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What are the best passenger pickup locations during less busy times?

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 Posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I am relatively a new UberX driver about 4 months in. I have been doing it part-time and enjoy it so far.  Planning to become full time later in the year if things continue to go well.  Also signing up for Lyft as I speak.

I noticed that it is easy to get fares during busy times, and I try to be out working during those hours.  However, the slow times seem particularly slow, and I am wondering I am not waiting in the right locations.  I have read that I should not "chase" or move around for fares, but sometimes sitting for hours does not seem like the sound thing to do. 

If you guys have advice on some good pickup locations I can sit at, please do share.


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    2096 Rider
     3 years ago

    Where to wait during downtimes is something every driver needs to eventually figure out for each local market.  This is a sign of you beoming a veteran driver!  It's the rite of passage. :)

    So, basically the question is where to wait during those slow times like mid-mornings and mid-afternoons.  You have to think about how society works and who your target should be doing those times.  Working people are at work, and students are at school.  So who is out?

    • Seniors and retirees
    • Housewives or caregivers
    • Tourists
    • People who aren't working, running errands, going to doctors', etc.

    So, What destinations are popular during the days.  They are very different from busier times.  so, try these places.

    • Hospitals
    • Grocery stores
    • Strip malls, car dealerships, etc. (every town/city has these roads)
    • Senior centers

    Notice that downtown business districts and transportation hubs are relatively empty during the day.  So, make sure to try out all these locations, and see if you have a better ping rate!  Good luck!

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    810 Driver
     3 years ago

    Download fare pilot app which can help

    usually airports, transportation hubs like train stations are good. Hotels, etc

    what market do you drive in?

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    273 Rider Driver
     3 years ago

    What city do you drive in? You can make some good money if you choose to drive on weekends or late at night at the bar scene. I personally tend to avoid airports.