Advice to the idiot rookie drivers

tranthe

New Member
Sometimes I sit back amazed wondering how do these new drivers make ANY money. How do they make a living?! Read the whole thread! It's good for you.

I have seen new drivers and talked to drivers on what they do. Most pick up any single call out there, 5 min or 15 min away, 1 miles or 5 miles away. Most don't ever cancel on a rider, because they're scared. Most chase surge like sharks to blood. Others see surge creeping up at 1.2 or 25% and immediately turn their phone on thinking they'll make $100 instead waiting for the surge to go up higher. Some accept all uber pools and lines.

Sometimes I'm at Logan airport in the lot and I'm amazed that the queue for Uber will be 2 cars while the queue for Lyft will be 50 cars because Lyft put 25%. Lyft is very slow at Logan and drivers will opt to wait 30-60 minutes just so they can get a call on 25% (that might take them 4 mile) instead of possibly getting a 30 mile on Uber immediately.

How can we stand up to the shady illegal activities Uber and Lyft do to us, like diactivating drivers for calling passengers to cancel. You heard me correct, Lyft, if you have an issue and cannot pick up the rider and ask him/her to cancel and they do, Lyft will log you out for 1-5 hours and sometimes deactivate drivers. In other words we "contractors" have to do whatever rides Lyft gives us no matter if you have a flat tire, your car won't start or accidentally accepted the ping. But we're not employees we are "contractors."

My advice to the rookies out there.. wise up!
 

Cableguynoe

Well-Known Member
Sometimes I sit back amazed wondering how do these new drivers make ANY money. How do they make a living?! Read the whole thread! It's good for you.

I have seen new drivers and talked to drivers on what they do. Most pick up any single call out there, 5 min or 15 min away, 1 miles or 5 miles away. Most don't ever cancel on a rider, because they're scared. Most chase surge like sharks to blood. Others see surge creeping up at 1.2 or 25% and immediately turn their phone on thinking they'll make $100 instead waiting for the surge to go up higher. Some accept all uber pools and lines.

Sometimes I'm at Logan airport in the lot and I'm amazed that the queue for Uber will be 2 cars while the queue for Lyft will be 50 cars because Lyft put 25%. Lyft is very slow at Logan and drivers will opt to wait 30-60 minutes just so they can get a call on 25% (that might take them 4 mile) instead of possibly getting a 30 mile on Uber immediately.

How can we stand up to the shady illegal activities Uber and Lyft do to us, like diactivating drivers for calling passengers to cancel. You heard me correct, Lyft, if you have an issue and cannot pick up the rider and ask him/her to cancel and they do, Lyft will log you out for 1-5 hours and sometimes deactivate drivers. In other words we "contractors" have to do whatever rides Lyft gives us no matter if you have a flat tire, your car won't start or accidentally accepted the ping. But we're not employees we are "contractors."

My advice to the rookies out there.. wise up!

No rookie will read your post.
Only experienced drivers that will say "oh yeah, I remember when I used to do that."

It's just the way goes. Rookies do what rookies do.
 

negeorgia

Well-Known Member
Sometimes I sit back amazed wondering how do these new drivers make ANY money. How do they make a living?! Read the whole thread! It's good for you.

I have seen new drivers and talked to drivers on what they do. Most pick up any single call out there, 5 min or 15 min away, 1 miles or 5 miles away. Most don't ever cancel on a rider, because they're scared. Most chase surge like sharks to blood. Others see surge creeping up at 1.2 or 25% and immediately turn their phone on thinking they'll make $100 instead waiting for the surge to go up higher. Some accept all uber pools and lines.

Sometimes I'm at Logan airport in the lot and I'm amazed that the queue for Uber will be 2 cars while the queue for Lyft will be 50 cars because Lyft put 25%. Lyft is very slow at Logan and drivers will opt to wait 30-60 minutes just so they can get a call on 25% (that might take them 4 mile) instead of possibly getting a 30 mile on Uber immediately.

How can we stand up to the shady illegal activities Uber and Lyft do to us, like diactivating drivers for calling passengers to cancel. You heard me correct, Lyft, if you have an issue and cannot pick up the rider and ask him/her to cancel and they do, Lyft will log you out for 1-5 hours and sometimes deactivate drivers. In other words we "contractors" have to do whatever rides Lyft gives us no matter if you have a flat tire, your car won't start or accidentally accepted the ping. But we're not employees we are "contractors."

My advice to the rookies out there.. wise up!
How about never call a pax and ask them to cancel. If your car won't start or you have a flat tire, burn your own cancel; if you are doing it right, you have plenty to spare.
 
Newbies,
You DO NOT have to accept every ping. acceptance rate means shit, don't worry about it.
DO NOT turn your app on after concert without surge.
DO NOT accept pool request unless it's 2x surge/boost. Because there could be 2+ potential riders, but if you take a pool request, those riders will not be available for other drives, and the demand will be low, and there will be no surge for everyone. That's why it's not worth it to take pool request, because it is bad for everybody including YOU.

If you need the cash badly, then you do what you gotta do, but it's like an Uber payday loan, you have to pay back when you bring your car to the shop.
 
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