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Found a Unicorn—A rideshare driver who listens to passengers' directions (though only as a the last resort.)

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Samarov
1431 Rider
 Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Yesterday, my friend Kelly texted me asking for some help moving boxes. Her place is across town and it was about to storm, so she offered to send a Lyft to pick me up. When the dumpy Mazda showed up at my corner, the female driver eyed me suspiciously until I knocked on the passenger window to make sure she was my ride. "You're not Kelly," she said, still looking at me funny. I explained that Kelly had ordered the car for me. She hesitated a few more seconds, then unlocked the back door so I could get in.

Unlike every other rideshare I've ever been in, this driver asked about which way to go. She explained that the GPS on the Lyft app kept going down and that she wasn't familiar with this neighborhood. After struggling with her phone for a bit, she resigned to having me direct her. She told me she'd only been driving about three months and that she'd come from a far south suburb to pick me up. "A lot of the time I lose money just paying for all the gas driving to and from the city," she said.

A quarter of the way into the ride it was very clear to me that she had no idea about the geography of Chicago. We were traveling north on Ashland Avenue—one of the city's major thoroughfares—but it was a brand-new street to her. She complained a lot about other rideshare drivers, especially foreign ones, not knowing a left turn from a right while barely knowing much more than that herself. All the while the nav system occasionally squawked wrong directions which she did her best to ignore.

I never told her I used to be a cabbie. Why make her feel even more clueless than she already knew she was. I wished her well when she dropped me off and quietly mourned the dying profession I was once part of.

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    LG-PA
    810 Driver
     1 year ago

    I sometimes ask passengers to direct me when I first start out after picking them up. Because GPS does not always know which way my car is facing when passengers climb in it occasionally tells me to go one way only to recalculate and have me turn around 200 feet after starting to drive ;) not to look like an idiot I always ask if we should go right or left from where we start (when it is not obvious) then once GPS figures out how to go usually 20 seconds later I politely tell passenger that we are good now. Some passengers though continue to direct me though I am following GPS, and I just let them go on so they feel like they are helping lol

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    mariyama
    12
     1 year ago

    Did you ever use nav back when you were a cabbie?

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      Samarov
      OP 1431 Rider
       1 year ago

      Not a single time.

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        mariyama
        12
         1 year ago

        Oh my, so you literally know every road in Chicago? How many times did people want to go to obscure places that you weren't sure how to get to?

        disclaimer: I rely on my GPS...

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          Samarov
          OP 1431 Rider
           1 year ago

          I had a street guide I could consult. Chicago's a grid, so as long as you know how to count you won't get that lost.