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Should we drive during the government shutdown?

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1602 Rider Driver
 Posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I've seen numerous posts about how dead it is out there - which based on 3 plus years experience is pretty typical for January.  BUT, this year we also have the government shutdown, and I just noticed that an article by "The Rideshare Guy" suggests that part time drivers are probably better off staying home until the government returns to normal and workers are once again not only going to work, but receiving a paycheck!

How do you feel and what are you experiencing this January?  If you're like myself, I haven't driven this year.  I can see from the app's there's an abundance of drivers everywhere, and very little demand.

What are you finding?


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    189 Driver
     5 years ago

    Well, here’s a thought.  What if those government workers currently affected by the gov’t shutdown are starting to drive For Uber and Lyft?!!  That’d blow up the supply and we will all be doomed!!

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    447 Rider Driver Driver
     5 years ago

    Well maybe the prisoners would like to drive  for Uber too .Wait till rates in NYC gets jacked up on February first  and what will 100,000 cars do then ???  

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    422 Rider Driver
     5 years ago

    It has been slow but like you said it's normal for January. Other than that it doesn't seem slower than normal for me. The shutdown sucks but it's only 800k people out of like 150 million workers. Keep driving. Then again I'm not really part time so maybe I am not the target audience of that article.

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    1072 Rider Driver
     5 years ago

    It's hard to find sympathy for out of work government workers that, on average, make much more than the average driver, and who will get back pay and resume making more money in a few weeks.  Drivers don't have half their resources, so why feel sorry for the government workers?  


    Has this year been bad?  On average, I make approx $200-225 during a 6 hr shift.  This week I've averaged  $170-$180.  Not a bank busting loss, but a loss nonetheless.  

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    86 Driver
     5 years ago

    It’s a gig economy. You work when you wanna. Doesn’t change anything for me. 

    I did hear that the drivers are hurting in places like DC, Albany, and Sacramento where the government has big presence.