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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Gas and weekly deposits restrict ride sharing

If you are a driver using a ride sharing app, you may find that gas cost and weekly deposits disrupt your driving habits. Without any gas, there is no way you can drive in San Francisco. The high hills reduce the city gas mileage far below the recommended guidelines, as stated in the owner's manual and on the Fuel Economy government website.

Ride sharing is intended to offset the cost of operating a vehicle. If you ride share, you know that many people in the city of San Francisco and other large cities need rides to work, restaurants, college, bars and to the airport. The cost of gas and slow payouts compromise ride sharing.

I, for one, would drive at a greater frequency if I got paid faster. With a limited budget, getting gas becomes an insurmountable challenge. Ride sharers must wait up to a week to get paid for rides given. Those drivers who live in the city can go online any time they prefer. However, outside drivers must plan ahead or drive when they enter the city during the week.

It is all about efficiency to maximize ride sharing. A driver who spends $60 in gas and only makes $120 is not making the best use of their time. What if this driver invested 8 hours driving passengers around the city?

Ride sharing companies could speed up the payment process to pay for rides in a day or two. This change in payment processing would improve the supply of drivers on the road so that passengers could have access to these rides.

Drivers who lack ample funding must choose to reduce their driving habits. In this way, drivers are unable to get online to give rides. In order to make money ride sharing, you must give at least 10 rides and spend less than $25 per day on gas. If rides are given to further destinations, the cost of gas increases and profit decreases.

Tell your ride sharing company to speed up payments to help fund driving. Good luck!