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Drivers. Is it acceptable to call an Uber or Lyft to drive me a few blocks (say less than a mile) so I can get home safely?

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CSSchwaller
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 Posted 4 months ago

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"Safety" entails not having to walk in the dark, female walking alone, or trying to get home when under the influence.

Yes, this is a serious question. I am asking because I heard drivers really hate short drivers. I am asking whether this is socially acceptable and whether the drivers mind.

Yes, I am a female, but the question is regardless of it.

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    Uberserge
    1230 Rider Driver
     4 months ago
    The average Uber ride in the USA is around 7 miles. So shorties are something we’re used to. That’s why I don’t drive more than 5 minutes or 1.5 miles to pick someone up. Imagine, if a driver drove 15 minutes to go half a mile. There’s no such thing as socially acceptable, rider is paying and driver is making only $2.62 for all that work but it is what it is.
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      RedANT
      1072 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      7 mile average?  Where did you get that number from, because I average 22 miles per run.  

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        bBerman81
        268 Rider
         4 months ago

        22 seems high, but I drive in the city. Most are 3~5 miles. Then again, I am in Manhattan.

        Some NJ trips can be 30+ miles, sure.

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        Uberserge
        1230 Rider Driver
         4 months ago

        That's from their pre IPO S-1, check it out, it's about 300 pages long. This is an average of all rides on the platform, not your average.

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      CSSchwaller
      OP 20
       4 months ago

      I didn't really think of the pickup length. I incorrectly assumed they’d all be about the same. So you are saying if it’s a long drive to pick up a passenger, you’d lose money.

      That’s nice that you see the how long it takes for pickup, but you don’t see the destination and how long the actual ride is. I have to say there seems to be some weird disconnect here. 

      For example, I’d like to be considerate of the driver’s time, but I don’t have a say in how far the drivers are when I need a ride.  

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        1230 Rider Driver
         4 months ago

        That's exactly I don't accept any rides with more than 5 minute pick-up since I don't kniw what the destination is. Set your rules, treat rideshare as a business instead of public service.

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    momof4
    8115 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    I will be totally honest. As a driver yes I hate driving 10/20 min to take someone up the road less than 2 miles for 3.45. I hate driving 5 min away to drive someone less than 2 miles up the road.  However its all part of the job. You get good trips and you get bad ones. Like any other job there is always some part of a job you dont like. If its a female, bad weather, or a drunk person I would much rather take the crappy rate than have them walk (most people:). There are nights I see these younger girls walking on dark roads by themselves. Sometimes I just want to pull over and pick them up and give them a ride just to get them off the streets. Of course they would think I am crazy so I dont:) If you are taking a short ride and your driver is coming more than 5/6 min away consider tipping them even if its $2.  

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      CSSchwaller
      20
       4 months ago

      Right, I understand, but the users don't know that you'd be driving 10~20 minutes to pick us up, you know? I feel like the fault lies on no one for a case like this.

      Well, I suppose I can make the request and let it bounce around many drivers like it's a hot potato.  Someone will pick me up, right?

      Also, how often do you get a ~20 minute pickups? Is that common? or are you talking a rare case?

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        momof4
        8115 Rider Driver
         4 months ago

        The app tells you how how many min until driver gets to your pick up location therefore you do know:) No there is no need to do that:) Like I said it stinks when you drive 15/20 min to get rider & your fare is 3.45. Unfortunately its part of the job sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. The 15/20 min to get to rider just cost me that in gas not to mention oil, miles on car, etc.... How would you feel if your employer said to clock in at 7am but you are not getting paid until 720? I get it its not the passengers fault there is no car in the area. Uber and Lyft should charge a minimum of 5.00. I dont get annoyed with the rider its Uber & Lyft. Mainly Lyft. Uber will pay us on long pick ups. In my market the threshold is anything over 10 min. After 10 min we start getting paid. If you are 20 min away, 7/8 miles Uber will pay driver about 9.50. Lyft gives us nothing. Lyft just started testing this. Unfortunately they are paying for long pick ups but they lowered rate...

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        The app tells you how how many min until driver gets to your pick up location therefore you do know:) No there is no need to do that:) Like I said it stinks when you drive 15/20 min to get rider & your fare is 3.45. Unfortunately its part of the job sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. The 15/20 min to get to rider just cost me that in gas not to mention oil, miles on car, etc.... How would you feel if your employer said to clock in at 7am but you are not getting paid until 720? I get it its not the passengers fault there is no car in the area. Uber and Lyft should charge a minimum of 5.00. I dont get annoyed with the rider its Uber & Lyft. Mainly Lyft. Uber will pay us on long pick ups. In my market the threshold is anything over 10 min. After 10 min we start getting paid. If you are 20 min away, 7/8 miles Uber will pay driver about 9.50. Lyft gives us nothing. Lyft just started testing this. Unfortunately they are paying for long pick ups but they lowered rates for drivers. So technically they didnt give us squat. Lyft is notorious for pick ups being 15/25 min away on top of it being a long pick up it will also be a shared ride. Most veteran drivers decline long pick ups unless they are have a promotion, bonus, quest, or want to maintain a certain acceptance rate. Just being honest,  these long pick ups end up costing us money or breaking even. Again not riders fault. It would be nice if riders would take this into consideration and tip a few dollars. Your paying $6 for the ride throw the driver $2/$3 assuming there was no issues. Trust me a few drivers declined the trip all ready if its that far but someone was nice enough to come pick the rider up:) Uber and Lyft definately need to change some things.  

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    cheesehead
    519 Driver Rider
     4 months ago

    Leave a good tip and you're fine 😁 😁 😁

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    DrivenHalfCrazy
    1
     4 months ago

    Absolutely yes.  I'm motivated by providing a service...a safe, affordable ride.  Some days it looks like I MADE money and other days not so much;) I like to be busy and give back-to-back rides whether short or long.

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      CSSchwaller
      OP 20
       4 months ago

      You are a good sport, and thanks!

      Back to my original question though. Do you really lose money on short trips despite the initial booking fee? How is that possible? Isn’t there an issue with Uber pricing if that’s really the case?

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      Uberserge
      1230 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      You must be a newbie or really think this is public service, good for you.

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    RedANT
    1072 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    If I get pinged to drive 8 minutes to pick you up, wait 4 minutes for you to get in the car, and spend 3 minutes to drive you to your destination, I just spent 15 minutes + gas money (which is still $3.25 /gal) to make $2.62.

    Assuming I could do three of those runs per hour, (not likely)  I'd be making $7.86, use $3.25 in gas, leaving me with $4.61 per hour to pay for my car payment, car insurance, mortgage, vehicle maintenance and feed my family.  Considering that McDonalds in this city starts at $15 /hr, I'd effectively be working for less that 1/3 of what fast food workers make.  

    WOULD YOU WORK FOR THAT?

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      CSSchwaller
      OP 20
       4 months ago

      😔 No, I wouldn't.  and this is what I suspected and the reason I asked.

      Thanks for the math though. Speaking safety, I may still make the requests and hopefully bored drivers will pick me up. I will just make sure to tip a bit more!😅 

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    rectorma34
    4
     4 months ago

    I have done it before. You will have to pay a minimum fare so it might seem more expensive than you would figure for a super short ride but I believe driver's are happy to do it.

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      1230 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      What driver would be happy to drive for at least 15 minutes including to pick up and get life changing $2.62?

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    breakingbread
    234 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    Ya, this is pretty normal so your good. Just remember to still tip :)

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    joeyj
    426 Driver Rider
     4 months ago

    Happens all the time. Don't worry about it. As someone else said, if you feel weird about it, you can fix that with a nice tip.

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    1230 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    Don't they have scooters or e-bikes in your town? Take one of those, spare the torture on your driver.