How do you choose the best radio station for your passenger?

Guest contributor Mike from Southern California shares his tips on radio play for passengers and what works the best for him. 

Silence is golden, or so they say but, is it really that great when you’re a car with a stranger? If you’re a new Uber or Lyft driver you may not realize just yet how awkward it can be to drive with a passenger only to have neither of you talking. Here’s how having the radio on can not only help give your passengers a great experience but also make your time on the road fly by.

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How autonomous vehicles will change ridesharing forever

We welcome Brett as a guest contributor for this article. Brett has been a rideshare driver since early 2014, and blogs about his experiences on his blog, rideshareapps.com. Brett is a regular contributor on SherpaShareBlog.com. 

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Is Uber becoming the new Walmart?

This post was written by guest contributor John Sollars, who is a full time driver and runs the blog RideshareDriver.com. He is a regular contributor to SherpaShareBlog.com.

Remember those news stories that were written every time a new Walmart opened? People were lining up every time a new one opened to apply for the same low paying jobs that everyone complained about. Does the extremely high turnover due to the lowering of rates sound familiar? Uber and Lyft are doing the same thing and raising sign on bonuses in order keep their driver force growing faster at a commensurate rate, but is it sustainable?  

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The rideshare driver’s checklist for handling accidents

We welcome Bryant Greening as guest contributor for this article. Bryant is a lawyer in Chicago, who’s been closely following the rideshare space for a while and has started the organization, Legal-Chicago.com. The article includes a checklist of what to do when you get in an accident and what to do after the accident.

Brake lights on. Brake lights off. You’ve been sitting in standstill traffic for what seems like forever. Your passengers are getting irritated. What do you want me to do, you think to yourself. You’re following the app’s directions; there’s no shortcut. So you wait.

Rideshare Accidents What to Do

“Just turn off here,” the loudest pax yells from the back. Okay, you nod. You start to turn. And then…BAM! The car jolts forward and jumps up onto the curb.  

The car goes silent but your head starts screaming. What was that? Am I bleeding? Are my passengers okay? I had the right-of-way! There goes my 4.9 rating. You take a deep breath, look in the rearview mirror and confirm, yes, you’ve been in a wreck.  

 

Rideshare Driving Risk

Let’s face it, the more time drivers spend on the road, the more likely they are to be in an accident. You simply can’t avoid every iPhone-using, makeup-applying, burrito-eating driver. Accidents happen and they are bound to happen to rideshare drivers.

For that reason, it’s vital that you understand how to protect your interests at the scene of a crash, where your actions and words can make or break a lawsuit down the road. Before we go over the checklist of what to do when you get in an accident, let’s quickly discuss some basics of traffic and injury law.

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What Happened After Uber Cut Fares in 48 Cites in 2015?

To dive a bit deeper into the recent Uber fare cuts, Simon from the Rideshare Dashboard took a look back at the January 2015 cuts in 48 cities to give some context on what drivers might be able to expect from this latest round of fare cuts.

What Happened After Uber Cut Fares in 48 Cities in 2015?

So hopefully many drivers already know about the fare cut in 80 cities two days ago and many are asking if these fare cuts are permanent. That is a hard question to answer.

It is both yes and and no. Uber did eventually raised up the fares in most cities, but they did not restore the pricing in many of those cities.

I have been tracking rates every week, and here is a summary of price increases of the original 48 cities that had a fare cut:

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The real reason behind SF Yellow Cab’s bankruptcy

On Wednesday it was reported that San Francisco’s largest taxi company, SF Yellow Cab, would file for bankruptcy. While some of the initial reports speculated on competition from Uber and Lyft as the main causes, there are deeper issues here related to the medallion system. Guest contributor , Driver8, who’s driven for the cab companies and the rideshare companies in San Francisco, shared his perspective on the news.
SF Yellow Cab Bankruptcy
A Yellow Cab taxi makes it’s way down a rainy Market Street Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Yellow Cab announced plans to file for bankruptcy as competition for riders has steepened since the introduction of ride-hail companies such as Uber and Lyft. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

What are the initial reports on the bankruptcy filing saying?

Driver8: I’ve found the article by Carolyn Said (SF Chronicle) to be the best so far. It focuses more on the facts (the $8 million lawsuit that Yellow Cab lost, for example), rather than conjecture about Uber and Lyft killing their business.

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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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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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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?”