This Uber drivers review may help you make a decision on becoming an Uber driver. Uber is a fast growing company with access to transportation throughout the world. Being an Uber driver is a possible way to make some extra income or even to have a full time income.
There are certain requirements to become an Uber driver. Some may be obvious. You must be 21 years old or older, have at least 3 years driving experience, and pass a background check. You must have a clean driving record with not DUI offenses, fatal accidents, or any history of reckless driving (plus other driving offenses). Your vehicle must meet standard requirements such as a newer vehicle and no marked, taxi or salvaged vehicles. It must be currently registered.
The first step is to complete an online application which you can start here. Next, get you car inspected by Uber. You may have to wait a few days while Uber does a background check. It may take up to 10 days to clear. When cleared, you are ready to drive.
Some drivers sign up for Lyft as well as Uber to increase the possible number of passengers available. Lyft is rapidly becoming competition to Uber.
How Much Can You Make
The pay that you make depends on where you live and how many hours that you drive. Uber shows claims of $90,000 per year in New York City which breaks down to about $45 per hour for a 40 hour week. They claim a driver can make $60,000 per year in Dallas which breaks down to about $30 per hour for a 40 hour week. Uber reports an average rate of earnings of $19 per hour. If you made this average and worked 40 hours per week, you would earn $38,000 in a year. However, if you worked more hours, you could make more. Of course you will have to see what the average earnings are in the city where you live.
Driving for Uber gives you the chance to meet new people. This is an opportunity to get out every day, travel around, meet interesting people, and earn money at the same time.
You also get to be your own boss. You do not report to anyone and therefore can make your own decisions. Of course you do have to meet Uber standards. There is a rating system where you are rated by the passengers. You must maintain a 4.5 or above rating in order not to be cut from driving for Uber. Therefore, it is a good idea to try and be as polite and courteous as possible with the riders. Keep in mind that you get to rate the passengers as well.
Having flexible hours is another great advantage. You work for yourself; therefore, you can make your own hours. However, if you don’t work, you won’t make any money. So the choice is yours. You don’t have to ask anyone if you wish to take a vacation. To take advantage of the best working hours, you might consider driving during surge pricing hours. Surge pricing occurs when higher demand exists and the prices will go up. This will usually occur at peak times in the morning or in the evening rush hour. This may be the best time to put in your driving hours.
You can listen to music while you work. This advantage beats most jobs where you cannot do this. However, when passengers are aboard, you might want to consider their needs on what they may want to listen to, or even whether they want to listen to anything at all.
You may have to work a lot of hours to earn good money. This is a work-life balance that most self employed people have to consider. Some people live to work, while others work to live. The balance should fit your life style.
There is going to be wear and tear on your vehicle. The cost to fix and maintain the vehicle is yours. You may have to consider a different kind of insurance than you usual auto insurance because there is usually a clause in the policy which exempts liability for your vehicle if it is used “For Hire”. This means that you will need a commercial insurance policy which could cost more. Make sure that you take this into consideration if you decide to drive for Uber.
There are no tips for driving with Uber. When I signed up as a rider, I had to put in my profile the percentage of tip that I wish to give. Therefore, I thought that all drivers got the tips, but one driver told me that there were no tips. I looked up my profile and discovered that the tips that I entered was only for the TAXI service and not Black, SUV, or uberX. UberX is the most commonly used by riders because it is the cheapest. However, Lyft does provide tips built into the service. You might want to consider this when deciding what type of vehicle that you will use and what service company that you may want to drive for.
There have been many positive and negative thoughts on driving for Uber or even Lyft. The choice is eventually yours after weighing all the pros and cons. Benson Strategy Group (BSG) has issued a report on the statistics of Uber drivers. Some of the few highlights of this report are that 78% are satisfied with their experience driving on the Uber platform. The report also states that 71% of the drivers reported that their income was better and 61% reported that their financial security was better. They reported that drivers who were previous taxi drivers average $23 per hour and drives who were previous black car drivers average $27 per hour. Hopefully this BSG report along with this Uber drivers review will help you make the decision on whether or not to become an Uber driver.