Uber sets the base rate but as drivers we set the actual current rate. That considered please stop driving around with your app on and no pax. What this does is it lets uber and Lyft know that you are available. Driver availability is what drives surge pricing. If people are requesting rides but there are no drivers available we will see a surge or prime time. Please, do you like me log out wait for a third wait until you are in the service then log on. If you do not get a surge ride, as soon as the Search is Over, log off. Force the cheap passengers to pay a decent fare or go ride the bus.