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How to Pickup

Become a Passenger Pickup Expert

How to Pickup

What kind of a driver are you? Have you mastered the most important thing that we do, the passenger pickup? There  can be so many complications: Passenger’s not ready. Bus zones. Double parking. These are the things that we’re going to cover in this video.

Stick around because, at the end of the video, he's going to share with you the number one tool we have to become an expert at the passenger pickup. Scroll to the video transcript below to read the points covered in the video.

This video is from a US based driver, so you can ignore references to Lyft.

And when he talks about planning your pickup so that your passenger is on the right, that's because they drive on the right side of the road. For here, it's on the left, of course.

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Lucky to Live Here

Rideshare in the U.S.

Here's some rideshare stuff happening in the U.S.

Some frightening, like the young driver being shot at over a $10 McDonald's delivery.

Some Covid-19 related, like face recognition software being employed to ensure passengers are wearing masks.

And some interesting, like all of the new rideshare startups in response to Uber and Lyft's legal stoushes.

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New Survey Results

Thank you to all the extra drivers who added their results to the survey since they were first published yesterday. There were some significant changes, so I've republished them here.

Survey Result New1

This chart reflects increased pessimism. The original chart showed 64% reported that their rideshare business was worse or much worse because of the pandemic. This has increased to a whopping 78%.

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Survey Results

Survey Result 1

The survey results are in and the results are interesting. If you didn't get around to completing the survey yesterday, you can still do so at https://rideshareguy.com.au/please-complete-this-short-rideshare-survey/. I'll be happy to republish the results if the figures change significantly.

The chart above is just one of the results from one question. As you can see, 64% of respondents felt that their rideshare business was worse or much worse because of Covid-19.

Let's have a look at the rest of the results.

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US Drivers Finding Uber Unsustainable

This article was originally reported in the Washington Post and while it raises real and serious concerns about rideshare driving, its conclusions apply specifically to the United States and even more specifically to Washington, D.C.

What do you think? Is this exclusively an American concern? What about where you drive? Let us know in the comments if you are concerned about any of these things where you drive.

Safety Concerns

Uber Driver Safety Concerns

A Georgetown University study of 40 Uber drivers in the D.C. region released Thursday found some thought the work “unsustainable,” with one-third reporting assaults or safety concerns and saying they went into debt to drive on the platform.

Based on interviews conducted in 2016, the study found 30 percent of the drivers were concerned about their safety. One driver told researchers of being robbed at gunpoint; another said he was assaulted after turning down drugs from a passenger.

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I’m No Longer Driving for Uber. Here’s Why:

1. It's Very Expensive

Uber Driver Major Expenses

I found this out when a number of things happened at once.

First, I had a major repair expense, enough to wipe out all my Uber income for the past 5 months!

The major component that failed caused my car to stop as it came off the motorway while delivering two passengers to the airport.

Fortunately, I was able to flag down another Uber driver on his way to the airport and he was able to add my passengers to his. So at least my passengers caught their flight.

Component Failure

Was Uber driving the cause of the failure?

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Hidden Opportunities for Uber Drivers

While waiting for me to do the next lot of FAQs, here are some ways of using the time spent waiting for your next ride.

Uber Driving

We drive mostly to make money: We drive, we earn, we drive, and we earn. But there’s quite a few things that are really golden opportunities that we have because of all that time that we’re spending in the car.

Ongoing Education

The first hidden opportunity is ongoing education. We spend a lot of time in the car, and with the invention of podcasts, it’s amazing how much new stuff we can learn. Whether you want to learn about pig hunting, you want to learn about how your mind works, about meditation, you want to learn about MMA fighting, you want to learn about peak performance, you want to learn about the Paleo or Keto diet.

If you do 20 rides a day, and in between the rides you have 5 minutes, that’s like 100 extra minutes that you have where you can be listening to podcasts when your passengers aren’t in the car.

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Uber Driverless Cars

Autonomous Ubers: It's a Question of When, Not If

Uber Driverless Car

I don't think that there's any doubt that Uber sees us drivers as the weak link in their business model. They are looking forward to a future where they can eliminate us.

There's no point in resenting that. We have to accept that it's an inevitable part of the future.

A future where advances in technology eliminate the need for a driver, drastically reduce the road toll and bring congestion down to bearable levels.

Followed by Future 2.0, where autonomous flying cars eliminate the road toll, eliminate congestion, return the real estate currently consumed by roads to the public domain and, more than probably, eliminate private car ownership.

After all, why own a car when you can tap a destination on your smart phone and a few minutes later a vehicle drops out of the sky, you get in, it elevates to its assigned level and travels in a straight line to your destination while you listen to music, conference with your colleagues, face time with your friends or relax with a drink.

Guys, it's not that far off!

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Analyse and Protect Your Uber Driver Rating

Uber Driver App Ratings Summary

The previous version of the Uber Driver App showed you your rating, but not how it was calculated.

So you had no idea of how many different star ratings you had and so no idea of how vulnerable you were.

The new Uber Driver App gives you this detail.

Tap your profile image in the upper right corner of the main screen. You'll see three buttons, labelled Earnings, Profile and Account.

The Profile button will have your picture above, along with your current rating. Tap it and it will show you your image and rating again, plus your total number of trips and how long you've been an Uber driver.

You can also click the Add Details button to add more personal details that your riders can access if they wish to do so.

Click the rating itself underneath your image to see the breakdown of individual ratings. Your current Uber Driver rating is calculated from your last 500 rated trips.

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