Does anyone in Abq use this forum?

Ian Richard Markham

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I was thinking Uber may work well there with all the casinos and other day trip attractions in the area like Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier, Jemez, Sandia, etc.

However there’s so many criminals in Albuquerque and crime as an enterprise is such a major thing in Bernalillo County that I thought Uber might be a little dangerous.

What are your thoughts? Do you get a lot of drug dealers in your car that have their stash with them and stuff like that? PS I went to UNM and am drawing from my experience not the TV Show “Breaking Bad”
 

Lessthanminimum

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Sorry I just saw this. I drove in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for 9 months. As far as I'm concerned the place is pretty lawless. I wouldn't drive there after dark. There are so many tweakers in that City. The city is also too spread out. The roads are crap. People their driveway too fast and too stupid. And last but not least, way too many people drive without insurance in Albuquerque. My insurance agent told me that 25% of drivers in New Mexico don't have insurance.

Tips were also horrible compared to other places I've driven. The market I'm in now tips are 50% higher than they were in Albuquerque.
 

tomabq

Active Member
Sorry I just saw this. I drove in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for 9 months. As far as I'm concerned the place is pretty lawless. I wouldn't drive there after dark. There are so many tweakers in that City. The city is also too spread out. The roads are crap. People their driveway too fast and too stupid. And last but not least, way too many people drive without insurance in Albuquerque. My insurance agent told me that 25% of drivers in New Mexico don't have insurance.

Tips were also horrible compared to other places I've driven. The market I'm in now tips are 50% higher than they were in Albuquerque.
Where are you at now? I've been driving for 5 years here in Albuquerque. It's tough making a good living off Uber/Lyft here, I'm 64 and with the grandkids can no longer move. It generally takes about 10 hrs a day to make $150.00 before expenses. $200 on weekends, a friend moved to Orlando to be with her mother and she averages $200 plus in 8 hrs. while putting less miles on her vehicle. I average 1,000 miles per week.
 

tomabq

Active Member
I’m in Dallas and we pull $340 easy on a weekend in 12 hours of online time. Summer is slow however.
By online time do you mean actual driving time or that you start at 11 and finish at 11?

Sounds like I need to move to Dallas. Lol, grandkids I'll never get out of here! P.S. are you Uber X? I have a friend that moved to Phoenix and drives XL only averaging 4-500 from October to May.
 

ABQuber

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Whoa whoa whoa. Alright, where do I start here.

1. I’ve been driving for 2 years, over 8,000 trips between Uber and Lyft. I guess I started after the “Golden Age”, as I call it, had ended. When I started I was still making decent money. At least $100 on weeknights, $150-$250+ on weekend nights, after gas. First New Years, I made over $600. It was back to back requests then. When I’d pull up the rider app, you could see drivers across the city. (Since you can only see 8 at once, that means they were far away). Nowadays, as with most everywhere else, there are way too many other drivers. 3 a.m., when I pull up the rider app, there are 7 within a few miles, tops. Lucky to make $80 before gas now. Last New Years, I made $225.

2. Drives me nuts when people think all of our business comes from bars. Counting Rio Rancho, which is attached to us, we have well over half a million people here. People need rides to and from everywhere, just like anywhere else. Our public transportation leaves a lot to be desired and taxis held this city hostage for a long time. Uber and Lyft were a godsend for us, from a consumers perspective.

3. Most of this time, I’ve worked primarily graveyards. Yes, crazy stuff happens and boy do I have stories. Multiple assaults, crazy propositions and situations. BUT, it’s always after midnight, they are ALWAYS drunk and 9.8 times out of 10, it’s females. (I’m male). And I’m sure this is at least partly my fault. I never discriminated against any requests, except long distance pickups. I’d pick up any rating, in any part of town. I’d even cruise the war zone when it was slow, because I knew no other drivers would hang out there. I’d take the people who were so drunk their friends had to help them in. Usually it worked out well enough, sometimes not. There are plenty of people I should have thrown out of the car, but I have a soft spot for drunk people that I don’t want to see stranded or get themselves in real trouble.

3a. It also drives me nuts that all some people can talk about is the crime. I’ve driven tourists, who’ve never been here before, who say “Our last Uber driver said this and that about this place or thing”. Our real problem is property crime. Can’t leave things open or out, but that’s just common sense. If you know where and how to park your car, it’ll probably be fine. Park it in a dark corner or leave a bunch of stuff in there, yeah, it might get messed with. As with that and any other crime, remember the old saying - “Look like a target, you’ll be a target”. Last 2 cars I’ve had for the past 8 years were nice and I park in the street, never an issue and I lived off Central for half of that. As with any medium to large sized city, (I think we’re a solid medium size. Last I checked, 32nd biggest city in the country with just ABQs population alone), we do have crime. Have to know where you can and can’t go and all that. If you feel entitled that you should be able to go anywhere, well, strap on a vest and more power to you.

4. I think tips are pretty decent. I usually end my week with at least 20% of my fares in tips. Waitstaff in restaurants are usually happy if they average 20% and so am I. I’m not greedy. I don’t do anything special really. No water, no candy. I don’t even keep charging cables, just the one for my iPhone and I let them use that if needed. When they get in, I ask if they have enough room. You can usually tell based on that reply whether or not they want to chat. If so, I converse. I stay away from religion and politics and I’m generally agreeable. If they don’t want to talk, I turn up the radio slightly and drive. If I deviate from the GPS, I explain why and ask permission first. I keep the car clean inside and out but I’m not OCD about it. Never dropped below a 4.95 rating the first year. Did dip slightly with Uber when their new app came out, no idea why. But, ever since the start, I only cared enough about ratings so I’d stay above a 4.60.

Sorry for the rant. I intended this post to be short but when you imply our only rides are to take people out of here or do we cater to drug dealers, it raised my hackles lol. If you can’t tell, I have a lot of pride in this city. I hated it growing up, but most kids hate where they grow up. I’ve been to all 48 states many times driving trucks and it really gave me an appreciation for this city. We‘re not perfect, but I think we’re pretty awesome, all in all.
 

DriverRI

Active Member
Whoa whoa whoa. Alright, where do I start here.

1. I’ve been driving for 2 years, over 8,000 trips between Uber and Lyft. I guess I started after the “Golden Age”, as I call it, had ended. When I started I was still making decent money. At least $100 on weeknights, $150-$250+ on weekend nights, after gas. First New Years, I made over $600. It was back to back requests then. When I’d pull up the rider app, you could see drivers across the city. (Since you can only see 8 at once, that means they were far away). Nowadays, as with most everywhere else, there are way too many other drivers. 3 a.m., when I pull up the rider app, there are 7 within a few miles, tops. Lucky to make $80 before gas now. Last New Years, I made $225.

2. Drives me nuts when people think all of our business comes from bars. Counting Rio Rancho, which is attached to us, we have well over half a million people here. People need rides to and from everywhere, just like anywhere else. Our public transportation leaves a lot to be desired and taxis held this city hostage for a long time. Uber and Lyft were a godsend for us, from a consumers perspective.

3. Most of this time, I’ve worked primarily graveyards. Yes, crazy stuff happens and boy do I have stories. Multiple assaults, crazy propositions and situations. BUT, it’s always after midnight, they are ALWAYS drunk and 9.8 times out of 10, it’s females. (I’m male). And I’m sure this is at least partly my fault. I never discriminated against any requests, except long distance pickups. I’d pick up any rating, in any part of town. I’d even cruise the war zone when it was slow, because I knew no other drivers would hang out there. I’d take the people who were so drunk their friends had to help them in. Usually it worked out well enough, sometimes not. There are plenty of people I should have thrown out of the car, but I have a soft spot for drunk people that I don’t want to see stranded or get themselves in real trouble.

3a. It also drives me nuts that all some people can talk about is the crime. I’ve driven tourists, who’ve never been here before, who say “Our last Uber driver said this and that about this place or thing”. Our real problem is property crime. Can’t leave things open or out, but that’s just common sense. If you know where and how to park your car, it’ll probably be fine. Park it in a dark corner or leave a bunch of stuff in there, yeah, it might get messed with. As with that and any other crime, remember the old saying - “Look like a target, you’ll be a target”. Last 2 cars I’ve had for the past 8 years were nice and I park in the street, never an issue and I lived off Central for half of that. As with any medium to large sized city, (I think we’re a solid medium size. Last I checked, 32nd biggest city in the country with just ABQs population alone), we do have crime. Have to know where you can and can’t go and all that. If you feel entitled that you should be able to go anywhere, well, strap on a vest and more power to you.

4. I think tips are pretty decent. I usually end my week with at least 20% of my fares in tips. Waitstaff in restaurants are usually happy if they average 20% and so am I. I’m not greedy. I don’t do anything special really. No water, no candy. I don’t even keep charging cables, just the one for my iPhone and I let them use that if needed. When they get in, I ask if they have enough room. You can usually tell based on that reply whether or not they want to chat. If so, I converse. I stay away from religion and politics and I’m generally agreeable. If they don’t want to talk, I turn up the radio slightly and drive. If I deviate from the GPS, I explain why and ask permission first. I keep the car clean inside and out but I’m not OCD about it. Never dropped below a 4.95 rating the first year. Did dip slightly with Uber when their new app came out, no idea why. But, ever since the start, I only cared enough about ratings so I’d stay above a 4.60.

Sorry for the rant. I intended this post to be short but when you imply our only rides are to take people out of here or do we cater to drug dealers, it raised my hackles lol. If you can’t tell, I have a lot of pride in this city. I hated it growing up, but most kids hate where they grow up. I’ve been to all 48 states many times driving trucks and it really gave me an appreciation for this city. We‘re not perfect, but I think we’re pretty awesome, all in all.
Great feedback!!

Any Pax puking?
 

ABQuber

Well-Known Member
Great feedback!!

Any Pax puking?
10 people have puked in my car. All Uber. After the first, I kept a little clean-up kit in the trunk. 10 minutes, like it never happened. Usually got $150 each time though. $80 twice.

I was totally cool with it, usually. Made my nights pay, then got to go home. 1 chick did get the back of my right arm once. That one sucked ?

Almost every one, I gave them a bag but they’d just hold it to the side when the blew.
 

tomabq

Active Member
10 people have puked in my car. All Uber. After the first, I kept a little clean-up kit in the trunk. 10 minutes, like it never happened. Usually got $150 each time though. $80 twice.

I was totally cool with it, usually. Made my nights pay, then got to go home. 1 chick did get the back of my right arm once. That one sucked ?

Almost every one, I gave them a bag but they’d just hold it to the side when the blew.
This is why I stay away from driving after midnight here. It's a shame but most people are good however the obnoxious ones late night ruin it for the rest. I'm 64 and don't feel like dealing with it. Generally drive 12 pm to 9 or 10pm. Every once in a while it will be busy and I'll keep going until the first sign of trouble. Been driving 5 years and have had people get sick 22 times, only 3 times in the car. The worst is always during the Wine Fest. I stay away however twice this year when dropping off there I had a request and wouldn't you know it both got sick. Never again!
 
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