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Discussion in 'Advice' started by Cards2017, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Cards2017

    Cards2017 New Member

    Location:
    St. Louis
    When you guys and gals have no Pax do you go to a staging area and wait for your next ping or do you continue to drive about? Here recently I have noticed that I'm one of the few that sit in one spot and wait for next ping. Everyone else is continually circling the city. Personally I try to shut my vehicle off at times and not use the extra fuel. Is Uber punishing us sitters and pinging the mobiles?
     
  2. jgiun1

    jgiun1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Pittsburgh

    I sit also...cool brakes down and listen to sports for ten- fifteen minutes ( I'm a night guy)
     
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  3. Brobaly

    Brobaly Member

    Location:
    Flavor Town
    I sit and use that time to read books, catch up on my favorite shows/movies, and apply for jobs.
     
  4. ABC123DEF

    ABC123DEF Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southeastern USA
    Driving:
    UberX
    Just sit. I find driving around aimlessly to be a waste of time and gas plus it's exhausting because I'm using up unnecessary focus on the road.
     
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  5. jgiun1

    jgiun1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Pittsburgh

    Amen to that....little breaks, not real long ones help clear my mind driving and refreshed
     
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  6. MercDuke

    MercDuke Active Member

    Location:
    Conifer
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    I have a couple places I like to PARK where the Police won't hassle me, and I PARK. You will go broke/wear out your vehicle if you drive around, in my opinion.
     
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  7. Jcposeidon

    Jcposeidon Active Member

    Location:
    Austin, tx
    Sit and wait pings will come your way
     
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  8. Rakos

    Rakos Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberXL
    At one time...

    I could drive right past a sitter...

    And get the ping every time...

    Now with so many Uber's...

    It's not happening as much...

    Seems like Uber has democrarized...

    The driver pool...somewhat...8>)

    Rakos
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  9. Bubbajr

    Bubbajr New Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    I try to get a few minutes to sit and relax but it rarely happens. I just finished driving for 6 hours and had 34 rides. In a small college town uber is in high demand. I'm happy with it though. Averaging $22 an hour every Thursday-Saturday is enough for me to give up breaks for a few hours.
     
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  10. Karen Stein

    Karen Stein Well-Known Member

    Location:
    St. Louis
    After dropping off a fare, I usually find a spot nearby to sit. Then I set a timer for 15 minutes; if I don't get a fare in that time, I go somewhere else.

    It's amazing how often I get a fare, even when I'm "out in the sticks "

    There are exceptions. I don't wait at the airport. Or if I know an area is "working" I'll run right back after a trip.
     
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  11. cratter

    cratter Active Member

    Location:
    Grand Forks, ND
    Do both. Learn the area. Get a feel for key places to park and get pings. Some of that only comes with trial and error. It all depends on the time and day. Sometimes it pays to take the road less traveled.
     
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  12. Italianrick

    Italianrick Member

    Location:
    Sanford florida
    I have multiple staging area's. I'll park and wait 15 to 20 minutes for a ping if no ping I'll move to the next area. I have on many occasions recieved pings as i was moving from 1 staging to another
     
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  13. Alison Chains

    Alison Chains Active Member

    Location:
    Central Indiana
    Driving:
    UberX
    Driving around aimlessly is bad, mkay?

    I pull up to a nearby Pokemon Go gym. Those gyms are generally landmarks of some kind. My measure of quality is how often I get a ping before I'm done battling the gym. Many work noticeably better than random spots. All of them work better than cruising around putting wear on myself and the car. And the cops just shake their head if you're parked there playing a video game.
     
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  14. 1.5xorbust

    1.5xorbust Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Diego
    How often do you get a fare ‘out in the sticks’?
     
  15. Karen Stein

    Karen Stein Well-Known Member

    Location:
    St. Louis
    I've been stunned how often I get a ride when I'm off the beaten path. The trips are "double nice" in that they are usually a decent length and heading towards town.

    15 minutes isn't much time to risk.
     
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  16. Jesusdrivesuber

    Jesusdrivesuber Well-Known Member

    Location:
    close to mongolia
    And here I was thinking you had picnics at the nearby parks while you waited for your pings, Karen.
     
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  17. Rakos

    Rakos Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberXL
    That road less travelled you speak of...

    Has become much more travelled of late...

    You know kinda how it gets...

    When the taxi owners flood the streets...

    With every cab they have.. WORSE!

    Their everywhere...their everywhere...!

    If it gets any cheaper...

    I'll Uber to get my Uber rides...8>)

    Rakos
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  18. smoran26

    smoran26 Active Member

    Location:
    Blackstone, MA
    Driving:
    UberX
    I’ve actually found the rural areas of outlying city suburbs to be very profitable for these reasons

    1) rides are longer and easier.
    2) not many drivers to compete with
    3) because there aren’t many drivers, pax are happy they got a ride at all and are in a better mood then city pax
    4) because rides are on roads with less traffic I can concentrate on chat/customer service and get better tips

    I actually target these pax and largely ignore the city. One aspect I’ve seen on this board - most drivers completely ignore the impact of city driving on maintenance. The rides 20+ out from most medium sized cities are super easy driving, a pleasure. Not the bumper to bumper stress ball of the city.

    I earn more on those trips and can drive longer due to less stress and traffic grind.
     
  19. 1.5xorbust

    1.5xorbust Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Diego
    I’ve been stunned by how often I don’t get a ride heading anywhere when I’m out in the sticks.
     
  20. Rakos

    Rakos Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberXL
    EXACTLY!

    now figure in night driving...

    Almost makes it a pleasure...

    This was NEVER designed to be...

    A full time job...only a side hustle...

    Rakos
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