Tips for Boosting Your Rideshare Earnings
Whether you’re new to being a rideshare driver or have had this gig for a few years, there’s always something new to learn — especially when it comes to upping your game. Here are some simple ways you can earn more on drives.
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Snacks and drinks
Pack snacks and bottled water to stay hydrated when you’re on the clock. This will help you avoid wasting time by making pit stops for these items when you could be picking up new passengers (but also recognize that overhydration will lead to more stops for potty breaks). And consider keeping snacks and water on hand for passengers, if your budget allows. Tourists and locals alike will appreciate this “extra” — especially on a hot day.
Avoid the hotspots
Use the passenger app of the rideshare service you drive for. This will give you a better idea of how many rideshare drivers are available for a given area, so you can seek out a less popular area when looking for new passengers.
Opt for a central area
Avoid driving in circles or driving too far out of the way for passengers. Instead, stick to a centralized region. This will save you on gas and spare you the frustration of having a rideshare user cancel the ride because you’re taking too long to get to their location.
Help with luggage
Not all rideshare drivers are willing to help passengers with suitcases. Go the extra mile and help travelers load and unload any baggage. It’s a great way to increase tips from tourists and traveling business people.
Leverage the surge
Rideshare services calculate surge fares based on the ratio of people logged into the passenger app. Use this to your advantage by logging out of the driver app and logging into the passenger app. Wait until you reach the surge area to log back into the driver app.
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Whitney Russell is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming on Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her husband and their two dogs, motorcycling, visiting her cute nephews and nieces, discovering new memes, reorganizing and/or decorating some corner of the world, researching random things, and escaping into a great movie, poem, or short story. See more articles by Whitney.