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I'm a driver for Uber and Lyft — here are 10 things I wish I knew before starting the job (1)

Clarke Bowman
  • I started driving for Lyft and Uber to earn extra money at the beginning of the year.
  • The job is different from what I expected, and in that time I've learned a lot about driving, and even more about myself.
  • Following are the 10 things I wish I'd known before I started driving strangers in my car for money.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A long time ago, I thought seriously about becoming an Uber and Lyft driver. It was a big decision to make and left me with many questions — and hardly any way to find the answers.

Would the people be weird? Is it safe? What's it really like? Would I make a profit? Would it be worth it?

You've read outrageous Uber and Lyft headlines where some drivers are harmed by passengers. You also hear about how much money an Uber and Lyft driver can make in a short time. It all left me curious, and really wondering what was real and what was overblown.

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Needing to make some money for my upcoming wedding, I eventually convinced myself I could do this. The next day I signed up for both Uber and Lyft.

I've learned a lot about driving since then. And, through trial and error, I've found out a lot myself too. While some of the things I've learned are specific for only certain regions, other aspects of the job are universal.

So here are 10 things I wish I knew before starting driving for Lyft and Uber.

To make the most money possible, you need to avoid traffic.

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Something universally loved by Uber and Lyft passengers — and is a reason why so many people dislike taxis — is that the rate quoted in the app is generally exactly what they pay.

This is because the "per-minute" rate a driver makes is very low, while the "per-mile" rate is pretty decent. The fare won't suddenly jump up to an unexpected amount just because the driver hit traffic along the route.

While this is a great thing for passengers, it's not so great for drivers. Getting caught in slow-moving or stopped traffic will absolutely kill your dollars-per-hour ratio. In my area, a driver makes about $0.12 per minute, which is the equivalent of $7.20 an hour. In some markets, a driver makes even less.

To keep making the most money possible, you have to keep your car moving. Down in South Florida, there is traffic seemingly everywhere at peak rush hour times around 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., so I try to avoid driving at those most congested times. I also keep a mental note of areas that have lots of construction and try to avoid those routes.

Don't drive around looking for a ride — let the ride come to you.

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A good fisherman is a patient person. He picks what he thinks is a good spot, baits his hook, casts his line out, and then he waits. It might take 30 seconds for a bite or it might take 10 minutes, but the fisherman remains patient. The bite will come.

To remain a profitable driver, you must become like the fisherman. Find a good spot. Be patient. Wait. The ride will come.

I used to drive around between rides, trying to make myself somehow more available to the next rider. Don't do this. All driving around did was put unnecessary miles on my car and ensured that I ruined my profit margin by wasting gas.

Now, unless I'm on a ride or heading to pick up a passenger, I try not to drive around aimlessly. My car is my business and I try to treat it as such. Soon after I drop someone off, I will try to pull over to a safe area like a parking spot in a public plaza and wait there. A podcast or an e-book keeps me entertained between rides, but it's usually no more than a few minutes until another request comes. If I don't get a request within 15 minutes, I'll start driving toward a busier area, and I'll almost always get a request shortly after.

The real trick to getting a ride request is to make sure you have to use the bathroom. As soon as you get the urge to go to the bathroom, you are guaranteed a 100% chance of immediately getting a ride request, every time.

The closest driver to a passenger usually gets the next ride. Position yourself accordingly.

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Driving for Uber and Lyft is a lot like a game. The goal is to earn as much money as possible per hour.

The best way to play this game is to have a paying passenger at almost all times inside your car. Your opponents of this game are the other drivers on the road, as they are your competition fighting for your ride requests. You can see these other drivers on the Uber and Lyft passenger apps. Yes, those little cars around your location when you open the app are real.

Sorry, fellow drivers, but I have a wedding I'm saving for.

No one knows exactly how Uber and Lyft calculate which driver gets the next ride, but after driving for a while, you get a feel for where you need to be positioned to get the next ride. The ride-hailing apps use an algorithm that calculates your position with traffic patterns and who can arrive to the passenger first. Then the apps will offer that ride to whichever drivers can arrive at the request first.

What does this mean? In short, the closest driver gets the ride.

If you know there's a popular hotel that people frequently travel from, don't wait a half mile away. There are likely drivers between you and that hotel, so they will most likely get the requests first. Get as close as you safely and legally can, and wait. You will almost certainly be rewarded with the next ride request.

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Contrary to popular belief, the airport queue is generally not worth waiting in.

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Many people believe that the airport is where you can make the most money as a ride-hailing driver.

Some drivers around the US do rides only coming from the airport. Most airports have a dedicated waiting area for Uber and Lyft drivers that the apps will direct you to. It's called "the queue." You can see how many people are waiting before you arrive. Upon entering, the apps automatically add you into this first-come, first-served queue and will tell you your position in line.

Deciding if waiting in the queue for airport rides are a heavily market-dependent area. In my area, and a lot of other areas, the majority of the time it is not worth it to sit in the airport queue and wait for a ride.

I have seen up to 250 drivers in the Uber queue at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. On average, that is at least a two-hour wait.

Drivers aren't paid when they're waiting for a ride in the queue. They're not paid for sitting in the 10 minutes of traffic before they arrive to you in the pickup area. And there is certainly no ride in the world that can justify a two-hour wait.

I remember the first time I tried out the queue, just to see how it worked. I hopped in with 80 cars ahead of me. Nearly an hour and a half later, I finally received a ride request. I arrived, loaded my passengers' heavy luggage, and started the ride. Their drop-off location was a hotel a short distance away.

Ten minutes later, I dropped them off, completed the ride, and received my cut: $5.82. I still remember the number because I didn't think it was right, but $5.82 is all I received after nearly two hours.

I waited in the airport queue about 10 more times because I didn't learn my lesson the first time. Each time, I completed the ride with a sour taste in my mouth. The only time the airport seems to be worth it is late at night, when there are very few drivers and possibly a surge.

Unless you like taking hour-long naps between rides that may pay very little, don't wait in the airport queue.

You need to take breaks often, for your health and for your sanity.

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As a driver, I'm my own boss. I can set my own schedule and stop working whenever I want. With that much control, it's easy to forget to take breaks while I'm on the job — but they're extremely important for both your physical health and you mental health.

Sometimes the rides come back to back so fast that I lose track of time. I'll look down at the clock and realize, wow, I've been cooped up in this car for five hours. I used to try to push myself to keep driving. "Power through," I would tell myself. "One more ride." Don't do that. Take a break.

While driving isn't very intensive, it can be a very mentally taxing and stressful job. Your eyes are constantly focused on the road, your arms and legs are constantly in some type of motion, and your brain is constantly trying to think "what's next?"

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You need to get out of your car. You need to drink lots of water. You need to use the restroom. You need to stretch your back and legs. And you need a few moments of clarity so you can remain a fresh, positive person for the next passenger.

This gig offers a lot of personal flexibility compared to other jobs out there. Take advantage of that. Take a break, and do it often.

The secret to a high rating — and more tips — is having a clean car, offering a good phone charger, and driving safe.

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After hundreds of rides, I have maintained an almost-perfect five-star rating. I'm a 4.99 on both Uber and Lyft. I honestly don't do anything too special.

My car is clean. This is of the utmost importance. And being clean does not mean having to shampoo and vacuum your interior every single day. You want no visible dirt, no stains, and no hair or lint on the seats. A quick shake of the car mats before each shift can work wonders.

People like a good air freshener. The key word here being "good." Those little pine-tree-shaped ones swinging from the rearview mirror releasing an overbearing, nauseating smell do not count. Those should not even be considered air fresheners. Pay a couple of dollars extra for a decent one.

The number of times I hear "Your car smells amazing!" is incredible. And I like the smell too. If you're going to be stuck in your car for a long time, you may as well make it smell nice.

Another tip: People love phone chargers. I found a 5-foot-long phone-charging cable with all three major phone adapters for iPhones and Android phones. It was cheap and it works great. People comment on almost every ride how amazing it is.

One more thing: I drive safely. Nobody likes an unsafe or speeding driver. Studies even show that speeding doesn't really get you there any faster. This is not to say that I drive slow. A good rule of thumb is to drive like your grandmother is in your car holding a hot cup of coffee, but she's in a hurry. Accelerate decently, brake safely, and drive defensively.

Doing these things doesn't take much effort. Everyone loves a clean car, a fully charged phone, and a safe driver.

You don't have to lose money driving back home at the end of a shift —you can get paid for it.

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People are always fascinated when they ask the farthest I've driven. And the next question is always, "How did you get back home?" Because, theoretically, you could take multiple rides with each ride taking you farther and farther from home.

Sure, a 60-mile trip one way might pay great, but what about the 60 miles back? You could just drive the 60 miles back home, unpaid, which is what some drivers refer to as
"dead mileage." Or use "Destination Mode" on Uber or "Filtered Rides" on Lyft.

I wonder how many "dead" miles I put on my vehicle before I really took advantage of these valuable features.

I'll often set these up when I am getting ready to stop driving for the night, about an hour before I want to be done. If I'm 20 miles away, instead of taking the highway, I'll take a main road. I will almost always get at least one or two rides, and those rides are always toward my path home, if not right near my end location.

It doesn't have to be on homebound rides either. You can set them for anywhere. One day I had to go to an 8 a.m. training for my main job at a building 20 miles away. So I woke up a little earlier, set the destination mode, and I arrived 15 minutes early for the training but made $18 on the way. I set it when I left and made $14 on the way home. That is $32 extra I earned for just driving when I had to drive anyways.

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At first I thought I would like driving for Lyft more, but it turns out I enjoy driving for Uber more.

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When I first signed up to start driving, I thought I would prefer Lyft over Uber. Lyft markets itself as a platform that is better and fairer to its drivers. The company seems more fun than Uber, with its bright logo and trendy website. Uber seemed more corporate and formal.

But, as I've written before, it turns out I like driving for Uber better. A lot better.

This isn't to say driving for Lyft is bad. It's like me saying I like vanilla ice cream over chocolate. I like both, but vanilla is just superior, for me.

Uber is more popular in my area, which means more money for me. The Uber app works better for drivers — for example, it has a dark mode and doesn't blind me at night. Uber doesn't pressure me to accept rides I don't want to accept, while I get several notifications and messages from Lyft if I decline rides. And, most important, Uber pays me more money when it's very busy. Who doesn't like more money?

I am very grateful for both platforms giving me the opportunity to drive for them and earn money. And I know there are plenty of other drivers who prefer Lyft. But for me Uber is the better platform for drivers, and it's not even close.

Driving around strangers and meeting new people is, surprisingly, very fun and rewarding.

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A lot scares me in life, but nothing scared me quite like having small talk with a stranger. The thought was absolutely terrifying. I would have honestly preferred running from a demonic monster in a horror movie than discussing the rainy weather with a complete stranger.

But that was months ago. Now? I can talk to anyone about anything.

If you get in my car and you pop some headphones in, or your body language says that you clearly don't want to talk, great! I will get you to your destination safely and not force a conversation. Some people love when their driver is silent the whole time.

But if you want to get in and talk about zoo animals? The upcoming hurricane season? Places to eat? Football? Yes, I too wonder what causes a rhinoceros to have such a large horn. Yeah, I really hope we don't get any major hurricanes this year. That restaurant is great! I know, the Saints should have gone to the Super Bowl!

Practice makes perfect, and I am now great at making small talk.

I love meeting new people. I love hearing their backgrounds, their stories, and their dreams. Some make me laugh, and some make me want to cry. Some become your best friend for 15 minutes. Some are so rude, you just can't wait until they get out of your car, but those make the nice people seem all the better.

I enjoy being a character in their story, even if I am there only briefly as they're going to work, visiting a friend, or just enjoying a vacation. Often I am one of the first locals that someone from another state or another country meets after they leave the airport, and I like to give them a good impression of my city.

I also enjoy driving most drunk people home safely. I enjoy their often hilarious stories, and I like to think that I am doing a great service by driving, so they aren't tempted to get behind the wheel while under the influence.

I thought I would hate driving strangers. But as it turns out, I absolutely love it.

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What is in the welcome kit from Lyft? ›

New drivers will receive a welcome kit that includes the official Lyft emblem and a guide to getting out on the road. You should receive the welcome kit within 1-2 weeks after you're approved to drive. The kit will be shipped to the address on your account.

How much does Uber driver make? ›

How much do Uber drivers make working 20 hours per week? Uber's average pay to drivers seems to hover around $15-22. Average Uber drivers working 20 hours per week would make around $370.

What are the requirements to become an Uber driver? ›

Get a private hire licence
  • Passport.
  • UK/EU Driving Licence (at least 3 years of driving experience)
  • National Insurance Number.
  • Proof of Address (Bank Statement/Utility Bill dated within the last 3 months) Steps to get a private hire licence.

What are the pros and cons of being an Uber driver? ›

The promise of a good income and flexible schedule is enticing, but consider these pros and cons first. Looking to make some money on the side as your business grows?
Business Know-How
  • Flexible Schedule. Possibly the biggest advantage to a job like this is the flexible schedule. ...
  • Taxes. ...
  • Insurance. ...
  • Wear and Tear. ...
  • Your Safety.
20 Nov 2019

Can you bring a backpack on Lyft? ›

You can bring your suitcases or bags into the vehicle without paying additional fees. However, there are a few caveats to that. Although you might not have to pay for luggage, a Lyft driver can refuse your ride if you have too much.

Can you bring someone with you while doing Lyft? ›

Lyft operates under the same rules as Uber for non-paying customer passengers. According to Lyft's Help section, Lyft drivers should not bring extra passengers who are family and friends along during their drives. For Lyft, it's also an issue of comfort and safety for their paying customers.

Who pays more Uber or Lyft? ›

Who pays more? According to a recent survey of close to 1200 drivers, rideshare platforms revealed that Lyft drivers averaged around $17.50 per hour, close to $2 more per hour than Uber drivers. Lyft and Uber drivers earn approximately the same average per month, but the tips and earnings per trip are higher for Lyft.

How do I maximize my Uber earnings? ›

How to Make More Money with Uber
  1. Schedule Driving Times Around Surge Pricing.
  2. Refer Friends.
  3. Track and Reduce Expenses.
  4. Drive for Lyft at the Same Time.
  5. Go Above and Beyond.
  6. Check for Weekly Promotions.
  7. Drive for Uber Eats When There are no Rides.
20 Jan 2022

Do you get paid daily with Uber? ›

The earnings that you transfer to a debit card through Instant Pay will appear on every weekly statement as Instant Payouts. Any remaining earnings, including anything you earn from referral rewards and Boosts, will be transferred to your bank account by the end of the week.

Can you make a living being an Uber driver? ›

Your overall net income from driving for Uber is up to you. Some Uber drivers have made up to $90,000 or more a year after working for many hours. Your annual salary is based on: How many hours you drive.

Can you make a living out of Uber? ›

Uber drivers can make up to $25 per hour in some locations according to The Gridwise App. Earnings vary from one driver to another, as it depends on what vehicle you use, where you drive, and how often. Check out this article to see a breakdown of median earnings by location.

Can I use my personal car for Uber? ›

Convert your private car into a commercial vehicle

By regulation, every car in India that operates as a commercial car, has to have a commercial license.

Is driving Uber worth it 2022? ›

Once again, gross earnings steadily went up over the first three months of 2022. Uber drivers earned $12.53 per trip in January, and $13.32 in February. A little jump up to $15.42 made the quarter end on a sweet spot.

What are the risks of being an Uber driver? ›

Uber Can Be Risky: Financial risks

They are financially responsible for gas and vehicle maintenance — costs that add up quickly for someone who drives full-time. And most car insurance policies don't cover drivers when they are working as a driver for a car-sharing company, such as Uber or Lyft.

What are some weaknesses of Uber? ›

  • The idea can be easily imitated. ...
  • The relationship between Uber and the drivers is ethically questionable. ...
  • Also, company and its customers have no bonding. ...
  • Costs of operating vehicles are very high. ...
  • Very Unpredictable business model.
  • There are privacy concerns.

Can Lyft drivers smoke in their car? ›

Smoking inside Lyft cars is against our community rules. There may be passengers entering the car who have respiratory issues or may be bothered by the smell, so in the spirit of respect for everyone in our community, we ask that you refrain.

Can you drink coffee in a Lyft? ›

Lyft makes it explicit: It's not allowed. “Be sure to toss that adult beverage before your driver arrives,” the passenger guidelines state clearly. “Open containers are not allowed in the car, and turning a blind eye to them can result in deactivation from our platform.”

Can you put groceries in a Lyft? ›

A new service from Lyft will allow for on-demand delivery of groceries and other essential products, the ridesharing company said.

Can I drive Lyft with my wife? ›

As outlined in our Community Guidelines, no one other than the requesting rider and the rider's guests are permitted in the vehicle. This means that friends and family of drivers may not ride in their vehicle during a trip. See our Community Guidelines for more details.

Can my wife ride with me while I Uber? ›

The short answer is no. Uber drivers cannot have a passenger in their car when picking up riders. Under the Uber help section for drivers, Uber explicitly states that while online on the Uber app, only the driver, the requesting Uber passenger, and the rider's guests are allowed in the car while online on the Uber app.

Can 2 people Lyft with the same car? ›

4 answers. Two drivers cannot use the same car unless approved by Lyft manager.

Why do Uber drivers have two phones? ›

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What pays more DoorDash or Uber? ›

According to ZipRecruiter, Uber Eats drivers earn an average of $41,175 per year compared to DoorDash drivers' $36,565. Whereas the 25th percentile for both services earn $27,000, the 75th percentile earn $44,500 and $41,500 with Uber Eats and DoorDash, respectively.

Who pays more than Uber? ›

Amazon Flex, which pays 26.56% more than. Uber, which pays 5.02% more than. Lyft, which pays 3.15% better than. Uber Eats, which pays 19.22% better than.

What are the best days to Uber? ›

This can help you structure your shifts so that you're on the job during peak times — when there are plenty of gigs available. Uber has released plenty of data on what days are the best to drive. Prime time for Uber drivers is Friday and Saturday nights. It makes sense.

Do you make more money with Uber at night? ›

Do Uber Drivers Get Paid More at Night? If there's a nighttime event in town and surge pricing, you'll get higher fares. Because there's less traffic at night, you can get your rides to their destination faster. Therefore, you can complete more rides and make more money.

How do I make 1000 a week Uber? ›

How To Make $1000 A Week With Uber Eats
  1. Deliver More Orders. ...
  2. Deliver During Peak Hours. ...
  3. Deliver In High-Demand Areas. ...
  4. Use A Bike. ...
  5. Deliver Great Service And Earn Customer Tips. ...
  6. Run Multiple Delivery Apps at Once. ...
  7. Keep An Eye Out For Surge Pricing. ...
  8. Use A Great Profile Photo.
7 Jul 2022

How many times a day can you cash out with Lyft? ›

You can cash out up to five times a day with Express Pay. Keep in mind your bank may have its own daily, weekly, or other transfer restrictions on instant transfers.

Does Lyft pay every day? ›

Every Tuesday, earnings are transferred from your Lyft account to your bank account. Most drivers see the deposit in their bank account between Wednesday and Friday of the same week.

Whats the most an Uber driver can make in a day? ›

How Much Do Uber Drivers Make Per Day? If we use the more optimistic estimated earning figure of $11.77 per hour, we might be able to calculate that the average driver will earn about $95 per day driving for Uber.

Is driving Lyft full time worth it? ›

Lyft drivers can make a decent income before expenses. The numbers can vary between cities, and other factors are also at play. However, you can make more than employees working in retail or food service. You also have more flexibility as a Lyft driver, which can make the work even more worth it.

Does Lyft reimburse for gas? ›

You'll pay the full price up front, then get cash back added to your earnings within 3-10 days. To get cash back for gas, open your Lyft Driver app: Tap the driving options button located to the right of the 'Go Online' button. Tap 'Nearby gas discounts.

How much does Lyft pay per mile? ›

Rideshare drivers in the United States log 100,000+ miles per day and track $50,000+ per week using Gridwise.
How much do Lyft, Uber, and other rideshare drivers make before expenses?
Earnings Per Hour Median$16.51
Earnings Per Mile Median$0.78
Earnings Per Trip Median$10.55
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7 Jan 2020

How many rides does an Uber make a day? ›

Uber has become a global service providing roughly 15 million rides per day across 500 cities, and international markets are growing as fast as ever. So, if Uber is completing 15 million rides per day (worldwide) with 2 million drivers, that means there are 7.5 passengers per driver – on average.

Is driving Uber full time worth it? ›

In my experience, yes, driving for Uber was worth it. I had a great time doing it, and it provided me with the income I needed while building my business on the side. You are NOT an Uber employee though. You are an independent contractor.

How long does it take to make $100 with Uber? ›

Registered. six hours should do it, on average, to NET $100.

What is the oldest car LYFT will accept? ›

Lyft Car Requirements
  • Vehicle Age – 2003 or newer. As with UberX year requirements, there are some exceptions: In Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C., or Minneapolis-St. ...
  • Licensing – Current registration, with in-state plates.
  • Tires – The tires on your vehicle need to have sufficient tread.
18 Feb 2020

Can I use my girlfriends car for Uber eats? ›

Can You Deliver with Uber Eats with Someone Else's Car? Yes, you can drive your friend's, family member's, someone else's car or even rent one for Uber Eats. The only condition is that you must be listed as an insured driver on the policy.

Can you drive Uber under someone else's insurance? ›

All drivers must maintain their own insurance policy in accordance with state and local laws. In addition, Uber maintains automobile liability insurance on behalf of all U.S. drivers.

How much does a Lyft kit cost? ›

Lift kits of the lower scale category can raise a truck by two to five inches and typically cost anywhere between $400 to $12,000. Lift kits of the higher scale category can raise a truck by six inches or more and usually cost $10,000 to $15,000. Standard leveling kits are typically in the range of $200 to $1,000.

How do I get my 1000 bonus from Lyft? ›

To claim your Lyft $1000 driver guarantee, you do not have to enter a Lyft referral code manually. Our Lyft signup link includes the referral code and automatically will give you access to the current Lyft new driver promotions: "Earn" $1000 after 125 rides .

Do Lyft employees get free food? ›

Most Lyft offices are also pet-friendly. Free snacks, including bowls of candy in almost every lobby. Free meals are available to employees, but note that dinner starts at 7:30 which is on the later side.

Does Lyft send you a light? ›

The Lyft AMP is a small, LED light that attaches to the front dashboard of your car. It's similar to the Lyft sign that you see on the back of many cars, but it's much bigger and less discreet.

What's the farthest a Lyft will take you? ›

You can take a Lyft outside of the coverage area as long as the ride doesn't exceed a distance 100 miles total. Lyft does not support crossing international borders. Drivers have the right to deny these kinds of passenger requests.

Do Lyft drivers have to help with bags? ›

Do Uber/Lyft drivers help with luggage? Uber and Lyft drivers are used to transporting passengers who have luggage, but there are no real rules that dictate whether they must help. Many drivers will help in hopes of receiving a better rating or a generous tip from their riders.

How does Lyft decide which driver gets the ride? ›

How Does Lyft Decide Which Driver You Get? Lyft decides what driver you get according to proximity. They don't want you to wait for a driver and possibly use Uber or a taxi service. Therefore, when a driver drops off a fare near your pickup location, you're most likely to get that driver for your trip.

Who pays better Uber or Lyft? ›

According to a survey conducted, an Uber driver earns up to $15.68 per hour while a driver at Lyft can earn about $17.50 per hour. You can earn more by driving with Lyft on average.

Does Lyft payout daily? ›

Every Tuesday, earnings are transferred from your Lyft account to your bank account. Most drivers see the deposit in their bank account between Wednesday and Friday of the same week.

Is Lyft or Uber better for drivers? ›

If you're simply looking at which company's drivers make more, Lyft's hourly average of $17.50 is higher than Uber's average of $15.68. Lyft also boasts better driver satisfaction.

Can you drink coffee in a Lyft? ›

Lyft makes it explicit: It's not allowed. “Be sure to toss that adult beverage before your driver arrives,” the passenger guidelines state clearly. “Open containers are not allowed in the car, and turning a blind eye to them can result in deactivation from our platform.”

Can Lyft drivers get fired? ›

Breaking the law while driving for Lyft will result in permanent deactivation. This can include minor traffic violations, like speeding or ignoring a stop sign, as well as violations that are immediately life-threatening to others, like a hit-and-run or threatening your passengers.

Do Lyft drivers make no tips? ›

The way you tip your driver doesn't really matter since no percentage of the tip is taken by Lyft. So, even when you pay through the app, the whole amount goes to the driver.

Do you sit in the backseat of a Lyft? ›

Do I Have to Sit Up Front, or Can I Chill in the Back? It's your ride, so set the tone depending on how you feel. If you want to hop in the backseat, put on your headphones, and not say a word, that's no big deal — there's no need to sit in the front seat and chat.

Can Lyft drivers see destination before accepting? ›

How To See Your Lyft Passenger's Destination Before Accepting the Ride

Do Lyft drivers get paid for waiting? ›

Yes, both Lyft and Uber have policies where the drivers are compensated for the time they spent waiting for the passengers. This "wait time" starts 1 minute after their arrival at the location for Lyft, and 2 minutes for Uber (Currently in the US.)


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