What is a surge? A Surge is when there are more riders requesting rides than drivers than can provide transportation. Why does Uber do surges? If they start to get a lot of requests that they don’t have enough drivers to fulfill, they have to try to rebalance the supply and demand. The way they do this is by raising the price of the rides … Continue reading Uber Explained: Avoiding Surges
Today I woke up to my first achievement award from Uber. It probably shouldn’t have been so exciting, but I was stoked to get my little notification that I’d received 50 5-star ratings. Yay! Admittedly when I first started driving I watched my ratings closely loving how the 5’s were rolling in, though as soon as I got my first non-5, the excitement wore off … Continue reading Female Uber Driver – Day 13
Question: Says my driver is arriving but he’s blocks away stuck in red lights – did I get charged? Highly unlikely. The Uber app automatically senses the driver’s GPS location as it relates to the passenger’s GPS location. When it believes the two are close enough, the app programmatically sends out the message that your driver is arriving now. The driver does not control when … Continue reading Uber Explained: Your driver is arriving!
As a Tuesday morning, I wasn’t sure how busy things would be. Heading out on the road at 6am, I filled up my tank and then started circling around the Cherry Creek neighborhood until finally a ping came in at 6:22am. The guy made me wait 12 minutes for him. If he wasn’t going to the airport and if he wasn’t in a 2x rate … Continue reading Female Uber Driver – Day 12
Question: There’s wait time on my Uber bill, what’s up with that? That’s correct. As soon as the Uber app shows the GPS coordinates of the driver are in the same location as the rider, it will automatically start a clock. Once that clock counter gets to 2 minutes of the driver waiting it begins charging the rider a few pennies every minute. The important … Continue reading Uber Explained: Wait Time – WTF?
Considering driving for Uber but not sure if it’s right for you? I’ve spent the last few days journaling on what it’s like to be a driver – the good and the bad. Come see for yourself! Continue reading Female Uber Driver – Day 11
I’ve become a walking zombie… far beyond total exhaustion… far from having a moment to myself to just recharge… It was Sunday and we didn’t get to bed until almost 1am. I still had zero Sara time in days. The morning came too soon and I had a 9:30am meeting with my life coach to discuss the state of my discombobulated life. Too many coals … Continue reading Female Uber Driver – Day 10
The hardest part of this proof of concept, is how difficult my life and commitments are to bend and conform to my new Uber driver lifestyle. Today is Saturday, which means morning yoga, it’s my one hour per week that I get to go into a meditative state and let my body re-energize. As an introvert, this is the highlight of my week! However, I … Continue reading Female Uber Driver – Day 9
Having noticed that the last few days of starting at 6am resulted in no rides until 6:30am, I figured I’d aim to leave my house at 6am instead of be ready on the road with gas by 6am. This morning the boost went from 6-9am in central Denver. I also received a quest from 7-10am where if I did 5 rides I’d get a $25 … Continue reading Female Uber Driver – Day 8
It is hard to believe it has only been 7 days of driving! That’s because getting on the road twice a day every day for the last few days has been rough. I had thought it was exhausting because I’m an introvert and it’s a very extroverted activity, but I realize now it’s because I’m an intensely focused driver. I’m a two hands on the … Continue reading Female Uber Driver – Day 7