The more Uber and Lyft succeed as ride-hailing apps, the more drivers they attract to their platforms. Even worse (for Lyft and Uber drivers), the two platforms have picked up a habit of cutting the per mile charges to the customers without consulting their largest stakeholder – the driver. The net effect of this is that drivers are left with less and less money in their pockets. The advice below will help you remain profitable, and even make more money than you thought possible. 1. Drive More during Rush Hour and Weekends You need to learn about the busiest hours for Lyft and Uber drivers. For example, during the weekdays, the morning and evening rush hours have higher demand than say 10 AM to 3 PM. During the weekends, you are likely to make more money during the mornings, afternoons and nights. 2. Connect Your Car with GOFAR Technology Smart drivers have adopted the GOFAR technology that helps them to; Track the car mileage for tax deductions Save fuel by finding the engine’s sweet spot and warning you when your driving technique burns money Alert you when the car has a fault Explain the car’s faults in plain English Remind the driver of Registration and Insurance Connect them to top-rated mechanics and parts suppliers Click here to learn how to increase your gas mileage and save up to 30%* on fuel costs each year. 3. Take Advantage of the High Turnover Unlike other industries, ridesharing driving has high turnover. Lyft and Uber Drivers listen to the politics around the rates offered and then deactivate the apps. On a good day ten will add on, but 100 will drop out, so you are okay. 4. Offer Better Customer Care Upon leaving the vehicle, Lyft or Uber drivers should double-check that nothing was left in the backseat and wish the customer a good day, using their name. When you say the customer’s name, it helps to create a connection and leaves the customer with a more personable experience. 5. Surge Chasing is a No-No Unless you are already in the area with the surge, never rush to try and take advantage of the spike in demand. Surges don’t last long, and by the time you reach the area, it might have dissipated, and you will have burnt your fuel. 6. Don’t be Too Hard on Yourself Rookie ridesharing drivers are bound to make mistakes. You will make a wrong turn, sometimes press the wrong button on the app, or even rush to an area with a surge. Don’t beat yourself too hard or get discouraged. By the time you drive your fiftieth ride, you will be a pro and will laugh at yourself for being so nervous on your first ride. Photo courtesy of Freepik Images by freepic.diller 7. Join Local Lyft and/or Uber Drivers’ Facebook Groups The best practice is to join a local driver’s Facebook group. Here, you will share problems and solutions specific to your location. Avoid the large groups with over 5,000 members as the old drivers may not be very receptive to the new drivers. 8. Get a Good Phone Mount and Charger Never start a ride without a good mount. It does not reflect very well on you if you hold the phone in your hand or put it on the cup holder. Your clients will give you bad reviews and low ratings. Secondly, always have a reliable phone charger in your car. The ride-sharing apps consume a lot of battery power. You don’t want to run out of battery just when you are talking to the customer! 9. Ensure the Passengers Don’t Leave Their Belongings Passengers often forget belongings such as phones, keys, purses and sometimes even wallets in the car. Unfortunately, by the time they discover they left their items in the car, you may be 10 miles away. This will mean burning fuel and missing out on a ride when you return the belongings. Always check the back seat! 10. Take Breaks Photo courtesy of Freepik Images by Freepik exclusive vectors For you to efficiently drive an 8-hour schedule, you will need at least eight straight hours of sleep. During the day, you will also need to take regular breaks when you can stretch or walk around. In the long run, you will need a healthy body to keep up with the hectic back-to-back rides. 11. Keep Your Expenses in Check The GOFAR App can help you track your expenses. You will need to know mileage covered, cost of servicing the car, any repairs done, etc. This information is vital for tax deduction purposes. 12. Never Drive Aimlessly Every mile you drive without a passenger in your car is an expense to you. You will be burning fuel, and your car will be undergoing wear and tear. Always look for an area with a lot of traffic such as a mall and park as you wait for customer ride requests. 13. Know Where to Get Restrooms Places like Debenhams or David Jones usually have bathrooms you can use, as does Starbucks or McDonalds. As you learn your routes, know where you can access the restrooms and park your car with no or minimal charges. 14. Get Carebags for Night Driving Once in a while, you will drive an intoxicated customer, and the chance of vomiting in the car are high. Always have some carebags that can be sealed so that if a customer feels like vomiting, you can give him the bag instead of puking all over your car’s seats. 15. Keep the Car Neat It’s pretty simple. Passengers like a clean car, so wash your car or get it washed about once a week or so. Also, you’re going to have passengers who are going to the airport and may have a lot of luggage. 16. The City is Busier than Suburbs In almost every market, Lyft and Uber drivers are busier in the city than the suburbs. The reason is simple – population density. You can still make money in the suburbs, but you won’t get as many rides as you can get in the city. 17. The Destination and Last Ride Settings Can Save You Fuel The Lyft and Uber apps have a functionality called destination setting. This setting helps you to receive customer requests only headed in the direction you set. You can only use the feature twice in a day with the Uber app while Lyft allows you to use it six times. If you are headed out to the suburbs and would like to get a customer on the trip back to the city, you can use this setting. Alternatively, if you are going home, and this is the last ride, you can set the destination as your home. Another feature that helps the drivers is the last ride setting which ensures you don’t get any new ride requests. If you have a customer in the car and you are about to reach your destination, you get a trip added in your queue, ensuring you have minimal downtime.