Since the forum seems to have lots of new drivers, I thought it might be worthwhile to post a breakdown for ants. This is why I really hate Uber and, in two weeks, will no longer drive unless I'm simply bored out of my mind. Last week, I picked up a college student who needed a ride to a nearby city. Normally, I ask for extra cash to cover deadhead miles, but this kid was broke and its a long story. Anyway, I accepted the ride. Here's the breakdown. .. .80/mile and .15/minute. 87 miles - Trip Length 78 minutes - Trip Duration $61.79 - My payout, after Uber fees removed. I had to deadhead back with no pax, and my car gets 30mpg. Let's do the math. 174 miles driven. 2.6 hours time 5.8 gals of fuel @ $2.25/gal = $13.05 fuel expense $48.74 - pay after fuel deducted Final tally is 28 cents per mile. This doesn't include tire wear, miles on car, insurance, etc. The IRS says it costs 54 cents to drive one mile. For me, 28 cents per mile leaves no room for extras like free water and free stops at the store. Now, I realize that empty miles typically don't equal paid miles, but no matter how you do this work, you'll end up with some dead miles. If you drive for base X rates, and practice anting around, the only "partner" making money is Uber. Making money requires studying the surge and only accepting surge rides. BTW- Uber charged the kid $110 for the ride. Upfront pricing. There is simply no reason for fares this low.