Driving tips for New Year’s Eve and other trending discussions

New Year’s Eve has been a hot topic over the last few days on SherpaShare Chat. Some of the trending posts include:

  • “Can anyone recommend a good new years eve radio station?”
  • “Happy New Years Sherpas… remember to get some gallon freezer ziploc bags for NYE and stay safe and alert…”
  • “Most entitled pax 2015? Stop. Some stories shouldn’t be told…”
  • “Anyone in LA area work Rose Bowl last year? Tips or suggestions?”

 

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How to label, edit, and export your mileage with SherpaShare

While the SherpaShare App is designed to run in the background and track your driving mileage automatically, that alone is not useful if you don’t know what to do with this mileage afterwords. Here are 5 tips on viewing, labeling, editing, adding, and exporting your mileage.

 Pro Tip: Download the free app first on iOS or Android, then read below

How to see your past trips

When you login to your web dashboard, under the Mileage screen you’ll see a list of your tracked mileage. You can scroll or search by date, and tap the map marker icon under Miles. Once you do, you’ll see the full map of that trip.

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7 things I learned as a rideshare driver in 2015

7 things I learned as a rideshare driver in 2015

For our latest post we welcome guest contributor Brett Helling to share his insights on lessons learned while rideshare driving – and what you can learn from them. Brett has been a rideshare driver since early 2014, and blogs about his experiences on the blog he runs, rideshareapps.com

It’s been almost two full years since I signed up to become a rideshare driver. I first signed up with Lyft, then took the plunge and signed up for Uber too. After a few months of driving people around, I thought I knew it all. But towards the end of 2014, the rideshare scene was drastically changing, and I had to adapt to keep up.

2015 brought its fair share of lessons, and I would like to share with you a few things I’ve learned over the past two years. Hopefully some of these suggestions help you avoid rookie mistakes and help you maximize your income too! 

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Sidecar shuts down, ceasing rideshare and delivery operations on December 31st

In an email to drivers this morning, Sidecar announced that “effective December 31st at midnight, Sidecar will cease rideshare and delivery operations”. The email said that this effective shutdown is “in order to pursue other strategic opportunities”.

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A tough year for Sidecar

This announcement comes after a year of many changes for the Sidecar team, namely that they switched to a delivery-first focus after being beat in the rideshare space by Uber and Lyft.  Continue reading “Sidecar shuts down, ceasing rideshare and delivery operations on December 31st”

More Uber and Lyft driver heatmaps from across the US

A week ago, we shared 8 maps from cross the US that showed just how busy it was on the road this holiday season – and that as an Uber or Lyft driver you’re not alone. The maps were a hit!  We decided to share more in our second installment in this visual journey:

Chicago has been one of the busiest rideshare cities outside of the coasts since Uber and Lyft launched there, and has had a few recent pro-rideshare developments: Continue reading “More Uber and Lyft driver heatmaps from across the US”

The math behind UberPool: Why UberPool rides can actually be the best option for drivers

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For our latest post we welcome guest contributor John Sollars to share his perspective on UberPool. John also runs the blog RideshareDriver.com and we’ll be sure to include upcoming features by him on the SherpaShare Blog.

I’m a full-time driver and a veteran in the driving industry, and recently ran some of the numbers: It turns out that a driver’s compensation for UberPool rides is nearly identical as it is for UberX rides, and can often lead to higher earnings for the driver.  

On the surface it might appear that the driver has to work harder for exactly the same amount of money when accepting an UberPool vs. UberX ride. Drivers earn the same mileage rate, the same rate per minute and the same base fare (for the 1st passenger) as they do for an UberX ride.

The key difference though is that UberPool rides often last longer and can therefore be a more efficient use of your time. Here’s how it looks:   
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What you need to know before doing Lyft pickups at LAX today

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Traffic at LAX where Lyft drivers will be allowed to pick up passengers started at 8am today. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Drivers are cleared for pickups at Los Angeles International Airport starting today

Yesterday, Lyft announced that it will be cleared for passenger pickups at Los Angeles International Airport starting at 8am today. Here’s what you need to know before you pull up and attempt to pickup the hordes of holiday travelers.

Before you take your first trip, you’ll need an airport placard

Yesterday, Lyft sent an email to LA area drivers on how to get started with LAX pickups.  Continue reading “What you need to know before doing Lyft pickups at LAX today”

Thanks for sharing the road this year!

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To fellow drivers, deliverers, passengers, and packages, what a year it has been! We can’t wait to see you on the road this holiday season and in 2016 – whether we’re next to each other at the light, we pick you up at the airport to take you home or out to dinner, or deliver holiday treats to your door. Thanks for sharing the road this year! Happy holidays & happy New Year! – The SherpaShare family

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Should you get GAP insurance as a rideshare driver?

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For our latest post we welcome guest contributor Adam Wagener to share his insights on GAP insurance – and what you should know about it as a rideshare driver. Adam has been a rideshare driver since June 2014 and likes acting, writing music, and drinking an occasional craft beer after a shift!

There are a lot of expenses when you’re a rideshare driver: Gasoline, maintenance, car payments, amenities, just to name a few.  And let’s not forget the one you’ll pay the most money for and hopefully use the least — insurance!  Sure everyone knows about auto insurance, because you need to have it to drive your car legally, but what about GAP insurance? Do you really need to get this as a driver? Here’s what you need to know before you make a decision.

 

How GAP insurance works and its secret

Let’s say you picked up a new car.  Maybe you trade in an old gas-guzzler to grab a nice, fuel-efficient ride.  Chances are, you aren’t able to pay all cash, so you get financing for most or at least some of it.  During this process, the sales person should offer you something called GAP insurance, or “Guaranteed Auto Protection.”   Continue reading “Should you get GAP insurance as a rideshare driver?”