in what Uber calls “surge pricing” — times of heavy request where fare prices are doubled, tripled, or even more. Make sure you remember that a surge is determined by where the rider is requesting from, not where you are — so you will only get the higher fees if you respond to a request from a surge location. These will be marked in red on your app. The darker the red, the greater the demand.

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So When Are Surge Times?

These vary by city, but generally, watch for Friday and Saturday evenings from about 8 PM to 3 AM. This, of course, is when lots of the bar crowd is either going to, coming from, or otherwise continuing and alcohol-fueled adventure.

Be very certain that you can tolerate the antics and nonexistent inhibitions of inebriated millennials – the community of Uber drivers is sharply divided over the value and worth of spending hours carting around people too drunk to see their own hands on front of their faces. But if you have the strength of will (and washable seat covers) to tolerate it, you can make a fair amount of money.

Surge prices are calculated by a multiplied factor — say 1.5, 2.5, 3.6, etc. The higher the multiplier, the greater the demand and the greater potential fare. This is added atop the total trip fare (base + distance + time), plus any tolls that might be involved. Any cancellation fees, tolls, and surcharges are not affected by surge prices. The surge amount will be listed separately on your ride statement.

Some mornings are peak surge times as well, as are some early evenings (i.e., rush hour). More on these later.

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Watch Your Preference

This is an important point that follows from the bar scene mentioned above. Besides location, “best times” are also determined by the preference of the driver. Do you want to get up at 4 am? Then airport runs for business people might be perfect. Are you a night owl who isn’t easily offended? Then do the bar run thing. Are you really good at maneuvering rush hour traffic? Then take rides during the early evening when everyone in the world is getting off work. It’s important to remember that your tolerance level, stamina, and willingness to work in odd situations or hours will affect what qualifies as “best times” for you.

Be a Real Friend, Get Paid: Take People to the Airport

Rather than give their friends the opportunity to navigate the harried environment of a major international airport, many people — especially very frequent fliers – are relying on Uber for being whisked there and back. This would be another example of potential surge pricing, as who isn’t eager to get to the airport with enough time to be groped by the TSA and get lost trying to find their gate, in time for an overpriced flight? Apparently a whole slew of people.

This is an area where a lot of money can be made, especially if you’re willing to get up early. Ubers are scarce in the wee hours, so riders are usually willing to pay more for a ride if it means getting to the airport in time. Some drivers even do this regularly with the same customers.

Picking people up from the airport and driving them to whatever their destination is can also be lucrative, especially for those visiting your city. (People from out of town are less likely to have the network and resources set up to easily get around, especially on their first day there.)

A word of caution is in order here: Make sure you know the rules and requirements of your airport if you’re going to pick people up! Different airports require Uber drivers to wait for their riders at different places (one driver reports almost getting ticketed for waiting at arrivals instead of short-term parking), and some airports do not even allow Ubers at all.

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“Work Friends”: Helping People Start and End the Workday

Uber’s official statement about peak driving times indicates that peak times for driving are during the morning g hours from 7-9 and in the evening from 4-7pm. There is truth to this, but multiple on-the-ground Uber drivers report that these supposed peaks are based more on data than actual experience. (This means the precise times and surge pricing will vary depending on location and need — but then, what else have I been saying for seven paragraphs?)

It is true, however, that more Ubers tend to be requested at the beginning and end of the traditional work day, especially in larger cities (think Boston, Chicago, LA, NYC, and others). If you’re lucky, some of these can even be surge times, particularly in the evenings. This presents another challenge, however: Rush hour. (This is precisely why so many Ubers are requested — everyone wants to get home as soon as possible.)

Rush hour, of course, is affected by when people get out of work and the distance of commute between work and home. And, of course, it’s worse in larger cities. But if you’re willing to deal with a part of life you have to deal with anyway, why not get paid to do so? If you’re smart about when you accept rides, you can maximize surge prices and rake in a fair amount of cash.

Working For (or on) the Weekend

As I mentioned above in the general section on surge times, late evening to early morning (approximately 8pm-3am) can be peak times especially in larger cities, when everyone is going to or from various bars, nightclubs, and other weekend venues. I already mentioned you might have to possess a strong constitution to deal with people who are almost certainly drunk beyond definition, but here are a few reasons why you might want to put up with it.

First, the sheer number of people wanting rides will mean surge prices are going through the roof, and you’ll want to take advantage of that (even just giving people rides to various paces, instead of back home afterwards, can be an option).

Second, the later hours tend to mean there’s less traffic on the road, which enables you to get moving and get to your destination faster (most Uber drivers say the majority of their money is made while moving, not while sitting and waiting), and this means there is more time to accept more fares.

Even Sunday nights can be a surge time, as lots of people are eager to get home from the clubs and bars for work the next morning. And in some college towns, Thursday night is known as “practice night” for the weekend, so you might be able to garner a lot of fares then.

Finally, on the somewhat more altruistic side: Yes, these drunk people might be making total fools of themselves in your car, but at least they’re not driving and endangering themselves and others. And you can feel good about that.

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For the Adventurous: Holidays and Bad Weather

Nobody likes working on holidays, and admittedly surges here can be inconsistent. Still, many Uber drivers will swear by the explosion of requests they get on New Year’s Eve, both before and especially after midnight. The reasons for this are obvious: everyone is either going to or coming from a celebration, likely one with lots of free-flowing booze. So if you don’t have anything going on that night…or even if you do…you just might be able to double, triple, or quadruple your fares.

Another good time to drive is during lots of rain or even hurricane warnings. These of course vary depending on your location, but generally people don’t fancy driving themselves around in inclement weather.

These too can be inconsistent (some people may not want to go out at all, even in an Uber), but some drivers have found that bad weather ups prices and demand. If you’re a fare driver and not frightened of skidding, hydroplaning, or getting ripped off the highway like a weed from a garden, then Uber driving during nasty weather just might be a way to make some extra cash.

Conclusion

Uber, like most things in our constantly-in-flux culture, is unpredictable. Locations vary. Living costs vary. Interest varies. The ubiquity of Uber even varies (gasp!). So the best time to drive for you may be wildly different from another driver, even in your city.

But as our culture continues to become more technologically complex, more smartphone-driven, more creative and flexible in earning potential and employment and possibilities, it’s inherently possible, even likely that if you’re smart and you hustle, you can make a nice living by being an Uber driver. Willingness, hard work, and a knowledge of the system and your city can all work in your favor. Find what works for you, stick with it, and see just how far you can go. Happy driving!

26 BEST Cities to Drive an Uber In

Whether it’s a drive to a friend’s house, some errands in the next town over, or a couple drinks too many, it is easier than ever to find a safe ride with today’s new form of taxis. Hailing a taxi is as easy as clicking a button on your cell phone. Companies such as Uber provide a taxi service through their app that provides a ride within minutes and almost anyone can be an Uber driver too.

The best cities to be an Uber driver have a few things in common: ridesharing is legal, driver costs are low, the population is up, shared commutes are the norm and taxis are a regular thing.

Not only do these cities offer plenty of people looking for rides, but they also have the highest earnings per trip among all towns.

 

New York City, New York

This is the busiest Uber city. Your earnings per trip, using the premium UberX, might even average as much as $29.34 and expected earnings aren’t far behind. A New York City Uber driver is certainly never bored and come home with a fatter bank account.

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San Francisco, California

The first of two California cities, San Francisco is a great place with an established foothold in the area. People like to stick with what they know. With the endless sights and tourists, Uber drivers are always in demand.

 

San Diego, California

One of the first cities to support Uber rides, San Diego is one of the best cities overall for Uber drivers. Great weather, good infrastructure, plenty of tourists and travelers, in addition to commuters promise good business. San Diego will have you with enough business to pass the time.

 

San Jose, California

Again, California proves to be prime Uber territory. San Jose requests Uber most during rush hour times during the week and with its many attractions, this city keeps Uber drivers busy outside of rush hour as well. The Caltrain slopes, downtown, Levi’s Stadium, the convention area, and SAP center regularly keep Uber drivers busy.

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Miami, Florida

Sunny Miami allows you to pick up regular commuters and tourists as fares, which can easily double your income. With the sun always shining and plenty of beach spots and vacationers, Uber drivers enjoy the roads of Miami.

 

Phoenix, Arizona

It might not seem like the kind of city that would rank highly on this list, but Phoenix has higher average earnings for Uber drivers than many cities of similar size. Don’t let the landscape of Arizona deter you from giving Uber a try.

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Even though Pittsburgh is the testing site for the new, driverless version of Uber, that vision is years away. Take advantage of those wanting to use the service now – driver included. There is plenty to do in the heart of Pittsburgh as well as the outskirts, so choosing to work for Uber will prove its worth.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Though the airport in SLC was off-limits for a while, Uber drivers are back. Due to the conflict being sorted out, future challenges may be few to none. Salt Lake City is now welcoming requests for Uber drivers and business is thriving again.

 

Chicago, Illinois

Though not for the faint of heart, driving in Chicago can provide a lot of fares. Even though it’s one of the worst cities to drive in generally, it could mean more business for you. Rise to the occasion and need for good drivers as an Uber driver to serve Chicago well.

 

Seattle, Washington

A dense population with a high percentage of disposable income? Welcome to Seattle. Rainy weather can also encourage potential passengers to hire you. Seattle Uber drivers are always pleased to welcome the steady business that Seattle provides.

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Washington, D.C

An ever growing middle-class, less than ideal weather, and a local government that supports ridesharing services make Washington, D.C a perfect place for an Uber career.

 

Atlanta, Georgia

The city of Atlanta, as opposed to a few others on this list, is likely to be a strong city for Uber drivers, with specific laws being made to keep them on the roads. Many tourists would rather use Uber to arrive at their destination faster than taking public buses or other local taxis with higher fares.

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is a city of commuters that need more options. Boston might be on the legal fence right now with a few arguably outdated laws and new regulations, but they aren’t going to ban the service anytime soon. Get on board with Uber to take advantage of the opportunity while it is available and you will enjoy driving passengers that are taking advantage of the opportunity for Uber as well.

Uber Boston

 

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is an Uber hotspot. Plenty of surge times and lots of demand make it easy to make a living in less time. Uber drivers gain many passengers who choose not to drive in city traffic, so requests are sure to continue to come in.

 

Denver, Colorado

Another city where residents would prefer to let a “professional” do the driving, Denver has a reputation for polite passengers and plenty of potential fares. This may be one of the most pleasant Uber experiences, so if you reside in the Denver area, this is highly rated work just for you.

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Austin, Texas

Austin recently passed laws to keep Uber in the city, so ridesharing is in the clear. There are always music festivals and parties that will bring Uber drivers plenty of work. Passengers are often known for their friendliness in Austin, so Uber drivers are more likely to enjoy the company of their passengers.

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis is booming with Uber demand. It was reported that the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day brought on over 5,000 rides. The average age of those living in Minneapolis is twenty-somethings and, so it is the prime target age group.

 

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham certainly has a demand for the Uber business. There are certain hours of the day that are in more demand, however. For weekends, Friday and Saturday nights through to the early morning are highest for business while Sundays carry high volume all day.

 

Little Rock, Arkansas

Downtown and West Little Rock have the highest demand for Uber drivers along with close surrounding areas that passengers are likely to travel in and out of. Little Rock will certainly provide big opportunities for Uber drivers.

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Hartford, Connecticut

Between the XL Center with regular sports and entertainment attractions and events, other downtown activities, and college campus passengers from University of Hartford and Trinity College, Uber drivers are valued. The Bradley International Airport is also close by that brings in more business as well. Hartford is always a solid spot for Uber business.

 

Knoxville, Tennessee

Between the University of Tennessee, Market Square, and Old City, Knoxville is the place to be as an Uber driver. There is always activity booming, especially in the afternoons during the week. Passengers of Knoxville are thankful to have Uber as a reliable option for transportation.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Main Street and downtown areas have high traffic in Las Cruces for Uber drivers and Mesilla Valley Mall attracts many potential passengers. Sunland Park Racetrack and Western Playland Greenville yield good business opportunities as well.

 

Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Marina District and convention centers in Atlantic City are sure to bring substantial business for Drivers. The Atlantic City International Airport is also in the area that will provide travelers in search of transportation, so the demand is definitely present in this busy city. Uber drivers will not be disappointed with this business opportunity.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

There is always activity in New Orleans, which means plenty of demand for Uber drivers. The most requests come from Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and especially the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Many Uber requests for the airport include uberX, uberXL, UberBLACK, and UberSUV.

 

Chesapeake, Virginia

Virginia keeps Uber drivers in good business in a couple of towns, but Chesapeake is among the busiest for Uber requests. Eagles’ Nest Rockin’ Country Bar as well as Kelly’s Tavern brings potential passengers looking to travel the area and get home safely.

 

Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville has had the most requests in the downtown and airport areas and in its main street. Any Uber driver in the area should find plenty of requests to travel the area and transport passengers between the airport and center of town.

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Conclusion

Uber has become most popular for the flexible hours, working with your personal vehicle, and making extra money part time or full time. Uber is the best way to meet all different types of people and travel in your area. Check out these high-traffic cities for the best business!

Uber Tip Sign – Here’s how to get one for FREE

Did you know that Uber drivers are officially allowed to ask for tips?

Yup, with the big contractor lawsuit that classified Uber drivers as contractors and not employees came a lot of new freedom for Uber drivers.

With that freedom, drivers can now directly ask their passengers for tips…

Now, asking a PAX directly to give you a few bucks can be awkward…. and maybe a bit rude.

So some savvy rideshare drivers started hanging signs in the back of their car.

Signs that simply let the passenger know that Tips ARE appreciated.

Today, HyreCar is happy to annouce that we’re giving away a 100% FREE tip sign for the back seat of your car.

Drivers with tip signs report making an average of $17 extra every day.

That’s an extra $500 per month.

We’re giving away two free signs to any driver that requests one.

You can request one right now by clicking the link below:

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Here’s how to get it set up once you receive it:

Step 1: Use a whole punch to pop out the two holes that are near the top.

Step 2: Take a piece of string, dental floss, tape, basically anything string like, and wrap it through the two holes.

Step 3: Simply attach both signs to the back of your driver / passenger seat.

Step 4: Prepare yourself for an influx of extra cash.

Sign up now, because supplies WILL NOT last long.

Happy Driving!

15 Ways to Get in Touch With Uber or Lyft When You Need Help

It’s no secret that companies like Uber and Lyft have had their fair share of trouble with customer service. It’s also no surprise. When Uber burst onto the scene in 2011, it was the first idea of its kind, and bound to have some kinks to work out in the brand new world of ride sharing services.

Many have, and continue to be, critical of canned responses to their concerns or complaints from Uber. Thankfully, Uber, and its major competitor, Lyft, continue to up their game in the customer service department. While they may not have yet perfected the system, improvements are being made, with quicker response time and better service.

If you’ve struggled to get in touch with Uber or Lyft in your moment of need, we’ve got some tips for you that will hopefully make that struggle a distant memory. Here are 15 ways to make sure you know what to do when you are in uber need of help from Uber.

Pardon the pun.

 

Safety First

The most important thing to know when it comes to contacting Uber support is what to do if you feel you or your passenger are in danger.

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Dial 911

Uber’s head of security, Joe Sullivan, recently said “In the United States, 911 is the panic button and it’s the panic button that we want people to use. It’s the panic button that law enforcement wants people to use. And we don’t want to try and replace that.”

If you ever feel that you are in danger from your passenger, or that you and your passengers are in danger from some other threat, your first move should always be to call 911. This is true for both Uber and Lyft. It also wouldn’t hurt to keep a first aid kit in your car. But what next?

 

Uber Critical Safety Response Line

This number was originally kept quiet, although no one is quite sure why. Whatever the case, it is meant to be a sort of non-emergency emergency line.

Example?

Say a passenger left behind their charger and is trying to track it down (better to keep your own charger handy!). Or a driver finds a lost item that they want to return to their passenger. These are both non-emergencies. However, they do require rather swift attention. That’s where the safety response line comes in.

Need to use this line? Call 1-800-353-UBER.

 

Lyft Critical Response Line

Lyft has a similar line, 1-855-865-9553.

Lyft stipulates that this line is for “accidents, safety concerns, and citations.” They, too, insist that 911 is the first number to dial in case of serious emergency.

 

The Uber Help Portal

When looking for customer service, the first place to look is the Uber Help Portal. This is the official help site for Uber’s passengers and partners. When you visit this site, you’ll be asked to select “partner” or “rider,” and then given a list of options based on which you are.

For the most part, this site can be used for frequently asked questions. For riders this includes information such as whether or not you can bring your service animal, or how to use Uber for business travel.

For partners, this is the place to go with questions about payment or for tips about how to be successful as a driver.

 

The Lyft Help Center

This is Lyft’s version of the Help Portal from Uber, although it’s presented a little differently. Here there is a list of frequently asked questions, followed by the following categories of information:

  • Using Lift
  • Driving With Lift
  • Become a Driver
  • Promotions & Rewards
  • Policies & Other Info
  • Airport Info

Again, as with Uber, this is a great place to go with your basic questions regarding being a Lyft driver or passenger.

What if your questions aren’t answered on either of these sites, though? Here are some other places you may find help.

 

The Uber App

This may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you are familiar with Uber’s app and know all that it has to offer before going somewhere else for information. It’s designed to answer many of your questions.

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As of March, 2016, the Uber app has In-App Support, a much needed feature that may surprise you with its usefulness. Any issues you may have with your account or fare, or any unanswered questions after perusing the Help Portal, will probably be answered here. Give it a try!

 

Messaging Systems (Formerly Email)

If you’re looking for contact with an actual human, email used to be the best way to get information specific to your questions, but neither Uber nor Lyft uses a support email any more. Rather, they’ve both moved to a messaging support system for responding to questions and concerns.

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Uber

When contacting Uber, go to help.uber.com. This is the Help Portal, but you are able to submit specific questions in the search field, and you might be surprised by how many answers you can find this way.

If you are a driver with specific questions that cannot be answered using the search field you can go here, and submit a request.

Try to be as specific as possible, and include any pertinent information, such as your contact info or your ride number.

 

Lyft

Lyft’s messaging system is similar, but is, in my opinion, a little easier to access and use.

You can get to the support page directly from the main page of their website. If you have a question you’d like answered via email, simply click this button:

Once you’ve done so, you’ll be asked to provide your email address and phone number, the subject of your concern, whether or not you are a driver or rider, and some basic information about your question. Try to be very clear, but concise. Don’t write a novel, because no one will read it and you’ll receive a canned response.

If you are unhappy with the response you do receive, you can simply start over, and will end up in contact with a different person. You can also reply to the unsatisfactory email and ask for more clarity, and will probably receive more information.

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Phone

Of course, if you have been a driver or rider for any amount of time, you know that there is virtually no way to contact Uber or Lyft via phone. However, the good news is that Uber is currently testing out a pilot program for phone support in San Francisco, where the company is based.

Maybe phone support is on its way?

 

Local Partner Websites

Many cities have local partner websites, which can be especially helpful if the information you’re looking for pertains to the city in which you are driving or riding. The most popular of these is probably Ubermovement, with information for hundreds of cities all over the world.

The best way to find these websites is to simply google “local Uber partner site.” You might try including your city, as well, to make sure you are finding sites which serve your area.

 

Local Offices

If you’ve been unable to get help using the app, online resources, email, or phone, you may be able to visit a local office for assistance.

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  • Lyft. As of right now, Lyft does not have any local offices. There are efforts to change this, so keep checking back in on this.
  • Uber. Many larger cities have Uber offices, including New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. If you live in a larger city, it’s worth checking to see if there is a local office available to you. Talking face-to-face with another person is always preferable!
  • Know Local Office Hours. If you are lucky enough to be in one of those cities with an Uber office location, make sure you’re aware of their office hours. Again, this spreadsheet can be very helpful in finding this information.

 

Social Media

As with almost anything these days, social media can be a wealth of information. It can also be a helpful tool for getting the answers you want quickly, and here’s why: when you fuss enough about a company on Facebook or Twitter, they’re sure to want to turn your criticism into praise, and will do what they need to in order to make that happen.

That being said, the best way to go about doing this is to do the following:

 

For Lyft

Lyft’s Facebook page is actually a very helpful tool, and those monitoring it respond pretty promptly to questions or concerns. It’s best to send a private message, although it seems that commenting on the wall gets swift attention.

If you prefer to use Twitter, Lyft’s handle is @AskLyft. Someone monitors this account from 5:00AM to 9:00PM. If you receive a generic response to a question on Twitter, you can either DM Lyft or reply that your question wasn’t answered. Again, if you keep pushing, They’ll want to solve your problems to keep their image up in front of the watching world.

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For Uber

Uber’s Facebook page is similar to Lyft’s. According to The Rideshare Guy’s blog, Uber does offer private messaging support, like Lyft. However, it seems that they typically try to steer people back toward their Help Portal, rather than ask them to send a private message. So you may not find as much help here as you’d hope.

Uber’s Twitter account, @Uber_Support, is more helpful than their Facebook page, and works similarly to the Lyft account. There are also individual city accounts for Uber, which might make finding help specific to your area little bit easier. Plus, Uber support offers 24/7 support, unlike Lyft.

 

So there you go! Assuming you’ve been doing everything else correctly, next time you’re in need of assistance, hopefully one of these resources will work for you.

22 “Best” Cars for Uber and Lyft Drivers

If you’re an Uber driver or considering becoming one, you’ll want certain things from your vehicle. You certainly won’t get a high Uber driver rating if your car is unreliable, unsafe, or has little room for your passengers. Your number one priority should be finding a vehicle comfortable enough for both you and your passengers.

But, there are other things to consider, too. Do you want some high-end tech to make your vehicle stand out and provide added entertainment? Are you looking for fuel efficiency? Or, do you want plenty of storage for your passengers?

Regardless of your requirements for the perfect Uber vehicle, at least a few of the cars on this list will meet your needs, from eco-friendly to sporty, and everything in between.

 

1. Toyota Prius

Aside from being one of the most eco-friendly vehicles, the Toyota Prius packs in several safety features, like Lane Departure Alert and Pedestrian Detection. If you drive mostly within city limits, the Prius can keep you, your passengers, and other drivers and pedestrians safe.

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2. Honda Accord

The newest Honda Accords come with parking sensors, rain-sensing automatic-adjusting windshield wipers, and LED fog lights for the best visibility in any weather conditions. The driver’s seat adds ultimate comfort with its 10-way adjustment abilities and leather trimming. Keep passengers comfortable with advanced climate control.

 

3. Lincoln MKT

This luxury crossover offers excellent fuel efficiency for a vehicle of its size, with a V8 engine operating as efficiently as a V6. The Lincoln MKT has everything an Uber driver needs, from park assist to Active Cruise Control and hands-free navigation. Keep your passengers delighted with the second-row refrigerated console.

 

4. Honda Civic Sedan

Getting 28 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway, the Honda Civic Sedan will make you appreciate its fuel efficiency if you drive often. The Collision Mitigation Braking System will help you and your passengers stay safe when the car senses a collision, acting like your backup reflex.

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5. Mazda 6 Touring

The Mazda 6 Touring model is a pricier option for rideshare drivers, but it provides everything to meet you and your passengers needs, from an optional fold-down seat for extra storage to Smart city brake support and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This car also has just about any internet radio integration ability you can imagine to keep your passengers happy.

 

6. Toyota Corolla

The newest Toyota Corolla comes in several models, from eco-friendly to luxury, to meet your requirements for the perfect Uber vehicle. Even its base model, L, comes with Toyota Safety Sense, eight airbags, and USB connectivity. The LE Eco will get you about 40 MPG on the highway, and adds in a partially-folding rear seat for storage.

 

7. Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevrolet Malibu consistently receives rave reviews for its models each year for design, safety, performance, and more. The newest safety options include Lane and Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Front Pedestrian Braking. With its aerodynamic design, you can get an impressive 49 MPG in the city.

 

8. Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is one of the best options if you want to tote around as many passengers as possible. With optional 3rd-row seating for room for you and 6 passengers, there’s plenty of room for people and comfort. And, the Divide-N-Hide Cargo System allows you to store plenty of passenger belongings.

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9. Ford Fusion

With different options for different tastes, the Ford Fusion is an excellent, adaptable vehicle for rideshare drivers. The Sport will get you an EcoBoost engine, if fuel efficiency is your priority, and the Platinum model is perfect for a luxury ride, with leather seating and cooled driver and passenger seats.

 

10. Toyota Camry

This mid-size car has the best of both worlds: a unique, sporty interior and superior performance for handling and safety. The full-feature center stack provides you and your passengers with everything you need for an entertaining and comfortable ride. Your passengers will love the roomy seating and extra head room.

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11. Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata has 6 models to choose from, to meet your needs as a fuel-efficient or top-of-the-line luxury vehicle. All models come with safety features, like hands-free technology, rear-view camera, and blind spot mirrors. Enjoy Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for added entertainment.

 

12. Kia Optima

The Kia Optima prides itself on being a bolder version of the typical mid-size sedan. Its interior is driver-oriented, with a comprehensive control center and plenty of legroom. But, your passengers will also love the interior noise reduction technology, heated seating option, and extra seat comfort in its design.

 

13. Chevrolet Volt

If you’re looking for an electric car for an eco-friendly Uber driving experience, the Chevrolet Volt is one of the best options. The battery will last you up to 53 miles per charge, and up to 420 miles total with a tank of gas. The Power Flow screen will help you keep track of your mileage so you can have the most efficient Uber drive.

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14. Audi A4

It might be a more expensive choice for Uber driving, but the Audi A4 is well worth it if luxury is what you’re after. The Audi virtual cockpit is sure to impress you and your passengers with its apps, GPS, and smartphone integration. You can purchase the optional 3D Sound System for a unique passenger experience.

 

15. Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is designed for safety, and it’s one of the best options you can pick if you drive in high-traffic areas. This car features an in-mirror rearview mirror and plenty of safety features to help you avoid collisions. And it was designed with aerodynamics in mind to provide a fuel-efficient ride.

Best Cars for Uber and Lyft

 

16. Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze newest models feature some of its most eye-appealing designs. But, this car packs in a lot more than aesthetic pleasure. You can fold the 2nd row down for ample storage with one passenger, link your music and apps to Chevrolet MyLink, and give your passengers built-in WiFi.

 

17. Subaru XV CrossTrek

The Subaru XV Crosstrek has all-wheel drive for Uber drivers who drive in any kind of weather. Don’t let its smaller size fool you; it has plenty of cargo space for your passenger’s belongings. And, it continuously monitors the traffic you’re in for the safest drive possible.

Best Cars for Uber and Lyft

 

18. Honda Odyssey

If the most amount of space for passengers and cargo is your priority, the Honda Odyssey is one of the best options. You can have seating for up to 8 passengers and 5 car seat anchors for passengers with children in tow. And, you’ll still find plenty of space in the cargo area for everyone’s belongings.

 

19. Chevrolet Spark

One of the most eco-friendly rideshare driver options is the Chevrolet Spark, a compact, budget-friendly, and fuel efficient gem. You can fit yourself and up to 3 passengers, and fold down the back seat for one passenger with a lot of cargo. You’ll get about 38 MPG on the highway from this car.

 

20. Kia Soul

The Kia Soul has plenty of features to make this vehicle perfect for your rides. Enjoy safety options in all models, like Hill Start Assist and side-impact door beams. You and your passengers can also enjoy heated and ventilated seats and colored LED lights that sync to your music.

Best Cars for Uber and Lyft

 

21. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

If you’re ready to splurge on the ultimate Uber vehicle, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is it. Get up to 30 MPG in the city, enjoy 5 USB ports, and stay safe with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. You can also fit up to 8 people comfortably in this SUV, or recline the 3rd row for storage.

Best Cars for Uber and Lyft

 

22. Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf may be compact, but it’s perfect for saving you money if you usually transport only a few passengers at a time. Get up to 83 miles per charge, and provides you with 126 MPGe in the city. And, you can feel good about driving this clean, eco-friendly car with zero tailpipe emissions.

15 Ways To Boost Your Driver Rating

Rideshare drivers, especially those who work with Uber, often live in fear of low ratings from riders. Why? Because consistently low ratings can get you deactivated or even permanently banned. Naturally, most drivers care about their jobs and want to offer welcoming, useful services to the multitudes of customers who use ridesharing services each week.

That’s why there is always a flurry of online conversation among rideshare drivers on how to get and maintain a high rating—which includes some controversy and calls for Uber and other companies to reconfigure their systems, claiming they’re fear-based and pointless.

But as long as the ratings system is in place, drivers literally can’t afford to remain ignorant of at least some ways to make a good impression on customers. Here are fifteen do’s and don’t’s to upping your driver rating.

 

Know where you’re going

Among experienced Uber drivers, this is without fail the number-one requirement. Passengers hate to see a person they’re paying to transport them not know where anything is, get lost, or not already know the most efficient ways to get from Point A to Point B. Especially in the era of Waze and Google Maps, there’s no excuse for drivers not to be quite familiar with the layout of their cities.

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Take a test ride as a passenger

Good Uber drivers are often also good passengers. Seeing the ride from the vantage point of the customer is invaluable to an experiential understanding of what makes a good driver. Did you get an absolutely delightful driver? Then basically do everything they did. Was your driver a nightmare? Now you know exactly what to avoid—and know what it’s like on the passenger’s end of the experience. (Are you having difficulty deciding which company to work with? HyreCar interviewed drivers from both Uber and Lyft to get their input.)

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Take a training course

You know those courses Uber makes you take if you get deactivated for poor service? Well, a little-known fact is that active drivers can enroll in them, too—and they’re cheaper that way! One course facilitator says that many drivers formally learn the practical steps to being a better driver only after it’s too late—in other words, after a series of pathetic ratings has gotten them suspended from the app. Why not brush up from an expert while you have time to actually implement the lessons learned in a productive way?

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Read your passengers

This is so important: Not every passenger wants to have an in-depth conversation, especially in the age of Angry Birds and constant Twitter updates. You should be able to read people well enough to know which ones are open to casual conversation and which ones just want to be left alone. Making a passenger talk who doesn’t want to—or ignoring one who wants to be friendly—can result in bad ratings.

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Mount your phone

Do not handle your phone or keep it in your lap while driving. Passengers do not feel safe if both of your hands are not occupied with steering. Dashboard mounts for your phone are inexpensive and can be considered an investment. Keep it securely fastened to your dashboard and only touch it for app-related things (such as GPS stuff).

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Keep charging cables handy

Lots of ride sharing passengers are younger people who live on their phones. Especially if you’re working during surge hours with lots of potentially inebriated people trying to get home from bars, they might get agitated if their precious iPhone 7 has only ten percent of its battery left. Do them a kindness and keep multiple chargers on tap for both Android and iPhone models. Some chargers even have multiple ports so multiple devices can be charged at once (like this one).

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Keep your car spotless

While this can be difficult if passengers do things like leave a whole pizza on your carpet, it’s important to maintain a neat, clean, and detailed car. Passengers expect to ride in a car that does not look or smell like a forty-year-old taxi. Put the time and effort in to keep your vehicle vacuumed, washed, and free of trash and debris. (HyreCar offers fully-insured car rentals for people interested in working for Uber or Lyft.)

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Be respectful

This really ought to be obvious. Even if your passengers behave like jerks, do everything you can to be kind, warm, and gregarious. Do not make rude or mean comments, even (especially?) about drunk passengers. Be sensitive to their comfort level, their needs/wants (within reason, of course), and make sure to appear and act non-threatening and inviting.

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Never express road rage

This is a one-way ticket to a one-star rating. Even when the car in front of you can’t choose a lane, you get cut off, or the car next to you gives you the finger, never, ever communicate anger, harshness, or antagonism. Practicing self-control, even if doing so through gritted teeth and white knuckles, is far better than giving into anger and frightening a passenger. It’s just not worth it.

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Consider stashing some amenities

This can be a controversial move. Some drivers feel passengers aren’t entitled to anything beyond a safe, clean ride. Others are convinced offering little extras—like mints, chewing gum, bottled water, or even a tablet for games—can be helpful in making passengers feel comfortable and put them in a high-rating mood. It’s up to you, but it might be worth trying. (Here are some other things you might want to have on-hand.)

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Pick up the right person!

This is why passengers have a profile picture. Does the person you’re picking up look like them? If not, stay away. Riders who request pickups that don’t come have no way of knowing if you blew them off or sincerely got confused (or duped) by another person. If they pay for a ride you don’t follow through on, you will be rated poorly. Make sure you’re picking up the right passenger!

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Drive safely

This ties in with the no-road-rage recommendation. Doing stupid things like speeding, drifting into the oncoming lane, blowing through stop signs and red lights, and narrowly missing pedestrians are both illegal and a sure-fire way to get banned from any reputable ride-sharing company. You don’t have to be a perfect driver, but don’t be stupid, either.

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Don’t (usually) ask if passengers have a preferred route in mind

This is why you have navigation capabilities on your phone, and why you should know where you’re going. Generally speaking, passengers assume you know where you’re going and that navigation is your job, not theirs. Asking them if they have a preferred route is, in the words of one rideshare expert, “forces your passenger to make a decision they don’t want to.” The only exception is if the destination appears residential; if so, the passenger is likely going to a familiar location and may have a preferred way of getting there.

 

Don’t ever smoke!

Smoke all you want on your own time. But do not sit in your car smoking a pack on breaks (this just leaves the stench in the car, which is a huge turn-off for virtually every passenger), and never smoke during a ride. Like with road rage, a little self-control goes a long way to avoiding needless, foolish, and disruptive activity.

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Conclusion

Rideshare ratings systems aren’t perfect. But there are achievable, reasonable and (frankly) common-sense things every driver can do to make the ride-sharing experience safe, enjoyable, and productive for all.

Pssst! Do you want to learn how to maximize your earnings as a rideshare driver? Check out this post from the HyreCar blog that shows you how to do just that!

16 “Do’s” and “Do NOTs” To Avoid Getting Deactivated On Uber (& How to Get Reactivated)

As with most things touched by smartphones and social media, ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are becoming ubiquitous, especially in major metropolitan areas. They’re a great way for drivers to make extra money and have a bit more autonomy over their workdays, while giving all kinds of people safe and easy transportation.

As a means to customer security as well as profit for their own company, Uber has a rather high standard for drivers, and with it the real possibility of deactivation (inability to receive ride requests through a suspended driver account) if drivers commit certain infractions. Uber has faced some controversy on this point, as until April of this year its deactivation policy was vague and incomplete.

This list will be your guide to what to do—and not do—to prevent getting your Uber driver account deactivated.

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Do: Drive safely

This one is so obvious it shouldn’t be mentioned. But for clarity’s sake: If you drive like a maniac or under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, not only are you breaking the law but your Uber passenger will report you to the company.

Riders expect a safe, event-free ride to wherever they’re going. Driving erratically or while intoxicated is a one-way ticket to deactivation, and likely a complete ban from the company.

 

Don’t: Be a jerk

Besides driving under the influence, harassing, molesting, or verbally abusing your riders is a huge no-no. Most Uber drivers are perfectly nice people looking to make some extra money, and most riders are just looking for a lift, but if you’re having a bad day or the customer says something to irritate you, be very careful and wise about how you handle it.

This also goes for making unwanted sexual advances to attractive customers or making otherwise inappropriate, lewd, crude or threatening comments. The customer will report it and there will be consequences.

 

Do: Drive frequently

This one’s a bit different. One of the appeals of Uber is that it allows the driver to set his or her own hours, giving them a certain amount of freedom over their schedule. But it also requires a fair level of commitment, as drivers who don’t accept rides for long periods risk deactivation for inactivity.

This is simple to resolve, however; just email Uber customer support and ask to be reactivated. Whether you have been deactivated or just to prevent it, a good rule of thumb is to drive at least once a month.

 

Don’t: Cancel (too often)

Uber assumes you’re working for them because (a) you want to make money and (b) do so by driving strangers to various places around your city. As such, canceling accepted ride requests too frequently creates a hassle for customers, other drivers—and you, if Uber catches on.

The company says excellent drivers have a cancellation rate below five percent. Each city has a maximum cancellation rate, which is calculated by the average cancellation numbers of the Uber drivers there. If your cancellations go above that line, you could be temporarily blocked from the app and if it continues you could be deactivated.

DON’T Cancel Too Many Rides.

 

Do: Keep your ratings high

Uber is famous for allowing both drivers and riders to rate each other after the ride is completed. Uber expects high approval ratings for its drivers. Because your rating is calculated based on the average ratings of your last 500 rides (or your total rides if you’re at less than 500), a consistently low rating will set off red flags at Uber HQ.

You will risk deactivation if your rating goes below 4.6. The good news is if this does happen, you can take a customer service course for less than $100 to get a second chance.

 

Don’t: Abuse guaranteed pay hours

Traditionally, Uber gave people who successfully signed up an immediate $500 bonus. In 2016, they began to change this policy and instead offer “guaranteed pay” to drivers who accepted a certain number of rides during certain high-use blocs of time, which differed depending on the city.

Because of this guaranteed income, some drivers began using their friends, family members or even their own transportation to count towards the minimum ride number, instead of actually accepting requests from strangers. Occasionally driving a friend or family member during these bloc periods won’t set off alarms, but doing it a lot will look suspicious and could result in consequences.

 

Do: Keep documentation current

Part of security is ensuring drivers are legally able to drive—which most basically assumes all their important documents, like registration, insurance, vehicle inspection, and license are up-to-date. Drivers are expected to keep these documents current, especially the ones with time limits like licenses.

Having these documents renewed and uploaded to Uber at least a week before expiration is the easiest and most timely way to avoid this kind of deactivation. Be aware that these kinds of deactivation, though easily fixed, are swift and frequently without notice, as it’s your responsibility to keep your information up-to-date.

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Don’t: Game the system

With technology, there are all sorts of ways one can rip off the company. Uber takes fraud very seriously, and cheap attempts to game them are various and sundry: Accepting hails (like a taxi service), provoking a rider to cancel, accepting a drive with no intention to complete, falsifying or deliberately extending the time or distance of a trip, creating false accounts to increase fares, claiming fraudulent fees or charges (like cleaning), and intentionally accepting falsified or fraudulent trips (such as a rider using a stolen or illegitimately obtained free ride code). All of these things can result in deactivation, usually permanently.

 

Do: Use the right car

Sometimes an Uber driver wants to use more than one car for their services. This is perfectly acceptable as long as the car is safe to drive (proper registration, insurance, etc.), and the car is registered to your Uber account.

Often, an Uber driver will use more than one car when the car they pick up rides in is not always the one listed on the account. Riders will be understandably put off and confused when the car they requested is not the one trying to get their attention, and drivers have sometimes been reported for this. Make sure to have all the cars used registered with your account and you’re good to go.

 

Don’t: Drive with someone else

This is an unusual one but understandable: Some drivers are wary about accepting rides from strangers, and prefer having another adult in the car with them while driving.

This is absolutely against company policy and under no circumstances is it permitted. Customers tend to report these kinds of things (or worse, have given rides to Uber employees while having another person in the car), and if so you will face immediate deactivation.

 

Do: Pass your background check

In some cities, Uber is requiring a far more stringent and difficult-to-pass background check, for both new and veteran drivers. Some have been driving with Uber successfully for a long time and then are dropped because they fail the newer requirements.

There isn’t much that can be done about this, other than maintaining a clean record even after you become a driver, or if you move to a city where the requirements aren’t as strict.

Uber Legal Requirements

 

Don’t: Discriminate

Uber has a stringent policy against discrimination, and drivers will face permanent deactivation for refusing rides to people based on anything protected under “relevant federal, state, or local law,” including race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, etc.

Understandably, not all cars are equipped to be easily accessible or safe for riders with disabilities; Uber is happy to work with drivers to make their cars as accessible as possible.

 

Do: Watch your mouth (and keyboard)

Both keyboard and tongue can be potential sources of deactivation for Uber drivers. Besides refraining from highly negative, unkind, offensive, or harassing speech while with passengers, it is also a good idea to be careful about what you say about Uber on social media.

While uncommon, Uber has been known to retaliate against drivers who criticize them on Twitter or Facebook. Assume anyone can read what you say and act accordingly.

 

Don’t: Go outside the system

Uber’s ride system is well-regulated and designed to ensure both safety and efficiency for all who partake in it. Additionally, Uber is the brainchild of particular individuals and thus the logos and other intellectual property are trademarked.

As such, doing things like accepting anonymous rides, accepting illegal street hails, using any of Uber’s logos or intellectual property, harming the Uber brand by violating the drivers’ agreement, or accepting payment outside of the app are all grounds for deactivation.

 

Don’t: Hide your identity

Besides the normal requirements to keep documentation current, Uber drivers are also expected to use their real names, identifiable and clear profile pictures, and provide other accurate identifying and other information to Uber.

If this information is falsified or otherwise questionable, it creates an unsafe and confusing atmosphere for riders and Uber will take appropriate action. Additionally, allowing someone else to use your Uber account to accept rides in your behalf, or using an unregistered vehicle, is also prohibited.

 

Don’t: Get a ticket

This falls under the “safe driving” umbrella, but deserves its own mention: Because Uber expects a safe driving experience for its riders, any behavior that violates traffic laws (whether state or local) will be grounds for deactivation. Obviously, this includes your driving record while not using Uber, but be especially careful to obey all traffic laws while actually using the app.

Drivers who get pulled over by a cop for speeding erratic driving—or worse, engage in “serious illegal activity” or become party to it—while on an Uber ride will face immediate deactivation.

Uber Driver Police Ticket

 

If you get deactivated, here’s how to get reactivated…

The possibility of and steps to reactivation differ depending on why a driver’s account is suspended.

  • In cases of expired documentation, drivers can simply contact Uber and give them updated information.
  • Accounts suspended due to inactivity can be reinstated by contacting Uber and requesting it; just be sure to actually drive every month.
  • Low ratings cancellations and others due to poor quality can potentially be reversed by taking a quality improvement course offered in most major cities for a fee (Uber will eventually make the course available entirely online so drivers everywhere can partake as needed).

Because not all deactivations come with warning or explanation, you will have to contact Uber to find out the particulars of your case and what if anything can be done to reverse it. This may be an involved process, so be sure to be patient, courteous, and respectful, even if you feel your questions aren’t being answered or you’re not being helped. Just politely persist in asking for clarity.

Drivers whose accounts are canceled due to serious passenger complaints or grave violations of policy will not be reactivated.

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Conclusion

Uber is a great way for good drivers with free time to make extra cash and be of service to their communities. The basic idea here is the same as any on-the-road interaction, or any engagement with other people: Drive safely and responsibly. Be courteous. Be kind. Do that, and not only will you have a great driver rating, but you’ll have the confidence that comes from knowing you’re a good person, too.

13 Critical Tax Deduction Tips for Rideshare Drivers

People who decide to leave their day jobs, and take on rideshare driving as a full-time gig, may need some help transitioning away from their typical bi-monthly paychecks. When working on a salary, all taxes and Social Security/Medicare is automatically removed. But as an independent contractor, the responsibility falls on the driver and tax season goes a little differently.

The good news is that as a self-employed independent contractor, there are a ton of tax deductions and incentives that can lessen the tax man’s bill.

Here are a few tips and tricks to legally keep your taxes as low as possible.

 

1. Keep a detailed mileage log

Although it’ll take a bit of your time, keeping a mileage log is imperative. As of 2016, the IRS allows you to deduct $0.54 per mile driven on a vehicle for business purposes, but in order to do this you must keep detailed records. There are a number of apps you can use, or you can keep track by hand.

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2. Make estimated payments

The IRS expects independent contractors to pay their tax bill quarterly (in 4 installments). For those who expect to owe at least $1,000 in taxes, the IRS imposes penalties if you don’t pay enough estimated tax. To find out your estimated tax liability, go on bankrate.com.

 

3. Report everything you earn

It can be tempting to keep a little extra for yourself, and not file it with your taxes – especially when someone slips you a $20 bill. Report it all. The trouble you’d get in if caught isn’t any near worth the couple of extra dollars you’d save cheating the IRS.

 

4. Keep any records for 3 to 7 years

The IRS has a tendency to revisit a person’s past tax returns and look for mistakes. Audits have a statute of limitations of three years, but it is always better to keep things for a bit longer if it might help clear things up. The traditional rule of thumb was seven years, and many people still stick to that.

 

5. Car washes and maintenance

A driver’s car is a vital piece of equipment for their business. General maintenance, upkeep and car washes can be deducted. Making sure your car looks sharp is also important for keeping up that level of cleanliness that passengers expect.

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6. Deduct your car payment

A lot of rideshare drivers purchase a new car and pay it off by driving it. It’s a great idea, and since the car is being used for business you can also deduct a portion of your car payment (even if it’s a lease) proportional to its business use.

Read more about auto related deductions.

 

7. You can deduct the snacks you have for passengers

The IRS allows you to deduct business-related entertainment. But while drivers aren’t allowed to claim their own meals during work on taxes, but they can claim up to 50% on snacks and drinks provided to their passengers.

 

8. Claim your parking fees

Paying things like tolls and parking can be claimed on a driver’s taxes, so make sure to keep track of these. Getting a ticket for illegal parking or traffic infractions, however, can’t be claimed. Be mindful of traffic and parking laws to avoid the extra expenses.

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9. Understand your state’s tax laws and requirements

Each state will have different tax laws and regulations. Take the time to learn them and follow them as closely as you would federal tax law. A state’s revenue service might not have the same high intimidation factor as the IRS, but they have just as much authority and power to enforce the law.

 

10. Eco-friendly car credit

The federal government and some states offer tax credits to drivers of certain hybrid and electric cars. You can claim up to $7,500 in credit for your qualifying vehicle. See the list of the eligible vehicles here: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml

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11. Insurance

Rideshare drivers face certain insurance limits. For instance, not all states recognize rideshare insurance policies, although most major carriers do offer it. Look into your state’s regulations and your insurance to make sure you’re eligible for a deductible.

 

12. License, title and tags

If your state bases its registration based on vehicle value (instead of weight) and charges the tax annually, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of your registration fees. The requirements vary by state, so make sure to check in with your state’s regulations to make the most of this deduction.

 

13. Wireless plan

You can deduct a proportional amount of your cell phone wireless plan from your taxes. Most drivers use the same cell phone for business and personal, but if you have a separate phone for rideshare purposes only it might be easier to keep track of your business calls/texts and that way you can write off your entire phone bill during tax season.

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To take advantage of all of these great options, you want to find yourself a good accountant. Make a small investment to hire a professional that will guide you through the steps above to make sure you optimize your tax returns as an independent contractor.

15 Things Every Uber & Lyft Driver Should Keep In Their Car

Have you ever experienced the relief of stepping into an Uber or Lyft ride and seeing a charging cable for your dying phone? What about a 3 a.m. ride that offers you a cold bottle of water? These are a few of the little things that make your commute as a passenger that much more memorable.

Uber and Lyft drivers, take note. Here are the 15 things you should always keep in your car for that crucial driver rating.

1. A Mileage Log

Mileage means write offs, so you need to log your miles! You can do it with an app, or you can do it with a simple pen and paper. They even sell mileage logbooks at any office supply store. Mileage write-offs are one of the biggest perks to becoming an Uber driver. In essence, your mileage can be deducted against your gross income, which means you to pay less taxes.

Uber Taxes

2. Pen and Paper

One of the most important tools for Uber drivers is a pen and paper. You want to keep track of the time you picked someone up, when you dropped him off, and any stops in between. This is just a way to protect yourself should the need ever arise. It’s in your best interest to document where you have been and whom you have been with. While Uber is definitely convenient, we still live in a world where some people are just off, so it’s wise to keep record of your whereabouts.

3. Gum or Mints and Water

If you are picking up passengers who have had too much to drink, a drink of water or a peppermint can help settle their stomachs, which can prevent them from getting sick in your vehicle.

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4. A Mileage App

Odds are you are not going to install an expensive meter in your car. Using an app that can be installed on your smartphone is the logical and free option for keeping track of mileage. You can even find a mileage tracker that doubles as a mileage log, so that you can claim the mileage for your taxes.

5. Hands-Free Mount

Lyft and Uber drivers need GPS, and they need to be able to see it, so if you are using a GPS app, you need to mount your mobile device on the dash. A mount for your mobile phone can do a lot to ensure the safety of your passengers. You don’t want to be distracted by messages or calls, and a mount will keep your mobile device in the right position to avoid such distractions.

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6. Charging Block

If you really want to win the hearts of passengers, keep a charging block where they can reach it. Few things are more frustrating than a dying phone and no charger. A charging blog for your passengers to plug in their smartphone or other device will make you stand out among the rideshare competition. Make sure to be both iPhone and Android friendly.

7. Auxiliary code for music

A 45-minute commute anywhere can be a drag. Offer your passengers the option to opt out of listening to the radio and play their own music for the ride. They’ll appreciate it.

Uber Aux Cord

8. Air freshener

The first thing people notice when they sit in a car is the smell. As a rideshare driver, your car will see all kinds of people and smells, so make sure you keep a couple of air fresheners handy.

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9. Paper towels/napkins

Remember that water bottle you offered the passenger earlier? You hit a speed bump and they spilled some of it on the seat and floors. Have some paper towels or napkins in the glove compartment to clean up any accidents.

10. Towel for service dogs

Uber and Lyft drivers are both required to allow passengers to ride with their service animals, so make sure to keep a towel in your car to keep any dog hair off your seats. Sometimes a passenger will ask the driver if it’s okay to bring their non-service dog along, and this decision is entirely up to the driver.

11. Sanitary wipes

Apart from paper towels and napkins, having sanitary wipes can come in handy for a quick wipe-down of your dashboard and steering wheel before picking up a new passenger.

12. Vomit bags

In the unfortunate, and sometimes likely, event that a passenger needs to throw up in your car, save yourself the headache and offer them a vomit bag. They’ll avoid damage fees and you’ll avoid a messy cleanup.

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13. Change

Some passengers like leaving cash tips, but not everyone carries small enough bills. Always keep change for a $20 to increase your chances of receiving a cash tip.

14. First aid kit

Everyone needs a first aid kit at some point. Whether you can offer a bandaid or a gauze pad, your passenger will be both surprised and thankful that their driver is partly a nurse.

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15. Hand sanitizer or lotion

Keep some hand sanitizer or lotion in your cupholder for your passengers to use. Most people who see a bottle of hand sanitizer suddenly realize they can’t remember the last time they washed their hands, and they’ll be happy to sanitize.

26 Rideshare Drivers Tell Us About Driving for Uber vs. Lyft

If you’re considering becoming a ride share driver, you need to figure out is which company is best for you.

The two most obvious choices are Uber vs. Lyft – they dominate the market and have the largest customer base, meaning more frequent pickups for their drivers.

However, these 2 companies are much different for drivers – you’ll need to decide which one is right for you before making your decision.

To help you out, we polled our database of over 25,000 Uber and Lyft drivers and asked them for their input on the matter.

Question

If you’ve driven for both Uber and Lyft, we’d love your input. Which company (Uber or Lyft) do you prefer to drive for and why?

This article details the results of the poll, as well as direct quotes from ride sharing drivers who chose to expand their answers further.

 

NOTE: Here at HyreCar, we’re not affiliated with either Lyft or Uber. We’re here to provide low cost rental cars for all ride sharing drivers. The opinions expressed here are not our own. This article contains honest feedback our customers who have driven for both Uber and Lyft.

 


Poll results

From all of the ride sharing drivers we polled, the results favored Lyft:

  • Drivers who preferred Lyft: 19
  • Drivers who preferred Uber: 7
  • Uber has a larger customer base, meaning more rides as a drivers
  • However, Lyft pays drivers slightly more and has a rider minimum
  • Lyft has also built credibility as being a little more driver friendly
  • Uber’s onboarding process as a driver is easier – Lyft has more stringent requirements
  • Uber has no rider minimum, meaning drivers can get stuck making a few cents per passenger

 


Quotes from Lyft & Uber drivers

 

The Rideshare Guy

I always tell people that I prefer driving for Lyft but make more money and get more rides with Uber. I think Lyft does a great job cultivating a driver friendly culture though and it shows with a lot of their features. Even before you start driving, Lyft greets new drivers with a mentor ride which allows them to get familiar with the app and meet another more experienced driver in person. Uber on the other hand, sends you a few 5 minute Youtube videos which nobody watches (I didn’t!) and then you’re thrown to the wolves.

But regardless of which company you prefer, you’re now a business owner as a rideshare driver and you need to diversify your income. Even if you are plenty busy with Uber, you’ll still want to have Lyft or another service as a back-up for those times that you get locked out of your account or when the Uber app goes down for a couple hours.

Ultimately though, I like to support Lyft and other services as much as I can because competition is a good thing for drivers. The more companies there are, the more options drivers will have.

– Founder at TheRideshareGuy.com

Lyft Driver Interview

LYFT is better … Bottom line … Tips for the drivers … Which erases most of your third party fees…You can defend a low rating given by a passenger …( Which by the way is ridiculous considering we are self employed contractors using a 3rd party app it has too much bearing on our livelihood ) great driver support … Great weekly bonus initiatives… Only thing I can complain about is there no actual place (like uber off Westwood) that you can go to…I went to LYFT after I was suspended for low ratings with uber and never been back since because it is a different caliber of passenger… Uber riders expect you to cater them as if they are paying top tier black car limousine service … Considering you are getting 75% off a taxi ride or any other concierge service .. I would always pick LYFT over uber mainly because of the ratings also.

 

Uber Driving Preferences

Hands down, the answer is Lyft.  While the total dollar amount you may make driving for UBER will likely be more than your total for Lyft, you will make less per ride with UBER.  So, for each ride you make driving for Lyft, you will be making more for that ride than you would have made if you were driving for UBER.

It’s also worth noting that, in general, Lyft’s policies toward drivers are much more favorable than UBER’s policy toward drivers. One example, when you arrive to pickup a Lyft passenger, the passenger is charged from that point forward.  For UBER drivers, the passenger is charged only after they get in your vehicle and the trip begins.

Another example, when you cancel a trip because a rider is a no show, Lyft will give you the full $5 cancellation fee after waiting 5 minutes as long as you called the rider first. UBER only gives you $4 of the $5 and only if the UBER system indicates that you arrived on time and at the location where the rider is actually located. So, if the rider or system indicates an incorrect location to be picked-up, you will not receive any cancellation fee regardless of who cancels the trip.

Overall, it just boils down to Lyft having a much better appreciation for their drivers than does UBER.

Uber Driver Chad

I prefer to drive for Lyft because I have never had a bad Lyft customer (300 rides). I have had a lot of Uber customers (600 rides) that bring drugs (mostly marijuana and related paraphernalia) and others they are on hardcore drugs (meth) that wouldn’t stop fidgeting/shaking. One man puked in my front seat about 20/30 seconds after I picked him up, (like, really dude?) and it ruined my nightBecause my Lyft customers tend to treat me better I tend to give better service. About 50% of my riders leave me a tip and it’s not uncommon to get $5 on even a short ride. I never expect a tip for Uber, I generally get one or two a day if I give 25 rides. I have a nicer car (2014 Hyundai Sonata) that I meticulously clean and only Uber customers will bring greasy food in my car and think it’s okay to set it on my backseat.

All customers get their luggage loaded so that I close my trunk myself (it takes no force but customers enjoy slamming it), same goes for my doors when possible.

With enough rides for Lyft there is a reduction in commission, so I try and do as many as I can each week. With Uber the rates are extremely low and it can be hard to turn a profit.

 

Lyft Driver Xavier

I like driving for Lyft more but I do both. Uber is just better with demand. Lyft has some dead hours during the week but they are preferred because of higher earnings per ride, electronic tips allowed, I can see my riders destination if they enter it before I pick them up, nicer passengers, I can see there faces before I pick them up, being able to use Apple maps, there is also a destination filter so I can get passengers only going in my direction however it limits drastically my requests usually defeating the purpose when I’m ready to go home.

 

Crhsi Uber Driver

I work for both uber and LYFT. I personally prefer lyft because their drivers are very pleasant and always smile. They are faster to get to me, and I am always please for the drivers. Also they take care of their drivers and their cars seem nicer, more comfortable and better drivers who take this seriously. Also, after $50 of earnings, I have the option to deposit THE funds after reaching that goal, which is why I prefer LYFT.

 

uber-vs-lft

I drive exclusively for Uber. I tried for two years to onboard with Lyft but I ran into CONSTANT problems enrolling with them. The barriers seemed impossible to overcome so I gave up trying to drive for Lyft.

I have picked up customers who ride with both services. Lyft customers almost always prefer to sit in the front seat, whereas Uber customers use the front seat only if there is a group during the ride. I like when clients sit in the front seat because they tend to be a bit more friendly and enjoy conversation and/music.

I ultimately recommend Uber because they offer paths to higher income with UberSELECT, UberBLACK and UberLUX.  Drivers can more money in less time by driving fewer miles with a more expensive car. $200 in an UberX vehicle is 223 passenger miles, 86 miles for UberSELECT, 57 with UberBLACK and 40 with UberLUX.

 

lyft vs uber

I prefer Lyft if they were busier. Lyft also seems a lot calmer, the passengers seems more happier. Plus, Lyft is a little bit cheaper and they are always their not only for their passengers but for their drivers as well.

 

NeenaDiaz

I love driving for lyft better. I’ve driven for both platforms and lyft support seems to be more helpful-they respond the same day sometimes in the next hour vs uber takes about three days to respond. I feel safer driving for lyft and I appreciate that we get to keep 100% of tips. Also the rewards program for sharing your code we get $20 vs a mere $10 for uber and the driving referral perks are much higher at a whopping $500 to sign on if they complete 100 rides.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I prefer to drive for Lyft because I like their company’s vision. I can get tips from passengers. I like pink glowstache to help passengers find my car.  I like its app that is easy to use. It automatically updated my Waze’s destination when Lyft automatically added pick up location for Lyft Line without clicking accept button like uber partner app. Lyft rocks!

 

uber vs lyft

 

I prefer Lyft because it doesn’t constantly ask me if I want to go offline or remain in the app when no rides are coming through and I’m still signed in for a while and once I have $50 I can cash out without having to go to another bank or account number setup. This is very helpful when I’m crunched to pay a bill.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I’d like to say I like driving both. But as a driver, I notice Uber seems to have more riders and surges overall which makes it easier to make a living even during times when there are not as many people. Uber allows you to see surge multipliers by area so you know what your goal is in a specific area.

Lyft line also can be problematic compared to Uber Pool primarily because Lyft Line adds people to your route without asking if you would like to accept. Uber Pool gives you a choice which is better especially when you have passengers who want to change their destinations or you have drunk passengers who may not interact well in a carpool.

If you ever watched that I love Lucy episode in the chocolate factory, Lyft line reminds me of it. While it’s easy to accept one or two passengers, it starts getting crazy and out of control when you get 4 or 5 or 10 in one trip you have to reroute for. Passengers also start complaining for having to slightly change route when picking people and dropping them off along the way. Drivers will likely prefer to just drive one passenger a lot longer rather than drive and drop off multiple passengers which often leads to minuscule wages for the hassle and headache. This isn’t a chocolate factory.

 

uber vs lyft

 

In general I prefer to drive for Lyft. They’re definitely more driver friendly. They consider their drivers not only through the ability for passengers to tip, but also offer discount opportunities for car related expenses (i.e. tires, but also for entertain as well ie. movie tickets etc). Uber offers none of these things. What one learns once they’ve driven for a while is that it’s absolutely not worth the cost to drive at all for Uber unless it’s surging, where as with Lyft due to the tipping offsetting the commission it’s ok.

On the flip side of that though, Uber will offer promotions that are more frequent, varied and easily achieved then Lyft. As an example the last few weeks I’ve received promotions from Uber where over the course of the week I’m guaranteed between 1.3x – 1.8x the regular fare rate regardless if it’s surging or not.

I’m very fortunate due to the fact that I have total flexibility of when I drive so I’m able to take advantage of promotions then someone who’s not. As I said earlier, unless there is a promotion or it’s surging you’re lucky to make minimum wage after gas costs while incurring the ware and tear on your car.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I prefer to drive for Lyft. The instant pay option is awesome and overall they treat me better. They keep their words and honor there promotions. I’m still battling uber for the 1000.00 sign up bonus I was promised.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I have driven for both and I prefer to drive Lyft, as there is a minimum for rides unlike Uber, which is better protection for drivers that get a lot of short rides. There is also Express Pay I don’t have to wait a week to get my money which let’s me make a minimum of $50 before I can cash out and keeps gas in my car all week and is good for surprise expenses.

Also the Lyft Riders seem more laid back and friendly than most Uber Riders. I am also not bombarded with Ads and “incentives” to get my friends to buy a car. I don’t like some of uber’s marketing.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I’m listed on both Uber and Lyft platforms but I find myself preferring Uber more often. There are several reasons why Uber is more appealing to me as a driver. They have an instant pay option which has been a lifesaver in this expensive city. I have the option to access my earnings the very instant I’ve completed a ride or delivery.

They offer support with actual live people in an office. I can go there and discuss anything about my account and any issues that I may have as a driver. Lyft does not offer that. They also have relationships with car dealerships and have offers specifically forUber drivers.

 

uber vs lyft
 

I’d much rather work for Lyft as the drivers are able to receive tips in application, so it is almost in a way- encouraged. This reminds riders that it IS AT LEAST an option for them to tip. Uber still does not offer this option, there is even misleading info on Google when you search for “should I tip my Uber driver?” Often an article is mixed up and something that is actually referring to UBERTaxi is quoted for UberX. I think it states something about the tip being included with the fair.

 

uber vs lyft

 

Lyft because they are the first ones to come out with express pay and they have a great company philosophy. Most of the time lyft passengers are way friendlier than Uber passengers and lyft drivers are usually better than uber drivers. Plus what could be cooler than a colorful light up mustache on your front grill.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I love uber! I tried to sign up for lyft also but my car is an 03 and they require a year newer. Lyft could lower vehicle requirements just the year that would be great! Uber has a lot of incentives they are very honest with pay and respond to issues very promptly!

 

uber vs lyft

 

I’ve driven for Uber and Lyft and maintain an active account on both. My preference is to drive for Uber.

  1. Lyft required me to meet with a mentor, taking my photo, doing a ride along, etc. I found this to be pretty corny and scheduling our meeting took several days.
  2. I like Lyft’s ability to withdraw earnings in excess of $50 early but Uber recently enabled the ability to withdraw at any time.
  3. Lyft has a destination filter. When I was ‘done’ driving for the night I would turn to Lyft and set a destination filter picking up anyone along my route. Uber recently added the same functionality.
  4. My first ride with Lyft was a pool ride and I found the experience awkward. Uber’s pool rides have increased significantly in the last few weeks so I’m not sure there’s much of a difference any more.
  5. Lastly, I’m not so keen on the pink mustache. I prefer the marketing of a tech say letter U over the cutesy mustache.

Those things being said, I recommend anyone doing ride share sign up and maintain both. Try both and see which you prefer but keep the other as a backup. I’ve been in a position where Uber was verifying my updated insurance and I was unable to use the app for a few hours that I had planned on driving so turned to Lyft.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I drive for both in the provo, orem and salt lake areas. There are advantages to both. Lyft pays better and has the option to have customers tip through the app. Uber pays a little less because of the app popularity and marketing more customers use it and I say busier through Uber.

 

uber vs lyft

 

Hello, I’ve been diving for Lyft and Uber since August of last year. Although I love both I prefer Lyft over Uber. Riders are usually more upbeat and friendly plus I love the tips which usually balance out the 20% Lyft fees from the rides since drivers keep 100% of tips. Not mention the option for Express pay and my money is in my bank account within the hour. Love it!!!!

 

uber vs lyft

 

I prefer Lyft. The pay is better with tips and also they give drivers the ability to make 10 and 20 percent bonuses. They even have cool events for the drivers where they give away prizes and have pizza. Overall they treat their drivers better.

 

uber vs lyft

 

I prefer driving for Uber over Lyft for several reasons:

  1. Uber is better known, at least here in this area and when I would work both apps at the same time I would get 3 times more calls than with Lyft; and even if it seemed Lyft paid better, adding tips, overall I made more money.
  2. Several months ago Uber sent out a questionnaire asking if we, the drivers, felt like we were important to the company. I added many comments at the end pretty much saying I get the idea you don’t care and don’t even know we exist. Within just weeks, Uber responded by inviting drivers in for appreciation pizza, ice cream and in-person details about where the company is heading and other things that concern us. The local Uber people took notes on what we thought may help improve Uber for us as drivers. After that, I also received several calls from Uber San Francisco asking for more input if I had any. Most companies I have worked for in the past have sent around questionnaires such as these, but never has anyone ever responded to them like Uber has.
  3. Uber has offered me some unbelievable monetary incentives at various times that made driving for them very profitable.
  4. The customer service is great. Every time I have ever had to contact them, they have answered me within a half hour and were more than professional.
  5. When I first started, Jan. 2016, I thought the app was okay, but a couple of months later, they did an entire overhaul on it and it is so much easier to navigate to find any answer and they improve it weekly.
  6. I don’t need it very often but the cancellation fees are better $10 rather than Lyft’s $5 when a rider cancels or is a no show.
  7. Lyft doesn’t allow you to cancel a ride and charge the customer after a certain period of time.

I drove around an apartment complex for 20 minutes trying to find the rider. I made several calls and texts to him that weren’t answered. Finally, when the guy answered, he said he made a mistake, so I had to cancel the ride and I was out my time, gas and money. The only other way I could have made any money would have been to start the ride as soon as I was at the apartment complex and then he would have been charged while I drove around looking for him, but how do you think he would have rated me if he didn’t even take the ride? A “one” and a complaint probably. He said he accidentally must have hit the app. If it had been an Uber call, 5 to ten minutes later after he did not answer calls or texts, at least I would have made $7.50 instead of nothing, and Uber customer service would have handled it, and I would have kept my high ratings.

 

uber vs lyft

 

They’re both great companies, but I prefer and drive for Lyft more. The passengers tend to be more relatable and nicer, and I also like that Lyft gives you the option of cashing out after you’ve made a certain amount. Nice when your strapped for cash.

 

uber vs lyft

 

First off I would like to start by saying thank you for the company you started giving a opportunity to drive with other vehicles with my car in the shop it’s really helpful to keep the bills paid. So now to the question I personally prefer Lyft better just because I felt the app was user friendly and I felt comfortable in general with the prices consumers were paying, considering I was a lyft customer as well.

Uber now is my favorite mainly because it’s wide range they are trying to cover and the different job opportunities they are making available in austin in the meantime of getting full uber and lyft back. I don’t often go out and have drinks or enjoy a night outs downtown prior to the services because taxis were just High rates and inconvenient. Once Lift came across I got to enjoy several nights with my friends having a safe ride to and from home with low cost.

Last but not least there was a week when my restaurant had a small kitchen fire having to close for business, having lyft and uber to make a little extra cash during that time was really really helpful. I hope you are able to expand HyreCar with fasten and the other ride-sharing that’s coming available to Austin.