Sunday, April 19, 2015

Leaving out the True Details on Ridesharing Driving Jobs

Ridesharing companies surprise us. They advertise that people like yourself can drive their personal vehicles and make easy money. The real truth is that you're driving a wide range of personalities around town. All in all, using a personal vehicle is neither easy, nor is it profitable. Are people really that gullible to believe in these false positives?

Use your personal ride to give rides. Ridesharing companies motivate you to drive daily. They send emails all day long to drive you. Finally, you drive on poor city streets in San Francisco.

What happens? You break your personal vehicle. Expensive repair after expensive repair consume your weekly earnings. As a result of this, you are left with poor credit and a broken down junker.

Better yet, you have to wait 7-10 days to get paid on rides given between Monday and Thursday. This means you won't be as productive, especially because you'll be waiting for earnings that will keep you at home and not on the road. Unlike reliable job apps that pay out fast, ridesharing companies make you wait for your earnings. They utilize a weekly direct deposit schedule to disburse payments.

An exception to this rule is Sidecar, which payments pend for 4-5 days, and then must be submitted to receive payments 1-2 days in bank accounts. Why is this a problem? Rides given on Sunday may not be ready to disburse until Friday. Unfortunately, some banks don't accept direct deposits on Saturday morning. Therefore, drivers get paid on Monday morning. The best days to drive with Sidecar are Monday-Saturday.

The worst deception is price competition. The lower the prices, the more driving. Drivers must invest more time, more gas, and put more miles on their personal vehicles. Awful!

We hear that drivers are making more money with reduced rates. Ridesharing companies want to undercut taxi companies and ridesharing competitors to attract new riders and retain existing business among their hundreds of thousands of members. Drivers are working 12 hours (present time) to make the same earnings as 6 hours in 2013. Does this make any sense? Work longer to make more money? We think not. Get the idea? Lower rates and market this to get more business?

Who is losing out? Ridesharing drivers and their personal vehicles. Ridesharing companies put up no investment. They prey on the weak to generate massive revenue. The weak crowd are people who are desperate to make money because their day jobs are unappealing. These people get trapped into ridesharing at night and on weekends.

The star rating system is the most inaccurate indicator in all of ridesharing. Do riders actually rate fairly? No. These riders hurt hard working drivers for their own mistakes. They wake up late, request a ride, and rush drivers to get them on-time, when in fact they're already 30 minutes late. Nothing is more frustrating than the star rating system.

Why do drivers take ratings seriously? Ask the hundreds of former Lyft drivers who got terminated for ratings of 4.79 and below in 2012-2014. Essentially, overall star ratings that dip under the minimum rating threshold will alert the system to deactivate drivers. Some drivers last a weekend, a week, a month, a few months, and maybe a year. It all depends on passenger ratings and feedback. The fate of a driver lies in the hope of a passenger.

Take accountability riders, for requesting rides too late and expecting race car service. We're not powering through the Daytona 500. This is real life with real dangers. Are ridesharing drivers supposed to honor your request of driving 90 miles per hour in the rain to reach SFO? In no way possible, should a ridesharing driver listen to such an unsafe request. It's not the driver's fault you can't confirm flight times before waking up in the morning to submit a ride request.

The next time you see ridesharing ads rotating around on websites, just know there is more to earning money with your personal vehicle than driving people around and having fun. Is it fun to deal with drunken riders vomiting in your personal vehicle? Do you like to clean vomit chunks and smell this disaster in your car? Want to get $30-$60 from Uber after investing 3 hours to clean vomit? That's the going rate at Uber on personal vomit cleanups. Enjoy getting yelled at? Lyft passengers are notorious for yelling at drivers. Ready to get stuck in traffic and get paid a fixed price? Sidecar is the platform where riders can secure a rate and this never changes while driving between Point A and Point B.

We can go on and on all day long about the perils of ridesharing. Don't get us started on the health effects of ridesharing. Do you want UTIs, kidney stones, and kidney disease? In our honest opinion, driving many hours waiting to empty your bladder, drinking bad drinks, constant dehydration to avoid going to the restroom, and other untreated illnesses may in fact cause kidney disease.

Ridesharing is a reliable second-hand job. If drivers rely too much on ridesharing, they may find the legs cut from under them the moment their personal vehicles breakdown unexpectedly. We know of a ridesharing driver who is on their second week of missing work after a major breakdown. All of this is ruining their credit and putting them in a major financial crunch. There is no timetable to make these expensive repairs. Right at this moment, Uber keeps charging this driver $10 per week for their data plan on a locked iPhone.

Don't wait to end up in a bad predicament. Prepare ahead of time to deal with unforeseen events. Get two vehicles approved to avoid getting shunned out after a major breakdown. Trade-off driving can save one vehicle from abuse, because juggling between two vehicles may preserve your investments. Take it easy and don't overdo ridesharing. Set goals, make a plan and establish a balance. Driving 70-100 miles in a week will wear your personal vehicle and you out. Think of how many personalities you are dealing with day-in and day-out, and then combine this with heavy activity on the city streets.

Don't allow ridesharing to ruin your life. Keep a close eye on the roads to reduce accidents. Avoid speeding to get tickets. Don't double park next to bus stops. No Market Street pickups. Pay special attention to your surroundings in bad areas. Treat ridesharing like a job. Don't take risks that will compromise your future. Act ethical to protect your driving privileges. Become a moral driver who is willing to go above and beyond on every ride, no matter if these are short and/or long trips.

There is a lot to learn about ridesharing. Advertisements make ridesharing seem simple. If drivers make bad mistakes, they may ruin their entire life. They wouldn't face this serious risk in an office setting. On the road, a lapse in judgement may seriously injure and/or kill a person. Is this worth minimum wage pay after all expenses are deducted from the net earnings? No way!

Drivers who are careful and adopt a plan may find value in ridesharing. Nevertheless, driving people around may improve their quality of life. Keep in mind that you need a backup plan. Have a primary job and/or a second job ready on demand. Research the truth and understand the possible risks. Weigh the pros and cons of ridesharing. Once you do this, consider applying to become a ridesharing driver. Ridesharing companies won't reveal the dark side of ridesharing. Otherwise, prospective drivers will avoid taking such risks to make chump change.

Best of luck on your ridesharing adventure!