Wes Kretzer (Wes)

Ride Apprentice from Aurora, OH

Weekend Uber Warrior
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Weekend Uber Warrior, experience with lighting and lighting fixtures/applications, Southern Gospel Music.

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     5 hours ago in  Lorisriden

    Why not call a cab?  They are set up to accept cash.  Uber and Lyft are strictly handled by card and you are NOT insured if you take a rideshare ride paying cash.  This is a violation of the terms of service and would not only get the rider terminated, but you would have NO insurance if you were in an accident.


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     2 weeks ago in  Can you get bedbugs from an Uber car?

    Absolutely you can - just as you can get them from ANY surface where the bed bugs reside or have been recently deposited.


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     1 month ago in  If I get into an accident in period one, am I covered?

    If you have Ridehshare Insurance, YES.  If not, you can only hope your insurance company doesn't find out you were involved in Ridehshare activities at the time of the accident as they could use this to avoid covering you.


  • Do you have an Uber Hub office in your area?  I would go visit them where you can speak to a "live person" and perhaps you can sway them to get involved.  This whole "drinking" thing has gotten completely out of hand with customers who choose to totally disregard the outcome to you in hopes of gaining a free ride or free credit on their account.  It's criminal but there's little you can do and that's completely unfair to everyone.  I found it infuriating as I'm sure you do!!!


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     2 months ago in  Can a ride be schedule ahead of time

    In some cities you can while others it's not an option.  However, please understand that scheduling in advance merely places your request in a que that automatically makes the request at the time you indicate for pick up.  Particularly since you're both at different terminals, I wouldn't recommend attempting to pre-arrange.  There's always plenty of cars at the airport and it will not expedite your pick up whatsoever.  The system may not allow it at the airport anyhow as there is a que system in place at airports where the the drivers are stacked to receive requests in the order of their arrival at the Uber/Lyft holding lot where drivers are required to go before they can receive a request.  No matter what you do, the time for a driver to arrive at your pick up point will be the same since every car begins at the drivers lot which is typically 4-6 minutes away from the gates.


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     2 months ago in  Why don't my ratings increase

    If you haven't done 500 rides, you'll find your rating jumps around more than if you have.  If you're a new driver, Uber and Lyft both pretty much ignore your ratings for the first 100 trips unless they receive negative comments in which case they'll send you an automated message informing you of some things you could "improve".  

    Once you've completed 500 rides, even a 1 won't have a huge impact on your overall score, but it's also slower to increase your rating to a higher level.


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     2 months ago in  are early morning rides available on Sundays?

    Scheduling in advance (on Uber) does NOTHING.  It simply places the request in a computer que to request your ride at the indicated time.  If there are no drivers available, you still won't have a car.  With Lyft, the system is different and a driver can accept the trip in advance which is sort of a commitment that they will be working during this time.

    My suggestion would be, prior to the trip, to look at your app at 4 in the morning and see if there are cars available in your area.  If so, you can have reasonable confidence cars will also be available whenever you're actually ready to go on your trip to the airport.


  • In the United States, Uber/Lyft does NOT accept cash as a form of payment.  If you DO somehow find a driver willing to take the ride for cash, just remember, you are taking what could easily turn out to be an UNINSURED RIDE should an accident occur.  Personal insurance policies EXCLUDE drives 'for hire'.  In other words, if you're getting paid to take someone somewhere, that ride is NOT insured and requires commercial insurance.  Thoretically, even if you have added Rideshare coverage to your policy, that covers Rideshare rides and NOT cash rides.  Those rides would require TRUE commercial insurance which is WAY more expensive than Rideshare coverage.  So let the customer beware and if you do this, know that you're doing it fully informed.


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     3 months ago in  Booking ahead for large vehicles

    If your city allows you to schedule trips, then yes, you can schedule XL vehicles in advance.  Keep in mind several things.  Getting multiple vehicles in advance is NOT possible, only one at a time.  Also keep in mind that many XL's can seat 6 but it's a squeeze, so if comfort matters, you may want to plan for 5 passengers (plus the driver) to a vehicle.

    More importantly, you can only request ONE vehicle at a time, so if you need multiple vehicles it will be a problem.

    Lastly, keep in mind that using two regular Uber/Lyfts only costs slightly more than one XL, so there's not a huge savings by going to XL.  It's a matter of convenience.


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     4 months ago in  Fare estimate

    The easiy way is to download the app, open it up and see if it tells you service is not available. If it does not, then service IS available in your area and if you look closely at the map, you'll most likely see available cars in various points around your area.  You may need to enlarge the map (squeeze in) to be able to see the available cars.


  • I would tend to agree with the writer's thoughts, however with that said, I have on more than one occasion not noticed a passenger rating until after I accepted the ride only to find they were absolutely lovely people.  So perhaps their lower rating experience was one where "you would have to have been there" to see why it might have happened.


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     5 months ago in  schduled uber at 4:00am reliable?

    At an airport, YES you should always be okay.  If you were in an outlying area, that's probably the weakest time of night to find a driver.


  • AS a driver i certainly wouldn't rate someone less than 5 stars because the're wealthy.  However I will say in my experience wealthy folks tend to be really lousy tippers regardless of how much you go out of your way to cater to them.  


    The best tippers tend to be people who work in similar industries such as waiters and service industry folks.  They "get it"... they understand how vitally important it really is.


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     6 months ago in  London is only letting Uber operate for 2 more months

    The taxi companies have a serious "voice" and are fighting it tooth and nail.  Obviously Uber hasn't found the right official to buy off and make this problem go away.  Knowing their style and marketing, they will rally enough support from the public to get this resolved in time is my bet.


  • This fight will continue in the courts for a very long time while Uber and Lyft spend millions trying to protect their core business and profits.  Eventually the drivers will have to "agree" to a new TOS that states we are choosing to drive as a contractor and understand that we may not earn minimum wage as a result of our work (especially after deductions where we ALL know that based on our tax records, few of us are actually making more than minimum wage per hour invested once you take the mileage deduction - which by the way, if VERY revealing about the reality of the entire driving gig).  My guess is that after the smoke clears and the courts get weary from ongoing litigation, Uber/Lyft WILL win and the vast majority of drivers will have received enough propaganda from said companies to actually be supporting them and saying Amen.


  • I will still use them provided they still cost less than a cab, however I am in high hopes that at some point, and perhaps not on the initial phase, but they really MUST do something to help out the drivers too!


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     7 months ago in  Lyft lowering rates to 43.5 cents a mile in Florida & Vegas

    But they increased the per minute rate considerably as I understand it and ARE paying you from the time you accept the ping.  So now you DO get paid to go pick the passenger up, correct?


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     7 months ago in  Uber app clone?

    But why?  There are hundreds of code writing folks at Uber.  The app requires continual maintenance!  What would be the purpose?  Starting your own service???  Hope you have a few million laying around to invest in marketing!  We can't possible drive for less than we do now, so what exactly would be your "catch"...  why would people change to a different service?


  • If you went back 2-3 years, I would definitely have said Lyft was the nicer company.  They seemed to lend a caring ear to their drivers.  At one time, you always met with a mentor (whom Lyft paid) and also have a driving test and car inspection when you signed up.  That's how it was when I signed up even though I'd already been with Uber for a year.  But now that has changed (at least in our market)

    But today, honestly, they're both fighting for survival and profits and other than the reality that Lyft is generally less costly to the passenger (at least I've found that to be true in my market area), otherwise they're pretty much identical IMO.  

    I do believe you make a few more bucks driving for Uber, and you definitely have a much greater surge opportunity with Uber in my experience, although lately that seems to be much less.  perhaps too many drivers, perhaps a change in the algorythm.  


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     8 months ago in  What would your dream rideshare company look like drivers?

    I'm not a stock expert by ANY stretch of the imagination, but according to my findings, Uber's high is 47 and low is 36 and currently at 43.78.  Lyft on the other hand high is 88, low at 47 and currently at 63.34.  Perhaps I'm not evaluating this fairly since I don't understand all the ramifications, but it appears to me that Lyft is doing much better than Uber???