Drivers and Riders of Uber, Lyft, etc...
The most frequently asked question passengers ask me is "What is your craziest, scariest, or most funny Uber story? I thought I would share some of my stories here. The good, the bad, and the ugly! Names have been changed to protect the innocent, the drunk, the mean, and the crazy Uber/Lyft riders.
Uber/Lyft drivers I would love to hear some of your stories/experience while driving. Please feel free to share.
Uber/Lyft Riders please feel free to share your stories about your experiences with drivers.
August 3rd. I pickup 3 ladies in their …
Please do share. Remember when some dude died after getting kicked off Lyft? I can't help it to think he did something to be kicked out, you know?
Lyft Passenger Killed in Fatal Hit-and-Run on Freeway After Driver Demands He Exits Vehiclehttps://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Lyft-Passenger-Killed-in-Fatal-Hit-and-Run-on-Freeway-473302203.html
I'll be the first to tell you mechanics do not have a stellar reputation when it come to diagnosing and quoting costs on repairs.
My biggest lie just happened last week. I just bought a motorcycle and took it to a local mechanic to get a back tire, oil change and investigate a small oil leak. I took all the parts and tire in with me. The following week the mechanic called and told me that the oil leak was the “neutral switch’ and would cost $250 to fix ($200 LABOR AND $50 PARTS). He also told me it would …
I didn't learn to drive until I was 22. A year later I was behind the wheel of a cab. That's not how it's usually done in America. Most kids couldn't wait to turn 16 and get their learner's permit. Driving has been sold as freedom in this country ever since the advent of the automobile but it's slowly starting to change. And that's a very good thing.
Growing up in a city with public transportation, learning to drive never crossed my mind. A train, bus, bike or—most often—my own two feet could get me anywhere I wanted to go. …
Are they getting desperate? It's a total deflection tactic. Trying to shift the blame away from their technology but the answer is even more pathetic. "We forgot we turned it off." I mean, someone has to explain the "why".
Let the blame game begin! Aptiv vs. Uber.
"Uber Technologies, Inc. disabled the standard collision-avoidance technology in the Volvo SUV that struck and killed a woman in Arizona last week, according to the auto-parts maker that supplied the vehicle’s radar and camera.
“We don’t want people to be confused or think it was a failure of the technology that we …
I figured this would be the case. With the introduction of upfront pricing, Uber can charge customers anything they want. They will ask for any amount riders are willing to pay. I have heard cases where during the hours when the business users are out, the overall fare goes up. Trips to and from airports? You guessed it. It'll go up because people are willing to pay.
All the cheap Uber fares that we have gotten accustomed to are about to go out the window. Regulators and law makers who shoved the taxis out. Are you happy now? What about …
Thisn't for the faint of heart. Five "popular" passenger scams that drivers need to watch out for. Have you experienced any of these?
If you are a passenger, don't get any ideas. Uber and Lyft are putting more and more countermeasures in place, and drivers are quick to catch on.
(source: RSG - The Rideshare Guy)
1) Dropping the Pin Outside of a Surge Zone
It didn’t take long for passengers to figure out this one. Since surge and prime time zones are very localized, one street could be 2x and another could be 1.5x or even regular pricing. What …
We've all had it happen. You get pinged to a rough part of town. You pick up two riders with sunglasses, hoodies, baggy pants and ballcaps. Before the end of the block I hear the app tone for a route change and a scheduled stop. We don't stop at a "place", we stop on the corner at the intersection of two streets. Before it's over with, we've stopped at six places and stayed no longer than it took to walk in and walk out. By now you've figured out they are not delivering free lunches to the needy. Given the …
When Uber first began, it made the ride “all inclusive”. In fact they made great effort to tell people they didn’t have to tip. Fast forward years later, when the greed of Uber/Lyft and their distribution of the ride share monies became so dismal, first Lyft then Uber added the tipping to the app. It was an effort to give the driver more money without it taking from their revenue.
I don’t know why people are so hesitant and chintzy when it come to tipping Uber/Lyft drivers. They willingly tip taxis, hairdressers, restaurant wait staff, doormen, ushers, pool guys, delivery …
A Passenger from Heck Story
I was finishing out Sunday night in my usual panic to make the 65-ride bonus. Since I can't drive faster, this means taking Pool Rides.
I didn't use to mind Uber Pool. They were nice people, deserved a break, and I could make back the loss with a full car and a lot of stops. ExpressPool has ruined all that. Take a look at my entry on Quora.com for my feelings about ExpressPool but it's made me refuse all pools as a general rule.
But Sunday evening isn't normal when you still need 7 rides …
This is good, right? Combatting sleepy and overworked drivers.
"Uber has added a feature that will force a six-hour offline break whenever a driver on its platform reaches 12 hours of driving time. The feature is similar to one that Uber has in place in a few markets already around the U.S., which differs depending on local regulations, but this will apply across the U.S., and fully block use of the driver app for accepting trips during the six-hour period when it becomes active."
"Uber’s decision to roll this out was made as a response to the problem of drowsy …
Is that legit? or better yet, legal? I am not breaking the terms of using the Uber account as I am the one with the account and credite card. I have three children and I'd love to utilize Uber or Lyft. Safe too.
Here's what I did to pass the time between fares during my cab career.
Most of these were done at O'Hare Airport in the Taxi Staging Area in 2009.
Here's one done at the Yellow Taxi Garage, where I spent many hours, sometimes days, waiting to get a cab to drive.
You can see the whole series here: http://www.dmitrysamarov.com/gallery/taxi_pictures/index.html.
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Driver from hell? Complaints or suggestions for Uber and Lyft? Glaring problem with the industry? Do you have stories of your horrible experiences with rideshare services? Leave your comments here and share your stories.
Passengers from hell? Complaints or suggestions for Uber and Lyft? Glaring problem with the industry? Do you have stories of your horrible experiences with rideshare services? Leave your comments here and share your stories.