Kevin York (RadarRider)

Ride Apprentice

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  • I Like Uber Pro. Why? It offers balance. You get more if you do not cherry pick often... but you can cherry pick if you need to a little bit. This means I have to try to take all rides if possible, but there will be a few times where it is really a bad choice to accept the ride... and we have the ability to see that in advance and decline as long as we stay within parameters. It also stops people from abusing things by constant cancelling... at least if they want to achieve platinum status. In order for Uber to work, people have to be happy to take it. If people cannot get rides and uber is unreliable, the word will spread and people will stop taking it. Just like waiting tables. if you want to work in a good establishment, you will have to take all tables, not just the high dollar ones. You will have to take some dead shifts to work the heavy ones. It is the nature of the thing. I really like the balance of it. I even wrote in as to how this would work a while ago and am happy to see it in practice. It also helps me enjoy the work better.

  • Hard to believe there is a loss when they make so much off each driver.

  • "End Days" ridiculous.

  • Sorry, Get real.

  • In the last several days I had 4 riders with accounts that had non working phone numbers. I cancelled another because when I called they said they had not ordered and Uber and it must be someone else with the same number. Reason: "I did not feel safe" and I called in to have them deactivated. Two were from China and I am not sure why the numbers did not work. Frankly it scares me a little when the numbers are not in service. You are right. As drivers we get no reliable information about the riders.

  • As a driver, I have no remorse for rating a dangerous driver or a garbage smelling mechanically dangerous car a bad rating. Putting peoples lives at risk. Every person they give a ride to will consider not getting an Lyft/Uber ever again after their ride. Get them off the road. Just be sure they deserve a 1 before you give it. Wrong car, Wrong pic, DO NOT GET IN, and report. NO EXCUSES. Don't speak English? That is what google translate is for.

  • Yes, That would upset me quite a bit. Otherwise I tend to get pulled further and further from home. Like hours sometimes. Actually they are asking us to drive for free. My rate card says 33 cents per mile and 10 cents per minute. Frankly, I almost s#@t myself when I saw it. No warning... unless they had a popup when I was driving. Someone on the phone said it was more... but I guess I will have to do a ride to find out... but really I do not want to. Eventually the IRS will have to do something. The write off is more than the pay. You are depreciating your car for a little cash. If it is a recent model... you lose big time. Funny thing is my last tech job would pay me an hourly rate for my travel time AND $.75 per mile.

  • You forgot the part where he was supposed to say your name BEFORE you let him in the car.

    Either way works, 

    you say their name,     they say yours.         

    You say your name,       they say theirs.       

    Lately I have not been starting non house pickups until they give me my name.   Just to raise awareness.  

     People usually only check the car and the pic.

  • "Driver will ask your name you then give yours."   NO.

    You say "Hi" and say the passengers name so they know you are there to pick them up.

    The passenger should say "Hi" and your (the driver's) name so the driver knows they are the correct customer.

    I am tired of the wrong addresses put in to pick up at.   Sometimes the app will not let them put the correct address. It is for this reason that I never pull into a driveway.  It can be very dangerous.  Also, it makes me nervous when people try to get in the car and they are not where they were supposed to be.

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     1 year ago in  Uber Destination Mode Paying 30% Less

    Seems like Uber stopped this practice.  Thanks Uber.

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     1 year ago in  Have you had any #whatsmyname passengers yet?

    We do not get the destination until after the trip is started... so exactly how does that help?  Unless you are cherry picking...

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     1 year ago in  Have you had any #whatsmyname passengers yet?

    You are supposed to give them their name!   Then they are supposed to give you yours.  You got it backwards.   Yes?

    Since the SC incident I have had several people check my plates... I like it.  They will say my name, I say theirs.   It is a good icebreaker/handshake/civil start to a ride.  

  • Maybe it is different for rideshares and taxis, but in NC, if the damage is minimal, you are required to move to the side of the road.... of course you should take pictures of the accident, pavement, skidmarks, reasonably clearly first.

  • I have been thinking about this.  Some of the things I have heard are really not repeatable here, crude and unbecoming...   

    There was one toxic woman... she was so toxic... until she said... "Oh, you are from NYC... well that explains a lot."   I had been very nice to her, so nice, and she was being horribly abusive... well anyway,  she pressed a button and I silently flipped...  My eyes must have given her an angry look... (one hell of a transition... I was really offended.)  I think she actually jumped... maybe even peed a little...  and on realizing she had crossed the line...  she became as sweet as your grandma.  The ride went from -100 to +10.  (I think she did not want her son to get a 1.)

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     1 year ago in  Uber Destination Mode Paying 30% Less

    You are damn straight it is evil. They are steal from us... make no mistake.. it is STEALING...   I refuse to make THEM any money while they are stealing from me.  

    So, I turn it off to spite them, even though it hurts me, because they hurt me more.

    They keep their share and give none of it up.  

    Uber could easily set things up so DM rides 50-80+ miles from home would not be affected.

    They already cut our mileage pay.
    Now, to add insult to injury... After gas, taxes, depreciation, maintenance...  then add 30-50% taken off the top... what is left for us???  So we are expected to drive 2 hours for them just to cover our gas?  Yay!   Oh Joy... (facetious)

    How would you like to be forced to work extra hours for less than hourly pay?  Simple, just don't work those extra hours... and work on finding a better job.

    Isn't it supposed to be "Uber" and not "Rube?"

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     1 year ago in  Uber plans to kick off IPO in April!

    Why would you invest money in a company with a billion dollar loss in one year?

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     1 year ago in  Is Uber eats worth it for drivers?

    Hmmm, lets see.   

    Pizza delivery is only done within a certain radius of the restaurant.  

    The mileage and gas is less.

    You leave when the food is ready and hot, 

    you receive an hourly wage.

    You do not have to have an excellent car and there is minimal depreciation.

    You do not have to drive 15 minutes to the pick up, find parking, find someone to give you the food, then check it.

    You do not have to get something to keep the food warm.

    You generally do not have to deal with GPS as much the distance to deliver can be longer...  8-20 minutes of traffic to get the food there.

    People tip pizza and Chinese delivery and are happy to see the delivery guy.

    People know that if they do not tip for a paid delivery guy... the restaurant will remember them.

    Your car does not get smelly like a poorly cleaned restaurant.

    You make a bit more than $3 an hour... before expenses.

    There are a lot of variables with the food that can go wrong, and it gets taken out on the driver.

    Who cares how bad it is for Uber.   It is a bad business model in many markets and bad for Uber Drivers.

    If Uber was smart, they would only offer it in good areas.   (Some are actually good.  Not where I am!)

    I am just glad I can turn it off or ask them to remove it completely.

    Try getting pulled 17 minutes  off course to pick up a bacon egg and cheese mcmuffin… then 10 minutes further for $3 and no tip.

    Or a delivery in traffic that takes 55 min and grosses $3 and enough aggravation to kill a horse.

    No thanks.

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     1 year ago in  Uber Destination Mode Paying 30% Less

    Interesting.   I never claimed to be an expert.   When I started, there had been several people that were deactivated supposedly for low acceptance rates.  When I read the agreement, it was my understanding that a low acceptance rate could lead to deactivation... or so I thought.

    Maybe things have changed.  (They do tend to change things don't they.)

    However, the statement:

    "we no longer display your acceptance rate because it does not have an affect on your ability to earn promotions."

    Does not mention anything about being deactivated, but only about your ability to earn promotions.

    So, I dug up the Driver deactivation policy:  


    Acceptance Rates

    High acceptance rates are a critical part of reliable, high-quality service, but not accepting trip requests does not lead to permanent loss of your account.

    Consistently accepting trip requests helps maximize earnings for drivers and keeps the system running smoothly. We know that sometimes things come up that prevent you from accepting every trip request, or you may want to take a break. But not accepting trip requests causes delays and degrades the reliability of the system. If you don’t want to accept trips, just log off. 

    If you consistently decline trip requests, we will assume you do not want to accept more trips and you may be logged out of the app. [3]"

    So, It seems as though you are correct.  it will not lead to deactivation, but it does no good for the system... however... again... seeing how we are being treated and often cheated... I get it.

    I am also going to add this:  

    "Cancellation Rate

    A driver cancellation is when you accept a trip request and then cancel the trip. Cancellations create a poor rider experience and negatively affect other drivers. We understand that there may be times when something comes up and you have to cancel an accepted trip. But minimizing cancellations is critical for the reliability of the system.

    How is my cancellation rate calculated? Your cancellation rate is based on the number of trips canceled out of the total number of trips you accept. (For example, if you’ve accepted 100 trips and 4 of them are canceled, your cancellation rate would be 4%.) High-quality drivers typically have a cancellation rate lower than 5%.

    What leads to you losing access to your account? Each city has a maximum cancellation rate, based on the average cancellation rate of drivers in that area. We will alert you multiple times if your cancellation rate is much higher or if you are consistently canceling more often than other drivers in your city, after which you may be logged out of the app. If your cancellation rate continues to exceed the maximum limit, you may lose access to your account."

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    We were not talking about cancellation rates, kind of a non-sequitur… but you can get deactivated for it.

    I stand corrected.  Thank you.

    Also, we do not get Uber-Pro here, but apparently they are not saying "Acceptance rate" will affect it.

    I am curious about something. How do you know which 97% of the rides to not accept?   

    There have been many rides I did not want to accept.  Sometimes I will not accept a 20 minute ride to a pickup.  sometimes I get these 1 block from the airport lot with almost no one in it.  (no brainer.)

    Others I accepted and wound up with $25 and up fares.

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     1 year ago in  Uber Destination Mode Paying 30% Less

    Low rated?  I may not be a 5 but I am just a few points away from it.  I did not realize you were an expert on my life... Continue while I take notes....  mmm no...  Wrong, wrong... wrong wrong.    In order for you to insult me, I would have to value your opinion.  Nice try though.

    If they are collecting data as they said, and if everyone did like you... all it would do is show negative results for DM.   I do OK, I play the game within the rules and try not to be an ass, or jaded, or unethical... despite how we may be treated.  I also try not to give bad advice that newbies will think is good.   Keep declining/missing rides while online.  Eventually you will be deactivated.

  • Follow Up:    I went to Todd at Bigg Time Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Mooresville NC  They deserve a shout out BIG TIME!  They had a special leather cleaner that breaks down the oils and sucks them out, while adding good oils in.  (Not available over the counter and you would not want to get it on your skin!) They said it might be strong but it was not.  Two days ago my first rider got in and said your car smells so nice.  (I do not use air freshener.)  No kidding.  I was like  "did someone put you up to this?"  she said no.  I swear I had a tear welling up in my right eye.  

        For someone who has a heightened sense of smell, this has been traumatic.  It was so nice to hear this.  I know the product worked.  It took a day or two to completely break any residuals down, but it really worked...   (remember I tried several methods and 15 times to get he smell out myself.)

    If you live in the area, they will come up on google.  I do not live there, but he did me a favor and you can tell him the traumatized uber guy sent you.... he might give you a discount.

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