Monday, August 03, 2020

#Covid19 And Ridesharing Services

For the last several years, working as a ridesharing driver blessed me with many memorable moments. I remember driving clients to music festivals, colleges, workplaces, BART stations, movie theaters, restaurants, bars, clubs and airports. We enjoyed having deep conversations about personal growth, sports, movies and our dreams. Furthermore, I chased after the weekly quests to stay financially afloat. In essence, ridesharing kept me competitive and proactive to achieve short-term goals.

Expensive vehicle repairs, high maintenance costs, specialty insurance premiums, leasing fees, cellular phone/data usage monthly costs, cleaning fees, hackers breaking into ride apps to steal weekly earnings and riders making false reports are some of the challenges that drivers experienced while performing ridesharing services. I survived all of these setbacks but the Covid19 pandemic put a damper on my 2020 plans to restore my past earnings.

The pioneers of ridesharing faced many uphill battles trying to remain active on ride platforms. Given all the vehicle problems and technical issues they encountered, flexible work schedules and having the freedom to choose service areas still retained existing drivers and enticed new prospects. Drivers can overcome their past setbacks and work towards improving their financial outlook.

Financial problems connected to ridesharing blocked my progress. I'm still paying for debts that are connected to my past ridesharing work. Recurring expenses turned ridesharing into a low paying job that stalled out production. For the most part, my credit score dropped to the mid 500's, three cars fell apart, Fastrak violations reached five figures and my Hollywood dream got postponed indefinitely. Flexible scheduling is a trap to coerce drivers into depending on ridesharing like an addiction. Somehow, drivers return back to doing what caused them past conflict.

Occasionally, we may see ridesharing vehicles transporting riders to local supermarkets, to airports and to job sites. Nonetheless, the ridesharing industry is no longer thriving under pandemic life. All operations are at a standstill: No ideal restart date is available to reclaim pre-pandemic business.

Thousands of ridesharing drivers are feeling the financial burn. Bars, restaurants, music festivals, colleges, schools, jobs, commuters and the movie theaters created consistent ridesharing business. When millions of people quarantined between March and May, the ridesharing industry reached a dead-end. It is far too dangerous to drive people around during this pandemic. In present time, many U.S. states are scaling back their re-opening efforts to confront COVID-19 head-on.

Are you a Lyft, Uber or Lyft/Uber driver struggling to financially survive the pandemic? What is the percentage you are making during COVID19 compared to the pre-pandemic? How many ride requests do you average per day? Is your ride per hour average above 2 trips?