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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Accidental Rides Make Money

Ridesharing drivers must go online to get rides. This means their phones are turned on and ready to accept ride requests. It is sometimes accidental for drivers to make money.

On some nights, ridesharing is repetitive because boring or uninterested riders don't respond well to intellectual conversations and small talk fails to gain traction. Drivers are not always actively pursuing ride requests.

In any case, drivers may choose to go online as a moral service. They want to help clients who would otherwise go without a ride.

An Uber driver visited their father on his birthday. He completed a few errands, purchased an energy drunk, attached his trade dress, and then went online to engage into ridesharing services.

The first ride request arrived from 8 minutes away. This client arrived at this pickup location within a minute of this driver pulling up to the pickup spot. As appealing as this may seem, the client requested a ride to a distant East Bay city that would take at least 1 hour to complete.

This Uber driver was already heading in this direction. They live 30 miles East of this destination. Given this scenario, this driver got paid to cover at least 30 miles of their way back home.

Even so, this driver who didn't plan to drive on this particular evening decided to keep the driver app on and got rewarded with a long first trip. Soon after completing this 1-hour trip, the driver received another ride request 10 miles down the road. It took him 13 minutes to reach this pickup address, which this client requested to go into San Francisco. Another lucrative trip!

Once going into San Francisco and delivering the client to their home, a ride request arrived near a restaurant off of Polk Street. This client requested 2-stops, where this ride took over 20-25 minutes to complete. Three good rides completed.

A ride request reached from 4 minutes down the street, within the same area as the third drop-off. The client requested a ride back to the state streets near Potrero Hill. Nevertheless, this last ride paid a decent amount to make this night successful.

In these four trips and dedicating 3 hours to driving, this driver got a good start to their week. They never anticipated driving on this night and making a good sum on fares. It was all accidental to take rides that took this driver in the direction they planned to go in to reach home.

This driver had a good night, never expecting to complete four lucrative trips. Ridesharing operates in this way, unplanned ride requests that are in result of drivers keeping this Uber app active while going home. Drivers operate using this strategy, as a way to earn reliable income. Stay online when you want to get rides, and go offline whenever you need a break.

Accidental rides happen often to make ridesharing worthwhile on off-nights. What better way than to pick-up riders in the direction you are already traveling in. UberPool, LyftLine and Sidecar's Shared Rides rely on keeping drivers efficient to decrease downtime and increase earnings.

Rideshare on!