What do you think about soliciting compensation for Dead Leg returns on long trips?
For those who do not know "Dead Legs" are return trips from long rides with out a passenger to pay for the trip. And they can eat up any profits quickly.
If one goes out of state by about an hour or more, the Uber Ap will not allow us to pick up passengers. (Lyft too... I believe.)
Even in the same state, the likelyhood of getting a passenger home is very unlikely.
(Especially because no airport queue will allow you to use destination mode... even if out of town.)
1) While I do not like soliciting tips, I have asked riders to leave a considerable tip to at least pay for the gas on the way back... and explained that I cannot get riders at the destination. (I always let them know if they have a person needing a return trip, that it is not necessary.)
2) Another driver said he asks them to keep the meeter running to a destination half way back. (which seems to me to be more expensive to the rider.)
For the first option, several have agreed, then stiffed me. (Despite them seeming very pleased with the ride.)
Do you have any advice to offer that is considered appropriate?
I drove someone 1 hr and 52 min away, they agreed to the terms before we left the airport. It took me 3 hrs to get back to town and I did not get a passenger until the last 15 minutes of the trip. The passenger stiffed me.
I have considered not leaving the destination until a tip is entered... but to be honest, that sounds like it could be percieved as threatening.
It does not suprise me that no one wants to touch this one.