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How Much Do Uber and Lyft Drivers Really Make?

For those considering venturing into the world of ridesharing as either a primary or supplementary source of income, a big question is usually how much one can expect to make.

It seems risky to give up additional free time (for part-timers) or even quit a current job (for full-timers) to pursue a career with a company like Uber or Lyft, with no assurance of what one will actually make.

There was a time when these numbers were hard to come by, but thanks to some important research and data sharing over the last few years, it’s much easier to make some predictions of what you will make as a driver.

This prediction will be based on several factors, which we’ll unpack here.

If you want to know approximately how much you will make as an Uber or Lyft driver, here’s everything you need to know about what factors into that bottom line.

Location

If you’re wondering why Uber and Lyft have sometimes been accused of misrepresenting the average income of their drivers, a big piece of that equation is location. While it’s true that many factors contribute to your income levels as a driver, the place you drive will have a pretty significant impact on that.

As you can see from the above map, a driver in New York is making, on average, more than twice that of a driver in Nashville. That doesn’t necessarily mean it would be impossible to make a lot in the lower paying cities, it would just take some strategy.

If you’re wondering what you’d have the potential to make annually in your city, you can see a full list here. Here is a small sample of some popular cities, with annual pay estimates:

  • Boston, MA: $40,480
  • Chicago, IL: $44,990
  • Durham, NC: $40,934
  • Grand Rapids, MI: $35,474
  • Houston, TX: $39,780
  • Louisville, KY: $36,004
  • Minneapolis, MN: $40,279
  • Orlando, FL: $40,248
  • Pittsburgh, PA: $46,831
  • Syracuse, NY: $32,605
  • Virginia Beach, VA: $36,691

Passenger Fare

When it comes to how much a driver actually makes while driving for Uber or Lyft, there’s a basic calculation that begins with rider fare. When a rider uses Uber or Lyft, he is charged for the amount of time spent in the car and the distance travelled. This is on top of the base fare and the rider fee for that city.

So, the factors that go into calculating passenger fee are:

  • Base Fare (BF)
  • Minute Rate (MR)
  • Minutes Travelled (MT)
  • Distance Rate (DR)
  • Distance Travelled (DT)
  • Booking Fee (BF2) (Formerly the “safe rides fee”)

The equation looks like this:

BF + (MR x MT) + (DR x DT) + BF2 = Final Rider Fare

Here’s a real life example: Say you fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, and need a ride to the conference center at Georgia Tech University. This is an 11 mile ride, and takes approximately 18 minutes in low traffic time. Base fare for an UberX in Atlanta is $1.00, with a per minute rate of $.12 and a per mile rate of $.81. There is a booking fee of $2.25.

$1.00 + ($.12 x 18) + ($.81 x 11) + $2.25 = $14.32

Uber Estimate put this amount at $19-24, which is a little higher. As you can see, various contributing factors will change your rider fare, including surge pricing (an uptick in pricing due to high rider demand and low driver supply) and traffic. However, let’s go with the $19 estimated and from here, we can calculate what a driver will actually be paid for this example ride.

Uber & Lyft Commission

That $19 is great, but that amount doesn’t go home with the driver. Uber and Lyft take 20% of each fare. So a driver is paid 80% of that final fare is $15. Assuming you are able to get another similar ride in the same hour, you have the potential of making up to $30 in an hour, which is certainly a decent hourly rate.

However, it’s more likely that you’ll get shorter rides that earn you significantly less than that. Uber and Lyft do have minimum fares, which guarantees that riders will always make a certain amount, even if they take a short ride. This is to guarantee that drivers aren’t negatively impacted by 2-3 block rides which take only a few minutes. This minimum fare varies from city to city.

Hours

The hours you drive and offer rides have a significant impact on how much you’ll make driving for Uber and Lyft. It sounds pretty straightforward, but it makes sense that the more available you are, the more likely you’ll be to get higher paying rides.

Depending on what city you inhabit, the time of day you drive will have a pretty big impact on how much you can make. If surge pricing takes effect, you can earn more until the surge ends. Times of rush hour (when employees are going to and from work), and active nightlife are often times of higher earning potential. Just make sure you look out for your safety if you offer rides late at night.

Extra Expenses

Car Insurance

  • Uber offers supplementary liability insurance that takes effect while you are accepting rides, driving to pick riders up, and taking them to your destination.
  • You will need your own car insurance as well, and you are not covered by the insurance provided by Uber or Lyft while offline. When you rent with HyreCar, though, they take care of your insurance policy for you, an added bonus of renting versus using your own vehicle for ridesharing.

Payments

  • Depending on whether or not you own or lease a car, you will need to make payments on that car, which adds to your working expenses while you are a driver.
  • Many people choose to lease or rent to drive, as their own vehicle is not up to standards to serve as a ridesharing vehicle. This may increase the normal car payment amount.

Tolls

  • Depending on your location, you’ll want to factor tolls into your incidental costs. For example, a driver in Orlando, FL could end up encurring up to $5.00 in toll costs simply by driving from one end of the city to the other. Tolls are NOT covered by Uber or Lyft.

License Fees

  • All of your typical fees (renewing your driver’s license and license plate) are not covered by Uber or Lyft, and will be your own financial responsibility.

Gas

  • Uber and Lyft do not cover gas expenses. Obviously if you are driving for one of these companies, you are going to spending more on gas than you normally would, so gas costs will be subtracted from your overall earnings.

Maintenance

  • Car maintenance is always costly, but you may incur more costs by offering driving services through Uber and Lyft. Simply driving more frequently increases the wear and tear on your vehicle, and there is also the potential for damage if your rider is not respectful to your property (or perhaps gets sick!)

Factors such as the age of your car, the city you drive in, the type of car you drive, and much more, will contribute to the overall incidental costs of driving for Uber or Lyft.

However, a general rule for drivers with Uber and Lyft is to deduct an additional 20% of a ride fare to cover all of these expenses. So, if you take that $19 fare we mentioned earlier, and deduct the additional 20%, your earnings go down to $11.40.

The Facts

So now that we’ve talked about everything that contributes to the actual take-home earnings of an Uber or Lyft driver what do the numbers say?

Harry Campbell, a popular ridesharing blogger, conducted a study, and using data, gives some real numbers to the question of how much drivers are really making.

Campbell found that drivers “reported earning $15.28 per hour,” but assumes that number is really a bit lower based on all of the incidental expenses we’ve already mentioned. As you can see from this pie chart, the largest number of drivers earn between $10-15 per hour.

Glassdoor, a company that uses employee information to give in-depth looks into companies, reports on Uber earnings regularly, and their data supports this average amount as well.

If you were hoping to make more than that driving for Uber or Lyft, there are a few ways you can try to up your earnings.

How Can I Make More?

Tips are one of the simplest ways to earn a little more money as a driver. While tips aren’t guaranteed, they are allowable, and you can encourage tips with the following helpful ideas:

  • Always keep your vehicle clean and inviting.
  • Offer bottled water to passengers.
  • Provide access to charging cables for phones and other devices.
  • Ask if there’s anything your passenger what like to listen to while riding.
  • Be friendly!

While tips have always been allowed, there was not, historically, a way for riders to tip drivers through the app. However, it looks like this is about to change. In June, Uber launched their “180 Days of Change” campaign to try and address some of the ongoing struggles for drivers and improve the overall driving experience. One of the big plans? Enabling tipping through the app. This is already available in about 100 cities, and is definitely a step in the right direction for drivers!

Referral Programs are another easy way to make additional money through your career with Uber or Lyft. Both companies offer sign on bonuses to encourage new drivers to sign up, and current drivers to spread the word.

Here’s how this works. A current driver can use their personal referral code to refer others to Uber or Lyft. When the new driver signs up using that referral code, both parties have the potential to earn a significant* sign on bonus once the new driver has completed the required amount of driving within the first 30 days of signing up.

To learn more about how referral programs work, you can read all about it here.

*Potential bonus amounts vary based on the new driver’s city.

Conclusion

On average, Uber and Lyft drivers make less than $15/hour. However, with so many contributing factors – amount of time spent driving, tolls, insurance costs, car payments, location – it’s hard to say how much any individual would make without knowing these specifics.

Take this information and do a little information on your own to find out if driving in your city is worth it for you! You might be surprised to find you can make more than you thought.

Everything You Need to Know About Uber and Lyft Referral Bonuses

One of the easiest ways to earn some extra money as an Uber or Lyft driver is to take advantage of their sign-up bonus offers. Because these companies are focused on growth, they continue to offer a bonus to drivers simply for signing up to become drivers with their companies.

Pretty great, right?

Yes, but only if you really know what you’re doing. As with almost every company offering “free money,” it’s important to understand the fine print and know exactly how to ensure that you receive the bonus, both as a referring driver and as a new driver.

Whether you are already driving, or are considering venturing into a career of ridesharing, here’s everything you need to know about this incredibly profitable and important aspect of bonuses.

The Basics: How it Works

If you’re a new driver looking to sign up, the first thing you need to know – aside from the requirements for Uber and Lyft Drivers – is that a sign-up bonus is ONLY received through a referral from an existing driver. You cannot simply sign up as a new driver for Uber or Lyft and earn a sign-up bonus.

So how does this referral system work? If you’re already a driver, you’ve probably noticed that you receive emails and notifications from Uber reminding you to invite friends to become drivers in order to receive a bonus, and earn one for them as well.

Because Uber and Lyft want new drivers, they use this incentive to get the word out through existing drivers and encourage their friends to sign up. The existing driver takes their referral code, invites friends to sign up, and then both existing and new driver will receive a bonus as a result.

Existing Driver (Referer)

  • Retrieve your referral code from your Partner Dashboard under “Invites.”
  • Give the code to friends and tell them to enter it when they sign up as new drivers (you can also tweet or share the code as a link).
  • Remind your friends to complete the process of signing up and completing the required number of rides*.
  • A bonus** will automatically be credited to your account once they do this.

New Driver (Referee)

  • Use the referral code you’ve received from a friend when you sign up as a new Uber or Lyft driver. If you use a referral link, it should automatically enter the code for you.
  • Once you are active, you must complete the specified number of rides* within 30 days.
  • The bonus** will automatically be credited to your account, once you’ve satisfied the ride number requirement.

*The number of rides required within the 30 day period to earn the bonus is typically between 50-100 rides, depending on your city
**The bonus amount is dependent upon the new driver’s city, not the existing driver’s.

How Much Can You Earn?

This is one of the things that can get pretty confusing for people, and often makes drivers angry. Lyft doesn’t actually list bonus amounts anymore, presumably for this very reason, that it got too confusing.

Here’s the basic gist:

Existing Drivers (Referers)

  • When you refer new drivers, an amount will appear on that link page. That is the bonus amount for your city.
  • A new driver (referee) will sign up using your link.
    • If the new driver is in your city, the bonus amount listed for your city will be applied.
    • If the new driver is NOT in your city, your bonus amount will be the amount offered in his/her city. It will not be the amount offered for your city.

New Drivers (Referees)

  • When you click on a referral link, you will see a bonus amount offered. This is the amount offered in the referring driver’s city.
  • Once you’ve used their sign up code and completed the required number of trips, the bonus amount you’ll actually receive is based on your city.

Here’s an example:

Say a new driver signs up using a link from an existing driver in Miami, and a $500* sign-up bonus is offered. If the new driver also happens to drive in Miami, the bonus amount will be $500 for both new and existing driver. However, if that new driver signs up in Cleveland, and the bonus amount for Cleveland is $300*, then both new and existing driver will receive $300.

Bonuses can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000, depending on where you sign up. So how do you find out how much you get for your city? Unfortunately, there’s not a list anywhere, and that information isn’t readily available. However, you can use Uber or Lyft’s help section, either online or in the app.

Simply send in a question, letting them know you’re interested in becoming a new driver, and would like to know what the sign-up bonus for your city is. This is really the only way to know for sure how much you’ll make when you use an existing driver’s referral code.

*Note: These amounts do not reflect actual bonus amounts offered in those cities.

What’s Your Activation Date?

Your activation date is the day you begin driving for Uber or Lyft. A common complaint has been that you can’t rely on an email or message letting you know you’re active. So once you’ve applied as a new driver, you’ll want to make sure you keep tabs on when you become eligible to go online and drive. If your application hasn’t been approved, you can use the help portal we just mentioned to check in on your status.

Knowing when you’re active is important for a couple of reasons. First, you don’t want to miss out on any time that you could be driving, as your bonus is contingent upon you completing a certain amount of rides. Second, you’ll need it’s information for retroactive referrals, which we’ll get to in a minute.

Get Your Referral Code

How do you get, and distribute, your referral code as an existing driver? Well, like we said, you’ll probably get regular reminders from Uber, encouraging you to refer others as new drivers. You can get that code by going to your partner dashboard, and from there you can opt to invite with your code, with gmail, or manually.

Your code is a combination of letters and numbers, which could be mis-typed if someone were to enter it manually when they sign-up. This would mean that you, the driver, wouldn’t get credit. Instead, you can either select “tweet” or “share,” or create your own embedded link, so that drivers are simply linking to you when they sign up, rather than entering a code.

Spread the Word

You can simply get your code to your friends or potential drivers you know. However, it doesn’t hurt to spread the word to as many people as possible. Spreading a wide net is an especially good idea with Uber and Lyft referrals, because not everyone will follow through, even once they’ve signed up. So, the more who use your code, the better chance of receiving bonuses.

You can spread the word by tweeting or sharing your link, and inviting others to retweet or share, even if they themselves aren’t interested.

Keep Track of Referrals

Once you’ve invited others to sign-up to receive a bonus, a great way to increase the likelihood of receiving those bonuses is to track your referrals and send encouragements and reminders. While Uber and Lyft want the drivers, it’s really up to you to close the deal.

You can go to the “track invites” tab of the app, or the partner dashboard (referral dashboard with Lyft) and simply click on the “remind button” of any given referee to encourage them to complete their required amount of rides and claim their bonus.

How Do Retroactive Referrals Work?

How Do Retroactive Referrals Work?

The sign-up bonus system works pretty similarly for Uber and Lyft, but this is the one area in which they differ. Uber offers retroactive referrals, Lyft does not. This means that if you either forget to use a referral code, or didn’t know you could use one, you still have a chance at earning that bonus.

Like we said earlier, it’s important to know your activation date for this retroactive referrals. Once you’ve signed up as a new driver, you have 15 days from your activation date to apply for a retroactive referral.

You’d go about this the same way you would with any question – contact Uber via the help portal. Let them know you’d like to enter a referral code retroactively, and make sure you include your date of activation, as well as the driver name and code you’d like to apply.

What’s the Difference Between Guarantees and Referrals?

This question caused no small amount of trouble back in 2016 when Uber decided to change their sign-up bonus approach without telling anyone, offering guarantees instead of straight-up bonuses. They’ve since fixed the problem, but we still want to make you aware that guarantees and referrals are not the same thing. Here’s the difference:

A guarantee says that you are guaranteed a certain amount of earnings with your first XX amount of rides. If you are under that amount at the end of achieving that number of rides, Uber will meet the difference. However, if you are at or above that amount, you won’t receive any extra.

A referral should, unless otherwise stated, guarantee that amount offered above and beyond your earnings. So, if your referral should earn you $200, that $200 should be added to your earnings at the end of the 30 day period, assuming you’ve met the criteria.

This is a good reason to read the fine print and make sure you ask Uber questions about what you are getting with your referral code.

Conclusion

It takes a bit of work, but driving for Uber or Lyft can be a pretty lucrative career if you’re willing to do that work. Earning money by driving is exciting, but what’s even more exciting is kick-starting that career with a bonus. Don’t miss out on your bonus! Become a driver today and make sure you use a referral code to earn extra money!

How Safe is Uber and Lyft for Female Drivers? 9 Tips to Stay Secure

Since ridesharing burst onto the scene a few years ago, a big question for many has centered around how women fit into the picture.

First, of course, is the question of how safe it is for women to ride with Uber or Lyft, essentially hopping into vehicles with total strangers. Thankfully, Uber and Lyft have both made enormous efforts to ensure that drivers are properly vetted and qualified before employing them.

Secondly, though, is the question of how safe it is for women to DRIVE with Uber or Lyft. The answer to this is a little more nebulous, as there really isn’t a way to completely vet passengers before allowing them to request a ride. Sure, there’s a rating system, but if a passenger hasn’t been rated yet, this won’t apply.

Women should have every right to drive with Uber or Lyft, but let’s face it, there can be dangers. But we want to see that change, so here are some important safety tips for women as they consider a career as a ridesharing driver.

1. Check Ratings

Uber and Lyft have ratings systems with good reason. Both companies have a two way rating system, which allows the passenger to rate the driver, and vice versa. This is maybe one of the most helpful ways to guard your safety.

When you receive a ride request, check the rider’s ratings. This will enable you to make sure that the rider has a history of following Uber’s community guidelines. Anything below a four star rating should be a red flag.

Uber and Lyft encourage ratings for this very purpose, that both passengers and drivers should be able to check them and make wise decisions about who they’re willing to ride with.

2. Give Ratings

Of course, another way to guard safety, especially the safety of OTHER drivers, is to give detailed ratings when possible. You benefit from the ratings others have given, and you want to give the same benefit to other drivers and riders.

If you have reason to feel unsafe or even uncomfortable during a ride, don’t be afraid to rate that rider honestly. When you do this, you serve that rider with a warning, you protect other drivers, and you contribute to that rider being deactivate if their behavior doesn’t improve.

3. Take Care of Your Car

Just in terms of general safety, you should be sure that your car is always in excellent working condition when you’re getting ready to drive. Don’t put off taking it into the shop or getting your oil changed, and then set off to pick up total strangers.

It would be dangerous for both you and your passenger were you to break down in the middle of the ride no matter when it happens or who it is. But it would be especially dangerous were it to happen at night, with a passenger whom you already didn’t feel great about.

If there’s ever a time to be vigilant about the upkeep of your vehicle, it’s when you’re driving for Uber or Lyft. In fact, you must pass a 19-point vehicle inspection in order to drive for them, so keeping your car in excellent condition is kind of a no-brainer!

4. Choose Times Wisely

It may be that you don’t really have a choice about when you’re able to drive for Uber or Lyft, but if you do, we recommend driving during the safest times of day. Typically, conditions become less safe between the hours of 9:00PM and 5:00AM. Driving during the day means you’re less likely to run into someone who is drunk or who has questionable intentions.

If you do need to drive during these times, you’ll want to make sure you have a plan in place for what to do if you don’t feel safe. Have a person on call to answer if you need them and avoid areas that you know to be unsafe, and just generally follow your gut instincts.

5. Choose Areas Wisely

Aside from making sure you’re not driving during times that are less safe, it’s best to avoid areas where you might not feel safe. This might be the street with all the bars near campus, or a neighborhood with a known history of violence and crime. Whatever the case, if you don’t feel great about being there, it’s probably best to avoid it.

You’ll also want to make sure you have a very reliable navigation app to ensure you aren’t getting lost or turned around in an unfamiliar area.

6. Don’t Be Afraid To Cancel

When driving for Uber or Lyft, especially in the beginning, you can feel the pressure to never cancel on a rider. Obviously you want to receive good ratings, and you don’t want to risk being deactivated for frequent cancelling.

However, there is a good time to cancel, and if you feel at all unsafe when you arrive to pick up a rider, then that is the time. Don’t forget that you will be able to explain why you cancelled the trip, and don’t forget that your safety is obviously the most important factor in play.

Vickie Fagan, who wrote about being a female Uber driver, describes the one time she felt unsafe as being one she should have cancelled, in which the rider gave a false name and was not who he had described himself to be. Rather than a woman, she ended up picking up two men.

“You are not obliged to let someone into the car who does not match the name on the request,” she says.

7. Have a Plan For Inebriated Passengers

As most ridesharing drivers will tell you, there really isn’t a way to avoid the fact that you will pick up a drunk passenger from time to time. After all, one of the reasons people call Uber and Lyft is because they are unable to drive themselves, and being drunk certainly qualifies as a reason for that.

The first thing to remember is that this will often be more of an inconvenience than anything. Typically you aren’t in danger of much, except perhaps your car being puked in. In addition to having water and chargers available for passengers, maybe have some vomit bags on hand as well, just in case.

Secondly, you should, as we have already said, feel free to cancel if a passenger’s drunkenness seems dangerous in any way. If you arrive to pick someone up and they make any comments that are inappropriate, there is no need to let them in your car. However, if they simply seem too drunk to get themselves home, you just may need to put up with a few uncomfortable minutes.

8. Get Your Friends In On Your Safety

One of the best ways to feel and be safe while driving is getting others in on your safety. There are several ways you can do this.

  • Make sure someone always knows you are on duty. Just shoot a quick text letting them know you’ll be driving for the next several hours.
  • Use an app, such as Find My Friends, that will enable a friend or family member to keep tabs on your location. If you were to feel unsafe, they could find you quickly.
  • Check in when you get a moment between rides, and have a friend who is waiting for you to check in and will text when they don’t hear from you.

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These steps aren’t totally necessary, but they can do a lot for your peace of mind as you drive.

Another alternative to driving with Uber or Lyft is See Jane Go, which is a ride sharing company exclusively for women. This ensures that you always pick up a woman, allowing you to feel both safe and empowered at the same time.

9. Don’t Be Ruled By Fear

As much as we want to emphasize the need for taking safety precautions as you drive for Uber or Lyft, the truth is that it’s safer than you may realize, and you don’t want to spend all your time ruled by fear.

In another story, Fagan recounts some men getting in her car in the late afternoon, already drunk. She was nervous at first, but quickly realized they were both just excited because their team had just won a big game, and she ended up having a great ride with them.

It would be easy to give into being nervous about every passenger, but that’s not the solution. Instead, take all of the precautions we’ve mentioned so that you know you’ll be safe, and then trust that you’ve set yourself up for success.

Conclusion

Is it safe for women to drive with Uber and Lyft? Yes. It’s safe for women, just as it’s safe for men, if they are smart and protect themselves. Let’s face it, all of these things are true for all drivers, and everyone can benefit from having some safety tactics in place before deciding to drive with Uber or Lyft.

If you’re a woman and have been unsure about pursuing a career with Uber or Lyft, it’s wise to be concerned about safety, but we don’t think it should prevent you from experiencing a career that many have found to be ideal due to its flexibility, ease, and earning potential.

Be smart, have a plan, but above all, enjoy the ride.

HyreCar Vs. Turo: Best Platform to Rent Your Car?

If you’ve looked into driving for a ride-sharing service, such as Uber, or Lyft, then you know that it’s important to have a qualified vehicle in order to do so. While some can afford to pursue this with their current vehicle, many look into either leasing, buying, or renting a newer car in order to offer ride-sharing services.

Enter car-sharing rental services. Rather than spend the money on leasing a newer vehicle, or dealing with the upkeep and maintenance of your own, you can rent cars, not from car rental companies, such as Avis and Hertz, but from other people.

In many ways, it’s just the obvious extension of the ride-sharing idea. Why use an expensive taxi when I could just be a tap away from a car showing up to take me where I need to go? Why spend the money on a pricey rental service when there’s probably someone nearby willing to rent their car to me instead?

Two such companies are HyreCar and Turo. While the two companies offer similar services, there are definitely some differences in quality and trust. How do they measure up? Let’s talk about the main categories you should consider when choosing between the two.

HyreCar

How It Works

For Drivers: There are six basic steps you’ll take to rent a car from someone using HyreCar.

  1. Sign up using Facebook, Google or Email. HyreCar will verify your ridesharing status and eligibility in order to  approve you.
  2. Browse cars in your area.
  3. Find the car you like, and click “Book Now.” An owner has 24 hours to approve or decline your request.
  4. Arrange to pick up the car with the owner. Download and upload insurance, registration, and vehicle inspection to your ridesharing portal. Confirm the damage waiver and present your license.
  5. Earn Money while you drive by offering ridesharing services, such as Uber or Lyft. If you need to extend your rental, you can easily do that.
  6. Fill up the car with gas, drop it off with the owner, and make sure you rate them.

For Owners: Here are the four basic steps for renting out your car.

  1. Register your car with HyreCar. Get the vehicle inspected, upload your registration and upload some quality photos.
  2. You’ll receive a notification when someone wants to rent your car. Respond as quickly as possible. This is not only to ensure the happiness of the driver, but also to make sure another owner doesn’t respond first!
  3. Arrange to meet with your driver to hand over the keys. Make sure you check gas mileage and overall vehicle condition first!
  4. Meet your driver at the prearranged location, look over the vehicle, and rate your driver.

HyreCar’s cancellation policy is as follows:

For Drivers: cancellation is possible anytime prior to acceptance from the owner, and after booking (but before pick-up), cancellation will be allowed for reasonable issues. In both cases, a driver must contact HyreCar support.

For Owners: As long as insurance has not been issued, owner’s may cancel up to two times a month, by contacting HyreCar support, before being at risk for deactivation.

How Does Insurance Work?

HyreCar’s insurance policy is pretty straightforward and easy to understand. Here are the basics:

  • The insurance policy of Uber or Lyft trumps HyreCar’s policy while you have a passenger.
  • HyreCar’s policy is $10 a day (this is for drivers only).
  • You are required to have personal insurance at the state minimum.
  • The HyreCar policy covers up to $25,000 of vehicle damage, and up to $300,000 liability.
  • There is a $2,500 deductible for all damages for drivers.
  • It’s fairly similar to most ridesharing policies.
  • Insurance begins and ends at the start and end time of your rental. If you extend your rental, you’ll want to make sure your insurance coverage get’s extended as well.

What Do The Reviews Say?

According to this review by Harry over at The RideShare Guy, the experience with HyreCar was overwhelmingly positive. Highlights include:

  • Customer service was excellent and easy to access.
  • Trust and safety were established through HyreCar’s scam vetting process.
  • There are some luxury vehicles available, but the majority are affordable cars that are well-suited for the purpose of ridesharing.
  • Costs of maintenance and depreciation are built into the price of the rental, rather than being covered by you (were you to use your own vehicle for ridesharing.
  • It provides flexibility: it’s fairly easy and quick to get in and out of rentals.

As far as any negatives, Harry’s main complaint was that it’s not a great long-term solution for those looking to pursue a career in ridesharing, being less cost-effective over time.

Turo

How It Works

For Drivers: Turo works similarly to HyreCar in this way. Here are the five steps for drivers.

  1. Create an account with Facebook, Gmail, or your email account and wait for approval.
  2. Once approved, search for cars in your area.
  3. Book your vehicle (some cars have a “Book Instantly” option). Owners have up to 8 hours to respond to your request.
  4. Arrange for vehicle pick up with the owner. You can also have the car delivered for a fee. Present your license at pick up.
  5. Return the car at the location you’ve arranged with the owner, after filling the car up with gas.

For Owners: Four easy steps for owners.

  1. Create a free account, describe your car and upload photos, and keep a calendar of car availability updated for potential drivers.
  2. Respond quickly when you get a request for your car.
  3. Check your car and gas mileage, and meet with your driver at the arranged location. Make sure you check their license.
  4. Pick your car back up from the driver at the arranged time and location. Make sure you rate them when it’s all done!

Turo’s cancellation policy is as follows:

For Drivers: 100% of the trip price will be refunded up to seven days before the trip. After that, 90% of the trip price is refunded, and if the cancellation is less than 24 hours before the trip, there is no refund. The trip FEE is non-refundable one hour after booking.

For Owners: Owners must notify Turo and the traveler of cancellation at least 72 hours in advance. If it is less than this, they incur a $50 a charge, and risk being removed from the marketplace.

How Does Insurance Work?

Turo’s Insurance policy is a bit more complicated than HyreCar’s. Here are some basic things you’d want to know, although you may want to take a deeper dive if you’re planning on driving or renting with them.

  • You DO need to have your own personal insurance in order to register your car with Turo as an owner.
  • Turo offers 4 insurance options for coverage: Owner Provided, Basic, Standard, and Premium.
  • Owner Provided: Commercial insurance must be provided before the rental and approved by Turo.
  • Basic: Liability coverage up to the minimum required by the state where the car is registered. Physical damage deductible is $3000.
  • Standard: No Physical damage deductible. Does not cover loss of income or exterior wear and tear.
  • Premium: “Liability coverage up to $1,000,000; physical damage to the car covered up to the actual cash value of the car. In each case, coverage is secondary to any other insurance you may already have. There is no deductible for the supplemental liability coverage; for the physical damage protection, once you’ve exhausted your own insurance for physical damage, your out-of-pocket exposure is limited to $500.
  • Owner Provided allows the owner to keep 90% of the trip price.
  • Basic coverage costs 15% of the trip price (10% in Canada).
  • Standard coverage costs 25% of the trip price.
  • Premium coverage costs 35% of the trip price.

What Do The Reviews Say?

Over at RideSharingDriver, a blogger reviewed his experience with Turo:

If you’re looking to rent a luxury vehicle for a decent price, Turo is a decent competitor with the big name rental companies.
The insurance situation was somewhat confusing, and this blogger admittedly just chose the basic package without really thinking about it.
The owner responded to his request within 20 minutes.
There were a lot of cars to choose from.
It was easy to search for and select a car.
Coordinating with an owner is a little more work than a general rental would be, which may not appeal to some.
Because of added fees (insurance protection, gas, delivery fees), the listed price may not be reflective of your actual total.

Summary: How Do HyreCar and Turo Compare?

Both HyreCar and Turo have some strengths and weaknesses (all companies do!), but if you’re looking to use a car rental for ridesharing purposes, we think HyreCar is the smarter option.

Turo is meant to be a substitute for your regular car rental service, which might make it a good choice for a weekend drive or a business trip, but makes it less ideal if you’re hoping to use it to make money with Uber or Lyft. There are two main reasons for this:

First, Turo’s insurance policy is far more complex, and far less cost-effective than HyreCar’s. Because of this, drivers may be compelled to make an unwise decision about what coverage to choose, and the last thing you want is to put yourself, or your passengers in danger. If you do choose the premium coverage, you’re significantly increasing the cost of your rental, meaning more work to make up the difference.

Second, HyreCar’s cancellation policy is more geared toward those intending to use their rental for ridesharing, so it’s more conducive to that purpose. For Turo, there is zero chance of refund if a driver cancels less than a day in advance, and for owners, it’s three days.

If you’re looking into car rentals for your ridesharing business, we recommend HyreCar, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

HyreCar is now operational in Louisiana

LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2017 /HyreCar/ –– HyreCar meets Louisiana! We are proud to announce that we are now fully operational in Louisiana and would like to invite all rideshare drivers and car owners to join us and take advantage of the opportunity to make supplemental income.

“We’re very excited about this expansion into Louisiana and have been looking forward to this opportunity to expand our platform since the company’s inception. HyreCar’s ultimate goal is to empower and connect communities through the creation of a vibrant sharing economy and on-demand opportunities,” – Joe Furnari, CEO, HyreCar.

HyreCar is a web-based open platform that integrates the sharing economy with on-demand services. Our dual-sided marketplace allows vehicle owners to earn money on their idle vehicle assets while providing access to reliable options for drivers looking to rent cars for ride-share companies. The HyreCar team is pioneering the bridge between car-sharing and ride-sharing.

  • Peer-to-peer car rentals for Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services
  • On-boarding of drivers and owners through website and mobile app
  • Flexible rental options by day, week, or month
  • Rentals available for drivers 21 years and older

About HyreCar

HyreCar currently operates in 28 states across the US, with new markets opening up each month. Drivers and vehicle owners alike can utilize our marketplace to create a source of revenue for themselves where one did not previously exist. Using our website or mobile app, car owners can list their vehicles and connect to potential renters. Drivers can select to rent vehicles by the day, week, or month to potentially drive for on-demand service companies such as Uber, Lyft, Postmates and more.

Connect with us:

Facebook: @hyrecar

Instagram: @hyrecar

Twitter: @hyrecar

Web: www.hyrecar.com

HyreCar is now operational in Florida

LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2017 /HyreCar/ –– HyreCar meets Florida! We are proud to announce that we are now fully operational in Florida and would like to invite all rideshare drivers and car owners to join us and take advantage of the opportunity to make supplemental income.

“We’re very excited about this expansion into Florida and have been looking forward to this opportunity to expand our platform since the company’s inception. HyreCar’s ultimate goal is to empower and connect communities through the creation of a vibrant sharing economy and on-demand opportunities,” – Joe Furnari, CEO, HyreCar.

HyreCar is a web-based open platform that integrates the sharing economy with on-demand services. Our dual-sided marketplace allows vehicle owners to earn money on their idle vehicle assets while providing access to reliable options for drivers looking to rent cars for ride-share companies. The HyreCar team is pioneering the bridge between car-sharing and ride-sharing.

  • Peer-to-peer car rentals for Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services
  • On-boarding of drivers and owners through website and mobile app
  • Flexible rental options by day, week, or month
  • Rentals available for drivers 21 years and older

About HyreCar

HyreCar currently operates in 28 states across the US, with new markets opening up each month. Drivers and vehicle owners alike can utilize our marketplace to create a source of revenue for themselves where one did not previously exist. Using our website or mobile app, car owners can list their vehicles and connect to potential renters. Drivers can select to rent vehicles by the day, week, or month to potentially drive for on-demand service companies such as Uber, Lyft, Postmates and more.

Connect with us:

Facebook: @hyrecar

Instagram: @hyrecar

Twitter: @hyrecar

Web: www.hyrecar.com

The Environmental Benefits of Ridesharing

How Renting a Car Can Improve the Environment

It’s not a secret that cars do a lot of damage to our environment. They produce tons of toxic pollutants and chemicals that result in greenhouse emissions, acid rain, climate change, and significant water and air pollution.

This environmental damage also influences people’s health ranging from minor headaches to cancer to birth defects.

While it would not be practical to abandon cars as a means of transportation, there are ways to at least minimize the damage to the environment.

The concept of ridesharing provides a great opportunity to improve the current ecological situation.

What are the real environmental benefits of ridesharing? And why does owning a car do much more damage to the environment than renting one?

Let’s find it out!

Why Is Owning a Car Worse for the Environment than Renting?

A personal car is, of course, a privilege. However, it also does a lot of damage to the environment.

Here’s why.

As the number of cars on the roads keeps increasing, so does the amount of pollutant emission.

People keep buying personal cars, and by doing so they also contribute to environmental deterioration.

Source: maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com

Consider the statistics below taken from statista.com. It is obvious that the number of vehicles is steadily rising.

Source: statista.com

This already puts a great burden on the Earth, and there is no sign that the growth will stop.

The research company Bernstein predicts that by 2040 the total number of cars in use worldwide will almost double and may even exceed 2 billion.

As more people buy and use personal cars, the damage will be even more serious than it is now.

Increasing levels of air pollution accelerate global warming.

Passenger vehicles, along with light and heavy trucks, are considered to be the main sources of air pollution.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks,” the transportation sector of the United States, including all the transportation means, produces approximately 30% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: wikimedia.org

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has estimated that the amount of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the atmosphere has reached a tipping point.

Global atmospheric temperatures are considered to be higher than ever before. And with the increasing levels of greenhouse emissions, global warming will continue to increase.

Humanity is already dealing with disastrous consequences of global warming including the significant rise of sea levels, the melting of glaciers, and more. These consequences will become even worse if the number of cars is not decreased.

Many cars require a lot of fuel, so non-renewable energy sources are being quickly exhausted.

The consumption of oil is also steadily increasing. Oil is a non-renewable source of energy, and we may soon run out of it.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2016 the United States consumed an average of approximately 19.63 million barrels of oil per day.

According to BP’s annual report as of 2013, the Earth has a reserve of oil that at the current pace of extraction will only last for another 55 years.

Oil should not be wasted but should instead be used effectively.

It is impossible to stop using cars. But, it is obvious that the environment is already in very bad shape, and it will require great changes.

Let’s take a look at how ridesharing services can help.

How Does Ridesharing Contribute to the Improvement of the Environment?

We can expect real changes in the world of ridesharing as this market is rapidly increasing.

PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that by 2025 the global sharing economy will grow up to roughly $335 billion, compared to approximately $15 billion today.

Source: pexels.com

Ridesharing can actually contribute to the improvement of the environment.

Here’s how.

Ridesharing decreases the use of cars and reduces car congestion.

Ridesharing services allow people to avoid purchasing a car, which results in a decrease in the overall number of cars on the road.

Consider the results of a study conducted by the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. It states that for each car-sharing vehicle in use, there are on average from 9 to 13 fewer cars on the road.

This is because people want to avoid the high costs of car ownership. So, they either sell a car, or postpone buying one.

And it was also estimated that ridesharing helps reduce car emissions between 34% and 41% per year per each household using these services.

Ridesharing helps reduce air pollution.

Cars and light trucks contribute to air pollution the most. We’ve already seen that air pollution increases global warming

But, as we’ve found out, ridesharing helps reduce the number of cars, and consequently, fewer cars produce less carbon dioxide.

The image illustrates the amount of carbon dioxide emissions per capita per country [Source: wikimedia.org]

Consider the results of the same U.C. Berkeley study. According to it, each car owned by a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft removes between 5.5 to 12.7 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

Scientists estimate that this contributed to the decrease of the total carbon dioxide emissions from cars by about 10%.

Thus, ridesharing can also help slow down global warming.

Ridesharing helps conserve non-renewable energy sources.

As you already know, the amount of oil left on the planet is decreasing rapidly. We should not only strive to conserve it, but also to use it effectively.

However, the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard published by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute shows that traffic congestion can cause enormous fuel waste.

Travel delays caused by traffic congestion result in not only wasting about 7 billion extra hours in traffic jams but also burning more than 3 billion gallons of fuel.

So, as noted above, ridesharing helps significantly reduce car congestion. Fewer cars require less fuel and non-renewable energy sources can be conserved for longer.

Conclusions

Vehicles significantly influence the environment. Although people can’t stop using cars completely, they can still contribute to the improvement of the environment by using ridesharing services.

Ridesharing has the following environmental and ecological benefits:

  • Ridesharing helps the public use fewer cars and reduce car congestion because people consider it cheaper to rent a car than have their own.
  • Ridesharing helps reduce air pollutant emission because fewer cars on the road mean that fewer emissions are produced.
  • Ridesharing helps conserve non-renewable energy sources because fewer cars require less fuel.

It is very important to take action and improve the environment now before it is too late.

You can personally make the world a better place by renting a car rather than buying a new one.

Uber and Lyft are back in Austin, TX

After a year long hiatus due to strict regulations, Uber and Lyft are now operational again in Austin, tx.

         

Upon new regulations, the state of Texas now has the ability to regulate the companies, and not the municipalities. The city of Austin will not be allowed to require its own local rates, taxes, or licensing requirements.  HouseBill100 has put ride-hailing regulation under the Texas Department of Regulation instead of local Austin governments.

  

Drivers are still subject to undergo thorough background checks through Uber and Lyft, but will not be required to submit a fingerprint analysis, which was once necessary before HouseBill100 was recently signed.

Prior to the signing, the extraneous fingerprint scan was ultimately causing a large amount of drivers to pull away from Uber and Lyft. The ridesharing companies decided to opt out of working in Austin because they felt that the fingerprint process was harming creating more of a problem for drivers and slowing down their approval time in order to get on the road.

Uber and Lyft drivers should see a huge benefit from re-entering in the states capital. HyreCar partners in the area should see a large demand for their vehicles as this opens the opportunity for many drivers to get back on the road.

For further information on how to rent a vehicle to driver in Austin or how to rent your car to a rideshare driver, please visit the links below:

                

How to Make $1,000 a Week as a Rideshare Driver

Some people don’t realize that working as an Uber or Lyft driver gives you the opportunity earn more money than you would think. Even those who already drive may be surprised at how much more they can make.

Some Uber drivers waste time and fuel driving back and forth searching for clients, then complain about low income and say that it’s impossible to make $1,000 a week. In this article, we will show you that it is quite doable, and then tell you how to do it.

How Much Do Uber Drivers Earn?

Uber drivers make $19 per hour, on average, according to a TechCrunch study. This value varies greatly from one driver to another, as it depends on what vehicle you use and where you drive.

Average hourly Uber driver revenue from Techcrunch

source: techcrunch.com

As you can see, in Los Angeles the average rate is $16.98, and in San Francisco it’s $23.52. At $20 per hour, you need to work 10 hours per day 5 days a week to make $1,000. But it’s too difficult and tiring to drive for 10 hours a day. The best Uber drivers manage to make a lot of money without applying that much effort.

For example, Nick Arapkiles and Jay Bass earn more than $1,000 a week, and share their driving experiences on Youtube. We’ve listened to their advice and added some useful tips to show you how you can do it too.

How to Start Earning $1,000 a Week with Uber

If you are not yet working for Uber, make sure that you meet the requirements. You must be at least 21 years old with at least one year of driving experience in the USA. If you are under 23, you must have three years of experience.

If you are already an Uber driver, the most important thing is to optimize your working process. In this context, the term optimization means making the most of your physical capacity, and adjusting your working routine to become more effective. Here are some tips for accomplishing this.

  1. Prepare for the working day

Make sure you dress comfortably. Your clothes should fit well, as you may spend a lot of time sitting in a car, and uncomfortable clothes may distract you from driving.

Take snacks and water with you so you don’t need to spend time on extra breaks. It’s an open secret that nutrition has a great impact on health condition and productivity.

  1. Plan places for breaks

Of course, you can’t sit in your car for the entire day—you need to take breaks, just like everyone does. ScienceDaily research proves that a good break can make you more effective. Choose 1 to 5 places in different locations where you can have a good break without spending much money.  

  1. To stay fit, stretch or undertake physical exercise before and after driving

A sedentary job like driving can significantly affect your ability to work. If you don’t stretch your muscles before and after work, you may feel uncomfortable as soon as the next day. Poor physical condition will negatively influence your mood and lower your motivation to work.

  1. Get up early enough in the morning to drive people to work or school

Early drive from irishtimes.comsource: irishtimes.com

Many drivers sleep late, which means they skip the morning rush hour, one of the biggest opportunities to make serious money. Uber statistics indicate that morning peak time for driving is between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. If you want to make money, get up early and be ready when your customers need you.

You may as well ride people back home from school and work during afternoon surge. So, don’t miss this time.

  1. Be aware of increased surge fares

Surge fares are Uber prices that increase as demand for drivers grows. Surge times occur when many people are requesting rides all at once and there are not enough cars to go around. This is especially common in bad weather, during rush hours, on national holidays, and when special events are occurring.

Here is a tip on how to increase your surge fare. When you expect a surge, log out of your Uber app. Log back in when surge begins and your rate will be higher than it was before.  

  1. Work on weekends, holidays and during big events

These are when surge times are most likely to happen, so driving during these periods significantly increases your chance to make $1,000 a week.

  1. Use the passenger app to see other cars in the area

It’s good to know where your competition is, but as an Uber driver, your app shows only your client’s location, not where other drivers are. To get around this, just download the Uber passenger’s app, which will show you how close competitors’ cars are both to you and to your potential clients. If there are too many cars, drive to a different location to increase the likelihood of finding a passenger.

  1. Head to central areas during downtime

During downtimes, the chances of finding passengers are higher in busy urban areas than in suburbs.  

  1. Calculate and track your expenses

If you want to make more money, you need to track your expenses. Calculate how much you spend on gas, coffee breaks, and other expenditures during working hours. Analyze this information and figure out how you can minimize your costs. For example, you may notice that over the course of a week you spend too much on buying coffee in shops: $4 a day doesn’t seem like that much, but at $5 a day, that works out to around $1,000 a year! Homemade coffee is cheaper, and you may even find that it tastes better too.

  1. Sign up for Maximum Ridesharing Profits, written by Harry Campbell, The Rideshare Guy

This course will allow you to learn more tools for how to increase your earnings as a rideshare driver. After completing the course, you will have learned some helpful information including: where to find more pickups, how to get more rides at a higher surge price, improving your ratings when they start slipping, how to build a side business while you drive, and more!

Conclusions

Based on average hourly earnings of $19 per hour for Uber drivers, it is definitely possible to earn $1,000 a week. At worst, you will need to work 10 hours a day five days a week, but you can optimize your work and as a result spend less time driving by following these helpful tips:

  • Prepare for the working day in advance to feel comfortable in your car: Take snacks and water, dress comfortably, and don’t forget to do some physical exercise before and after driving.
  • Get up early enough for the morning rush hour to drive people to work or school.
  • Use the passenger app to see other cars in the area. Monitor where your competitors are and go to areas with fewer drivers to increase demand for your service.
  • Head to central areas during quiet times because the chances of finding a passenger in a busy urban area is higher than in outlying areas.
  • Take advantage of increased surge fares to make more money on each ride. If you expect a surge period — as rush hour begins, for example — log out of your Uber app and log in when the surge starts. This will result in a higher surge fare.
  • Work on weekends, holidays and during big events because that is when demand for drivers is highest and surge fares occur most frequently.
  • Calculate and track your expenses. Monitor how much money you spend on gas, coffee, snacks and so on. You may be surprised how quickly small expenditures add up.

 

 

How to Pass the 19-Point Vehicle Inspection

How to pass 19pt vehicle inspection

In order to become an Uber or Lyft driver, your car must pass the 19-point vehicle inspection to confirm that it meets the company’s requirements. In this article, we’ll describe what the inspection is about, and how to pass it.

What Is the 19-Point Vehicle Inspection?

This inspection is a procedure carried out by government or private organizations to check a car in 19 specific areas to ensure that it conforms to safety and operational requirements.

While the 19 points are the same for different companies, their procedures differ slightly. The process also varies based on the geographical location where the inspection is performed.

19 Points Checked:

  1. Headlights
  2. Tail-lights
  3. Turn indicator lights
  4. Stop lights
  5. Foot brakes
  6. Emergency/parking brake
  7. Steering mechanism
  8. Windshield
  9. Heat and air conditioning
  10. Front, rear and side window
  11. Front seat adjustment mechanism
  12. Door controls (open, close, lock)
  13. Horn
  14. Speedometer
  15. Body condition/damage
  16. Muffler and exhaust system
  17. Condition of tires, including tread depth
  18. Interior and exterior rear view mirrors
  19. Safety belts for driver and passengers

If your vehicle has problems in any of these areas, you will not pass the inspection until they are addressed.

Requirements for Uber Vehicle Inspection

The following is the process for ensuring that your car meets Uber’s inspection requirements:

First, make sure that you meet the minimum driver requirements before you start preparing your vehicle for inspection:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have at least one year of driving experience in the USA, and three years if you are under the age of 23.
  • You must have a valid US driver’s license.
  • You must drive an eligible 4-door vehicle.

There are several options for undergoing an Uber inspection.

If you live in a large city, such as in Los Angeles, you can have your car inspected at an Uber Greenlight Center. This is free and takes less than 30 minutes.

If you do not have a specialized Uber center nearby, you can pass an inspection at any government Motor Vehicle Inspection Station.

Here’s the procedure for registering for inspection with Uber:

1. Sign up at Uber

Sign up as a driver and choose your location.

2. Download an inspection form

Download an inspection form from Uber’s website, being sure to choose the one appropriate for your city.

Note that you don’t need a printed form for some Greenlight centers, because specialists there will have the required papers. Check this information on Uber’s website.

3. Choose a center and schedule an inspection

The best way to find the closest vehicle inspection center is to visit Uber’s website. Select your city, and click on Get an Inspection.

You will see a map with the location of Greenlight Centers.

source: Uber.com

In Los Angeles, Jiffy Lube and Sprint Stores are Uber partners. They will cover 100% of annual inspection costs.

When you sign up as a driver, you automatically get an offer to have a vehicle inspection at the nearest Uber center, depending on your location.

You will also receive an offer to schedule your inspection.

Here is a screenshot of the Greenlight Riverside, Los Angeles schedule.

Greenlight center Uber

source: Uber.com

As mentioned before, inspection at Uber Greenlight Center is free. Uber does not cover the cost of inspection by a third-party mechanic, the average cost of which is $20 to $40.

4. Pass vehicle inspection in Uber Greenlight Center

Bring all the necessary documents to get started. These include your driver’s license, vehicle registration, car insurance, and downloaded inspection form.

5. Upload the completed form

Once your vehicle passes inspection, upload pictures of all of the required documents to your profile at partners.uber.com or using your Uber app. If you have trouble, the Uber staff at Greenlight Center will help you.

An example of the inspection form:

The example of vehicle inspection form Uber

source: Uber.com

Requirements for Lyft Vehicle Inspection

Lyft vehicle inspection varies from state to state, just like Uber’s. In some states, Lyft drivers don’t actually have to visit an inspection station; they can upload photos of certain documents as proof that they meet the specifications.

Before preparing for Lyft vehicle inspection make sure that you meet the main Lyft driver requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 1 year.
  • You must have a clean driving record.
  • You must have a vehicle insurance.

Assuming that you meet all of these requirements, you may sign up in Lyft as a driver. Then, choose your location, and carefully read all the standards for your state described on Lyft.com.

Vehicle Inspection in Lyft may be carried out in two ways: with the help of a mentor inspection or at a mechanic station. The correct procedure depends on the state.

Mentor inspections are widespread in many states.

Here is a short guide on how to pass a mentor inspection, based on Lyft recommendations:

  1. Prepare your car. Make sure that it not only will pass all 19 points of the inspection, but is also clean and tidy.
  2. Schedule a session with your mentor, chosen from the list that Lyft will provide.
  3. Download a Vehicle Inspection Form for your state from lyft.com.
  4. Meet with your mentor at the arranged time and place. Don’t be late. The mentor will conduct the 19-point vehicle inspection, and examine your driving skills. Follow his guidance, and feel free to ask questions. Remember, any mistake may cost you the mentor’s approval.
  5. After the mentor’s session, you may need to wait as long as several weeks for Lyft to run a background check. Check your email regularly for a Welcome Kit with a Lyft emblem for your windshield; once it arrives, you are ready to hit the road.

Lyft mentor inspection is free.

The Inspection Form in Arizona:

Lyft vehicle inspection form Arizona

source: Lyft.com

Mechanical Inspection

Citizens of Maryland, for example, may undergo an official state vehicle inspection in the state or several neighboring regions (Maryland driver requirements):

Here is an example of Maryland Vehicle Inspection report:

Maryland vehicle inspection form

source: Lyft.com

The details of the vehicle inspection procedures in all cities where Lyft operates are described here.

Lyft doesn’t provide free mechanic inspection, but will give you a list of auto repair centers and facilities near you. For example, here is a list of Los Angeles facilities.

What If Your Car Doesn’t Pass the Inspection?

The mechanic, Greenlight Center specialist or a mentor who conducted the inspection will explain why your car failed and how to correct the problems.

Once your car is repaired, you can attempt again to pass the inspection.

Summary

In this article, we described how to pass the 19-point vehicle inspection on the Uber and Lyft platforms.

The procedure for completing the inspection varies based on the company and the region where you are located.

  • The first step is always to make sure that you meet the general requirements to be an Uber or Lyft driver.
  • Next, you should check for information about any special requirements in your city. If you are going to work for Uber, find a Greenlight Center or other mechanic center. Download the correct form, schedule an inspection, check that your car is in good condition, and go in for the inspection.
  • Assuming that all goes well, you will receive a form indicating that your car passed. Upload it to Uber’s website or app, and you can start driving and making money.
  • If you are going to work for Lyft, first find out what kind of inspection is required for your city: mentor inspection or mechanic inspection. In some cases, you may just need to verify that your car is in good condition through photos and uploaded documents.
  • You should prepare your car both for mentor and mechanic inspection. If doing a mentor inspection, you should take the human factor into account as well: be punctual and treat your mentor with respect.
  • After the mentor session or mechanic review, you may need to wait for up to two weeks to get final approval. Check for an email indicating that you passed, and you’re ready to start driving for Lyft.

We wish you the best of luck in passing your 19-point vehicle inspection successfully, and have a wonderful working experience with Uber or Lyft!

 

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