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Do Uber and Lyft drivers drive faster than the average person?

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 Posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Are they just like those crazy taxi drivers.


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    135 Rider
     4 years ago

    Not in my experience... though perhaps you get a little more aggressive naturally if you are driving everyday.

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    207 Driver
     4 years ago

    There has to be a multi part answer to this. Some Uber/Lyft drivers drive like absolute maniacs like they are in a video game... Mostly when jockeying for positions to get to the airport from the lot... they can be extremely dangerous. So there is Driving with out passengers in the car and driving with passengers in the car. I believe that most (more than 50% do not drive faster than traffic when there are passengers in the car. A larger percentage drive too fast when there is no one else in the car. Frankly... I have confirmed that there is nothing to be gained by going well over the speed limit. The tickets are not worth it... or potential damages to the car. Passengers just want to get there safe. They are not looking for you to break the sound barrier to get there. Pax have told me of drivers speeding and they do not like it. Even when I drive a few miles over to keep pace with the other cars, I ask them if it would make them feel uncomfortable first. I mean, the whole point is to give them a comfortable ride and feel as safe as possible.

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    189 Driver
     4 years ago

    No. If anything, slower. 

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    457 Driver Driver
     4 years ago

    Not sure where you get this idea. I am a driver and I don't speed.  Think about it.  It's a waste of gas and it's a risk of getting a ticket. Absolutely no positive things come out of our speeding. (maybe except a higher chance of tip?  Arguable)

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      179 Driver Driver
       4 years ago

      I used to drive taxis and I know they have a bad rep for driving too fast and weaving through traffic. This perception comes from NYC and city drivers where the quantity of the rides given actually matters and translates to increased income.  More distance you cover, more passengers you drive, more money you make.  Plain simple.

      Remember, in cities, you are giving 5 to 10 minute rides everywhere, and you rely on frequency of the rides. You want to knock them out fast so you can go on the next. You also compete with other drivers.  

      Ironically, I hated the time we have passengers in the car, because those are the times we have to drive past the hails (customers) and I felt like I was passing up opportunities. The game becomes about catching customers. It's a wild wild hunting atmosphere.