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Why do so many ants avoid driving at night?

UbaBrah

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99.9% of the time I find the drunks are fun, happy and easygoing. They tip great, they're friendly, they're not on a set schedule so they don't care about an extra minute longer, etc. Of course you can get a bad apple once in a blue moon but they're a major exception. Not to mention the surges at the bar areas.

All the bad rides I have had occurred during the day - business people with a hectic timetable, college students late for class. Not to mention, alcohol is a great social lubricant for pax, and without it, many of my rides are filled with awkward silence. The 2 one stars I ever received were both during the day.

Have I just been lucky or is there something I'm missing? I know someone will post the drunk pax hitting the driver gif, but I mean aside from that one in a million type thing.
 

RideshareUSA

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99.9% of the time I find the drunks are fun, happy and easygoing. They tip great, they're friendly, they're not on a set schedule so they don't care about an extra minute longer, etc. Of course you can get a bad apple once in a blue moon but they're a major exception. Not to mention the surges at the bar areas.

All the bad rides I have had occurred during the day - business people with a hectic timetable, college students late for class. Not to mention, alcohol is a great social lubricant for pax, and without it, many of my rides are filled with awkward silence. The 2 one stars I ever received were both during the day.

Have I just been lucky or is there something I'm missing? I know someone will post the drunk pax hitting the driver gif, but I mean aside from that one in a million type thing.
Dude, what planet are you driving on??
 

mch

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99.9% of the time I find the drunks are fun, happy and easygoing. They tip great, they're friendly, they're not on a set schedule so they don't care about an extra minute longer, etc. Of course you can get a bad apple once in a blue moon but they're a major exception. Not to mention the surges at the bar areas.

All the bad rides I have had occurred during the day - business people with a hectic timetable, college students late for class. Not to mention, alcohol is a great social lubricant for pax, and without it, many of my rides are filled with awkward silence. The 2 one stars I ever received were both during the day.

Have I just been lucky or is there something I'm missing? I know someone will post the drunk pax hitting the driver gif, but I mean aside from that one in a million type thing.
Shhh

You're supposed to tell people how awful it is so they'll stay away.
 

OhYay5Stars

Member
So I think most on here avoid it because:

1- High Risk of false reports
2- High Risk of vomit

In my market if you want easy surge money that doesn’t vanish 1AM-3AM this is where it’s at. I’m very careful about it though and if the person/group are stumbling toward the car I’m outta there ? ?

And as you pointed out, I’ve also found that the drunks do tend to tip higher amounts. Anytime I’m getting a tip greater than $5 it’s almost always the after-bar crowd. I won’t disagree with others that there are some risks but everyone here complains about low pay rate and this is the one time of day where it really flips in your favor and you can really turn an average night into a great one.
 

WickedPrincess

New Member
I haven't experienced barfamania. They are fun and living life, which is infectious. Just like their barf may be.

I don't know how so many people have poopers and peepee pax. Outside of rideshare I've never had a friend or family member pee/shit themselves after drinking. Except once, a guy pissed himself overnight as he slept next to me.
 
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waldowainthrop

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So uh I picked up a 4.55 passenger last night from the local airport (surge) at 1 AM and it was the best ride and tip of the night. There is a trick to driving at night, and it is managing risk while keeping a positive attitude. On that same ride I declined 4 incoming stacked rides because the pickup location was bad for the hour.

Where you pick up and when you pick up is key. Night is fine if you know your town. I don’t drive night every day but I have had my share of drunks with no bad or messy drunks.
 

Cold Fusion

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Why do so many ants avoid driving at night?
high percent of ants ? are non English speaking
and Non Carrot ? Eating

.......Subsequently a Vitamin A deficiency
leading to Night Blindness✔

 
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R3drang3r

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99.9% of the time I find the drunks are fun, happy and easygoing. They tip great, they're friendly, they're not on a set schedule so they don't care about an extra minute longer, etc. Of course you can get a bad apple once in a blue moon but they're a major exception. Not to mention the surges at the bar areas.

All the bad rides I have had occurred during the day - business people with a hectic timetable, college students late for class. Not to mention, alcohol is a great social lubricant for pax, and without it, many of my rides are filled with awkward silence. The 2 one stars I ever received were both during the day.

Have I just been lucky or is there something I'm missing? I know someone will post the drunk pax hitting the driver gif, but I mean aside from that one in a million type thing.
I did nights in the beginning for the first 6 months. In fact that's all I did was nights. I don't agree with your 99.9%.
Some people become quiet when they drink. Others become loud and stupid. Then you have your mean drunks. Alcohol can make some people downright nasty. I'm not going to get into the throwing up Factor.
Since I stop driving nights there's definitely less ratings below a five. I haven't had to throw anybody out of my car. And it's a lot easier to keep my vehicle clean.
 

OldBay

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99.9% of the time I find the drunks are fun, happy and easygoing. They tip great, they're friendly, they're not on a set schedule so they don't care about an extra minute longer, etc. Of course you can get a bad apple once in a blue moon but they're a major exception. Not to mention the surges at the bar areas.

All the bad rides I have had occurred during the day - business people with a hectic timetable, college students late for class. Not to mention, alcohol is a great social lubricant for pax, and without it, many of my rides are filled with awkward silence. The 2 one stars I ever received were both during the day.

Have I just been lucky or is there something I'm missing? I know someone will post the drunk pax hitting the driver gif, but I mean aside from that one in a million type thing.

Who wants to mess with their sleep schedule if there isn't any surge?

The bigger problem driving at night is safety/accidents. Lots of drunks on the road, lots of crazy pedestrians running through traffic. DC and Baltimore weekend nights are a madhouse. Maybe you're in a smaller market.

Surge would have to be $10+ for me to consider it. Whenever there is a surge in my area, it lasts a max of 30 minutes, so I'll never chase a surge.

You sound like a night driver.
 

UbaBrah

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I'm 6'5'', very easygoing, know how to diffuse, always friendly, never escalate or act haughty unless totally necessary. My experience has been very good. I do see how a bad experience could rattle you/put you off. But there is always surge in my bar areas at night too (and never during the day). I feel like I'm just well suited to it.
 

Greenfox

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99.9% of the time I find the drunks are fun, happy and easygoing. They tip great, they're friendly, they're not on a set schedule so they don't care about an extra minute longer, etc. Of course you can get a bad apple once in a blue moon but they're a major exception. Not to mention the surges at the bar areas.

All the bad rides I have had occurred during the day - business people with a hectic timetable, college students late for class. Not to mention, alcohol is a great social lubricant for pax, and without it, many of my rides are filled with awkward silence. The 2 one stars I ever received were both during the day.

Have I just been lucky or is there something I'm missing? I know someone will post the drunk pax hitting the driver gif, but I mean aside from that one in a million type thing.
@@@@ college students!

Berkley can @@@@ing fall into the bay, and sometimes I hope it does. Those little entitled .04 miles shit trippers can go get their mother's corpse [email protected]@@@ed for all I care! Gawd damn little punk pukes. And ask me how I REALLY feel, I can go OFF.

AS FAR AS THE DRUNKS, I'd much rather deal with heroin addicts. Easy going, mellow people. The drunks are UNPREDICTABLE which is why....yeah. that's a total negatory.

and they tip OK. I get better tips at 3.30 a.m. dealing with the weirdos

My ONLY 2 star review came from a drunk I picked up at a casino. He allegedly drives for uber. Oh, I wont forget him....ever.

Otherwise, I dont care. We all die anyways, so what does it matter. The way i figure, if i pick up a lunatic at 3.30 am and he /she tries to rob me, they had better put the bullet straight between my eyes, otherwise we are BOTH going off the bay bridge, and I'll laugh the whole way down.

People are too scared of what MIGHT happen. Well here's a MIGHT for you. Uber MIGHT start paying drivers $2 a mile to deal with all this.... *lol* ...

Sorry...couldn't do that with a straight face.

Bottom lining it? We all die young, who cares, pick em up anytime, worse case, you might be forced to smoke crack at gunpoint.

*shrrugs*

Stop being afraid of everything people. If you're going to get butt raped or shot, it's just as likely to happen from a crooked cop as it is a crook. If someone is going to break the social contract, they are going to do it, anyways, and hell, it might just be your time. :smiles:

Peace!
 

losiglow

Well-Known Member
I love your Dolan pic. ? I wonder how many here are familiar with him.....

I drive weekend nights because I'm willing to risk it for the higher fares/hr. However, the risks are definitely present. I've had some dodgy experiences where I'm quite certain I was an accessory to drug dealing, prostitution and one that I think may have even been theft. I've had my car thrown up in several times and many more times puke out the window or in the barf bags I keep in the car. I've encountered guys that I most definitely wouldn't want in my car if I were female. And plenty of violent ones too. I had one the other day that opened the door while the car was moving, bailed out and started fighting a guy he was previously arguing with near a club.

I'll continue to drive nights since I'm willing to put up with those things. And there are certainly good times.
 

R3drang3r

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@@@@ college students!

Berkley can @@@@ing fall into the bay, and sometimes I hope it does. Those little entitled .04 miles shit trippers can go get their mother's corpse [email protected]@@@ed for all I care! Gawd damn little punk pukes. And ask me how I REALLY feel, I can go OFF.

AS FAR AS THE DRUNKS, I'd much rather deal with heroin addicts. Easy going, mellow people. The drunks are UNPREDICTABLE which is why....yeah. that's a total negatory.

and they tip OK. I get better tips at 3.30 a.m. dealing with the weirdos

My ONLY 2 star review came from a drunk I picked up at a casino. He allegedly drives for uber. Oh, I wont forget him....ever.

Otherwise, I dont care. We all die anyways, so what does it matter. The way i figure, if i pick up a lunatic at 3.30 am and he /she tries to rob me, they had better put the bullet straight between my eyes, otherwise we are BOTH going off the bay bridge, and I'll laugh the whole way down.

People are too scared of what MIGHT happen. Well here's a MIGHT for you. Uber MIGHT start paying drivers $2 a mile to deal with all this.... *lol* ...

Sorry...couldn't do that with a straight face.

Bottom lining it? We all die young, who cares, pick em up anytime, worse case, you might be forced to smoke crack at gunpoint.

*shrrugs*

Stop being afraid of everything people. If you're going to get butt raped or shot, it's just as likely to happen from a crooked cop as it is a crook. If someone is going to break the social contract, they are going to do it, anyways, and hell, it might just be your time. :smiles:

Peace!
Fear has absolutely nothing to do with it. I never felt afraid at any time.
 

Syn

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Few reasons ... main one is that I'm not a night person - I prefer to wake up early and go to bad early.

Visibility is horrible, especially now in the winter. Here in Milwaukee most of 1-3 am pickups are gonna be on Brady & Water streets - two streets with a lot of bars in. You have to be extra careful not to hit drunks because all of the sudden they will start walking in the middle of the road or jump from the sidewalk to the road on scooters. Since there are a lot of bars on those two streets, there are a lot of Ubers/Lyfts and its impossible to find a place to stop - and let's face it, drunks won't come out right away. I have to keep driving in a circle for 3-4 minutes because there is no place to stop for 3-4 minutes.

And then when you finally pick up paxhole, there will be a big SUV behind you with a really bright lights in my rearview mirror ...

So I really don't see any benefits of driving nights. I would make a same amount of money, be extra tired and be in a increased risk of pukers and getting into an accident. I love 6-7 am crowd - most of them just sit in the back and play on their phone.
 

OldBay

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I'm 6'5'', very easygoing, know how to diffuse, always friendly, never escalate or act haughty unless totally necessary. My experience has been very good. I do see how a bad experience could rattle you/put you off. But there is always surge in my bar areas at night too (and never during the day). I feel like I'm just well suited to it.
OK, you're in SC. Probably much easier to manage than a larger city. Being 6'5" wont save you from a gun or a knife, you still need to do the same screening every other driver does.

For me, it has nothing to do with the pax, everything to do with pedestrians and drunk drivers.
 
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