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Philadelphia, Bucks, New Jersey Drivers anyone drive for Lyft?

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momof4
8199 Rider Driver
 Posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I signed up with Lyft back in June. I did 12 rides and stopped as pick ups were more than 10 min away 8 were rides under 7.00. I had 2 rides that wete 12.00. I put app on last night same thing. 2 rides both under 6.00. Is this the norm with Lyft? Just wondering if I should ignore request unless they are 45 min or longer. Does lyft tell you if its a long trip like Uber? Also Lyft keeps telling me about my acceptance rate. Do O need to worry about that?

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    LG-PA
    810 Driver
     3 years ago

    Hi, I drive for Lyft (based in lower bucks)

    You definitely want both apps up.

    Yes, lyft tells you about 45 min plus rides via big pink banner which is actually much more visible than the Uber's version. Lyft Shared pays drivers same as Lyft regular, unlike Uber pool where we take a financial hit for doing more work.

    since I started 2 years ago I did 8 Uber rides to 2 Lyfts, now if flipped where I do more Lyft rides than Uber.

    Lyft passengers tend to be better tippers. Destination filters do not work as good, but you have 6 on Lyft, though they expire every 20 minutes if you have no passengers.

    However, if you have destination filter set on Lyft and it is far, Lyft will even alert you about 45 + min ride on the destination filter where Uber does not, at least from my experience (using Uber's destination filter)

    As far as Lyft's acceptance rate messages go you need to text word STOP to 46080, then send number 2 back to that number after their response. This will stop messages from Lyft about acceptance rate.

    Good luck

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      momof4
      OP 8199 Rider Driver
       3 years ago

      LG PA your advice paid off last night after 15 rides under 7.00, 3 under 14.00. Had a ping for Lyft XL 45+ 8 min away. Get to pick up 2 very nice men missed train to NY and they had a concert to get to. Unfortunately didnt think I would have enough gas.  They were understanding when I said I needed to stop (actually would've just made it) better to be safe. Nothing would've been worse waiting for AAA to bring gas lol.  The last thing I expected on a Tuesday night at 9pm was a ride to Brooklyn. Traffic was awful even at that time of night. A few lessons learned last night 1. tolls after Bensalem cannot be pd by Debit card even though the toll booth says "full service" at least when heading to NY.  Had just enough cash. 2. Make sure (if you smoke) to have an emergency pack of cigs as they 13.00 in NY. 3. Dont drink 48oz. of tea without stopping to use rest room as you never know when 45+ will come up, 4. Not easy finding a restroom in NY at 10:15pm. 5. Traffic is insane 6…

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      LG PA your advice paid off last night after 15 rides under 7.00, 3 under 14.00. Had a ping for Lyft XL 45+ 8 min away. Get to pick up 2 very nice men missed train to NY and they had a concert to get to. Unfortunately didnt think I would have enough gas.  They were understanding when I said I needed to stop (actually would've just made it) better to be safe. Nothing would've been worse waiting for AAA to bring gas lol.  The last thing I expected on a Tuesday night at 9pm was a ride to Brooklyn. Traffic was awful even at that time of night. A few lessons learned last night 1. tolls after Bensalem cannot be pd by Debit card even though the toll booth says "full service" at least when heading to NY.  Had just enough cash. 2. Make sure (if you smoke) to have an emergency pack of cigs as they 13.00 in NY. 3. Dont drink 48oz. of tea without stopping to use rest room as you never know when 45+ will come up, 4. Not easy finding a restroom in NY at 10:15pm. 5. Traffic is insane 6. I see why they capped the amt of drivers as I seen more taxi's than I've seen in my entire life. Any long trip I've had was early afternoon when just getting on road.. Definately need to be more prepared at any time of day or night. Got the men to their destination in a reasonable amt of time despite traffic. Was pd. 158.00 + tolls, 45.00 tip, took a different way back. It added 20 min but toll was only 6.85. Saved 17.85 in tolls. Lyft did pay my tolls both ways. Didnt understand why I got a ride request for Lyft in New York right before I finished my ride. Didnt think we could drive there. I didnt accept it as I would never drive in NY other than a drop off. You couldnt pay me enough. Lol

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        LG-PA
        810 Driver
         3 years ago

        Excellent!

        sounds like it is time to get EZpass

        i net it was JayZ/Beyoncé concert. I drove one of that concert organizers Monday night from Trenton Train station to Newtown.

        i hate going to NY (especially to Brooklyn/JFK) as then it is almost 45 minutes to get out of NY if want to go free via one of the tunnels, otherwise on hook for expensive Verrazano bridge.

        i am surprised you got tolls covered both ways as typically you get about $20 worth of tolls.

        always have enough gas to cover 150 miles ;)

        you got a ping on Lyft within NY? I never get them on Uber or Lyft in NY (uber even has red banner on screen that car is not registered to pickup in NY) I would love to grab passengers on way from Ny on destination filter back to NJ/PA.

        on way back you should have hung out by Newark airport with Lyft destination filter on to PA and could have grabbed someone to at least Princeton, works 3 out of 5 times ;)

        how are you always getting great tips from passengers, I need to learn that from you lol

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          momof4
          OP 8199 Rider Driver
           3 years ago

          It was a rap concert with many different rappers. I am assuming there were many ride request as venue was packed. I didnt have Uber app on but had another trip into New York also had a request while on Uber. I was thinking the same thing about airport but not sure if I could pick up or what "rules" of that airport is. I was paid 42.00 for tolls. My bigger tips seem to come from having conversations with riders, playing music they like or allowing them to play theirs, and allowing people to smoke. I have You Tube Red $10.00 per mth (had prior to driving for Uber) I create play list of one hit wonders, 50's to 70's, 80''s, rap & younger crowd's music, metal, and popular rock music. I smoke as you now know so dont mind people smoking. Most dont ask but the few that have always tip. I use a spray called Blunt Effects takes any odor away in 30 seconds.  Haven't found an odor yet it dont take away. Seven out of 10 riders when they get in remark how great my car smells. Only con is …

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          It was a rap concert with many different rappers. I am assuming there were many ride request as venue was packed. I didnt have Uber app on but had another trip into New York also had a request while on Uber. I was thinking the same thing about airport but not sure if I could pick up or what "rules" of that airport is. I was paid 42.00 for tolls. My bigger tips seem to come from having conversations with riders, playing music they like or allowing them to play theirs, and allowing people to smoke. I have You Tube Red $10.00 per mth (had prior to driving for Uber) I create play list of one hit wonders, 50's to 70's, 80''s, rap & younger crowd's music, metal, and popular rock music. I smoke as you now know so dont mind people smoking. Most dont ask but the few that have always tip. I use a spray called Blunt Effects takes any odor away in 30 seconds.  Haven't found an odor yet it dont take away. Seven out of 10 riders when they get in remark how great my car smells. Only con is its very oily.  I bought cheap car mats and spray on them. You only need a squirt or 2 before driving as some of the scents are very strong. If someone smokes quick spray.  Pick up a non smoking rider 3 min later, they never know. Conversation and music seem to be the reasons for most big tips. I never disagree although sometimes I would love to. Lol I let them do most of the talking especially the ones that love to talk. I offer advice if asked if not I keep my advice to myself.  Music seems to be a great topic almost all people enjoy music. You Tube Red definately pays off as I can put any song a rider can think of on (no limitations). I think it may even be a tax write off if I am not mistaken. You keep giving me driving tips. In/outs, good spots, and I'll try to give tips to get big tips. Lol Lesson learned on gas even slow nights. When I drive my Ford Focus always had gas 36.00 to fill. Pilot is 60.00 to fill. Never letting it go under 1/2 of tank again. I lost a 45+ Uber X at 5:45 am this morning in Newtown. Had put 20.00 in after New York but did a few trips and did favor for friend. Had a request across the street that took me to Newtown. Was supposed to be my last trip. Then that 45+ came in. I would've taken it but no close gas stations up there. Gas prices are also high up their. Shell station near Oxford Valley 3.39.   If you are ever in neighborhood of Knights and Frankford stop at Sunoco. I sit there waiting for rides (black Honda Pilot). Busy spot as it sits me between Philly and Bensalem. When I see Uber drivers come in to get gas, drinks, etc i sometimes talk to them. I wonder if it anyone I talk to on here that drive in our areas. Lol Obviously I never ask the people. Sorry yet again for the long drawn out advice but wanted to share as you always give me great advice. Sure you can tell I talk to my riders as I never shut up when posting. Lol There is one other guy on here who also drives in Bucks that gives me good advice. Grateful for both of your tips. 😊

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      momof4
      OP 8199 Rider Driver
       3 years ago

      Thank you for the info. Greatly appreciated.

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        LG-PA
        810 Driver
         3 years ago

        Sounds good!

        thank you for the tips 

        By the way, start filling up in NJ if rides take you that way, their gas is cheaper ;)

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          momof4
          OP 8199 Rider Driver
           3 years ago

          Anytime I go into Jersey I fill up. Thanks.  My nephew works for Giant usually twice a month i get .30 to .70 off a gallon.