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Do Uber and Lyft drivers mind picking up another passenger if it means they have to wait 5 to 10 minutes?

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KUrlerPhi
70
 Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This is for the drivers.  Do you guys mind picking me up, and then picking up someone else up, it it meant you had to wait a few minutes?  Think the scenario.  I have a date, and I want to pick her up.  I want to arrive on an Uber, go to her door (I am a gentleman), and walk her back to the car.  

Are drivers annoyed by this? I am not saying I will wait 20 minutes for her to get ready. I just will be leaving the car to go get her.  5 minutes, maybe 10 minutes tops.

I admit that I have done this before.  Most drivers seem to be cool with it, after I explain the situation, but seem grumpy.  Let's hear it.  Legit or not legit?

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    SmittenKitten
    2004 Rider
     1 year ago

    As I read these responses, I think the answer depends on a few things:

    a) How busy the night is.  Yes, drivers do make money while driving and when the vehicle is moving.  So, if it's a busy night, they'd rather be doing that.  Some are saying, "it's better than making $0.00", but that logic only works if there aren't other passengers out there.

    b) Whether the driver drives an UberX, UberXL, UberBlack, or UberSUV.  The per minute fee is quite different between these services.  In Boston, UberX makes $0.21/minute ($12.6/hr), UberXL $0.35/minute ($21/hr), UberBlack $0.45/minute ($27/hr), and UberSUV $0.50/minute ($30/hr).  UberX drivers would be at a disadvantage and perhaps be grumpy, but UberSUV guys probably don't mind nearly as much.

    c) Location probably matters.  The per minute fee is also different from city to city.  For example, Boston UberX drivers get paid $0.21/minute but those in San Diego make $0.15/minute.  That's a big difference.  You may argue that there is a cost of living adjustment, but $0.15/minute is $9 per hour before Uber takes its cut. 

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      rectorma34
      4
       1 year ago

      Definitely depends on how busy the night is! That is always key, if it is a slow night, I do not mind at all.

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    RPaulson
    551 Driver
     1 year ago

    We are your personal driver.  What you are doing is exactly what we are hired to be doing.  In my mind, it's definitely ok to stop at a place, you tell me to wait, and you pick up someone.  and remember, we get paid for the time waiting as well.

    Some drivers get grumpy?  I don't think they are in the right profession then.  Yes, we'd make more money while driving, but we make zero while not having a customer.  We should be happy to be making money for the time spent.

    Also, when we are waiting, we don't consume fuel/gas.  So, the profit margin goes up.

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      DDominico69
      163 Driver
       1 year ago

      That "personal driver" pitch died like a decade ago.

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    BGraft89
    614 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Just tip us later, and you are good.  5 to 10 minutes is completely reasonable.

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      KUrlerPhi
      OP 70
       1 year ago

      What about 20 to 30?

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        BGraft89
        614 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        Still ok in my opinion.  

        Look, I drive an UberSUV, and get paid $0.50 a minute.  That's $30/hour, $23 even after Uber takes a cut.  That isn't a bad gig for sitting there. I usually kill my engine to save fuel, and we are good.  

        Yes, time is money for Uber drivers, but worst wasted time is bewtween rides and waiting for rides where we make $0.00 an hour.   When I am on the clock, I am always happy.  I will wait for 2 hours, if you want me to.

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          DDominico69
          163 Driver
           1 year ago

          $30/hour?  That's because you drive an expensive Escalade on UberSUV.  I drive an UberX, and I make like $6/hour.  

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    DDominico69
    163 Driver
     1 year ago

    Gosh, so many holier than thou drivers here, claiming "they would be happy to wait." Why can't we be honest?  I absolutely hate waiting around and I know many other drivers do too.

    I get whopping $0.15 a minute and that's before Uber takes its 25% cut. (Maybe it's better in other cities.) That's like $6 an hour, lower than minimum wage.  I hear other drivers saying it's better than not having a passenger, but it sucks compared to when we are driving a passenger.

    We get paid the most while driving and the vehicle moving.  On a busy night, this kils productivity and earnings.    If I sat around all night waiting for people picking up their dates, I wouldn't be able to earn a living. 

    Please just complete the trip and order another one.  That isn't that hard, right?  Booking fee is like $2 to $3.

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      AsStibelDude
      625 Driver
       1 year ago

      $0.15/minute? Wow, that's low.  Obviously an uberX, but where are you?   We get $0.21 in Boston.

      I see various driver responses here, but I think it depends on whether the driver drives a UberX/XL vs. UberBlack/SUV.  The per minute rate differs significantly.

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    DonutDrivers
    246 Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    Just COMPLETE the ride and call a new Uber. I don't think your date really cares if it's Steve or John waiting in the car.  The base fare is like $3.  If it takes you 10 minutes to pick her up, you already spent that on wait time.  Let the driver go make his money.  Why punish the unlucky guy who picked you up.

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    drivenmad
    128
     1 year ago

    If the pax is nice, I don't mind. Usually I can get a decent tip out of it.

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    bellylaugh
    39 Rider
     1 year ago

    I have done it before and the driver has never seemed to mind. People hate on Uber drivers but I have always gotten really nice people.

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    breakingbread
    234 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I would rather be driving, when I am driving I make the minute rate plus the per mile rate. If you want me to wait for you while you run errands I expect a good tip to make up for my lost wages.

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    WWBlueStuff
    267 Driver
     1 year ago

    As long as you let me know how long it will be and you show some appreciation, no problem.

    Oh, in case you are wondering if we would just end the ride and drive off?  (like cabbies used to?)  No, that wouldn't happen with Ubers because you'd give us a bad rating!  :)

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    RacRay79
    138 Driver
     1 year ago

    As long as you let us know of your plans and show some respect, we will be happy to wait. Maybe a quick mention of a tip too.  (or just tip us later.  We dont' make much while sitting there.)

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      uber driver texas
      10
       1 year ago

      I don't think the girl will care if you wait in the car, just add a stop to the trip. You can easily add a stop right through your Uber and Lyft ride, and then the girl will have 2 minutes to come outside.