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Why do all my Uber drivers drive so slow?

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Anonymous
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 Posted 1 year, 7 months ago

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I guess it isn't limited to Uber either.  Lyft, taxis, limos, ...  Don't they want to get to destinations faster so they can pick up more fares?

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    TerryIrving
    255 Driver
     11 months ago

    Rideshare drivers know 2 things that you probably don't think about. 

    One. Their license is their livelihood. Losing it could mean a missed mortgage. Also, one camera speed ticket takes all the profit from a 10-hour day. I usually simply ask a passenger who is in a hurry for $100 cash upfront. They have never paid so I don't go fast.

    Two. In a major city, all cars move at about the same speed. That leadfoot that just passed me will be waiting at the next stoplight. Roundabouts, potholes, speedbumps, everything conspires to create an average speed. I suppose it's different in different cities but it's absolutely impossible to drive Washington DC at anything above 25 MPH. That speed also means that the morons who pull out from a parking space in front of you or blow a red light are in front of you instead of in the passenger seat along with the passenger. 

    A reasonable speed (which is always below the speed limit) makes a 10 or 12 hour day relaxing and, since I make just as much money driving at a reasonable speed, I've got to think that the passengers are getting to their destinations as fast as possible. 

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      AsStibelDude
      604 Driver
       11 months ago

      Solid points, but profit loss of a 10-hour day?  How do you figure that? Isn't it more like 10 work days.

      The last time I got a ticket, I did the math and it ended up being like $1500.   Icluding the ticket and insurance costs, not to mention the time it took me to go to court. (Hey, it was worth a shot.)

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      RacRay79
      130 Driver
       11 months ago

      LOL. So true.  It happens to me at least 2 to 3 times a week, and every time I think to myself, "do they really expect me to get a ticket or lose a license for this $18 ride?

      Have you really asked for a "$100 cash upfront?"  That's awesome, but I have to ask.  a) Do people take it facetiously?  (It must depend on your delivery)  b) would you do it if someone handed you a $100 bill?  :)

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    fpressly
    4074 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    I think the question should be,  "why does everyone else go so fast?" For the most part you will find Uber drivers trying to stay around the speed limit. This is for a very good reason that which has nothing to do with what most of these other answers suggest.

    Each day, late in the afternoon Uber sends each driver a report. It is breakdown of every stop and start the driver made that day while on platform. Acceleration, deceleration and speed are all monitored by GPS by Uber. If your usage report is shabby you are warned and then fired from the platform.

    So next time your Uber driver is going the speed limit but everyone else is flying by just remember, the driver does not have the freedom to waive GPS observations.

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    Bigfrank
    394 Driver Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    It is your thinking that is slow and for that reason you think the driver is going slow. No fare is ever worth a summons under any circumstances including you at death s doorstep. 

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    sand_hanitizer
    16 Driver
     1 year ago

    They should make an express option. Driver drives like bat out of hell. Costs extra because you gotta pay for any speeding tickets incurred :)

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    Bigfrank
    394 Driver Driver Rider
     10 months ago

    Your brain is slow. Follow the yellow brick road. 

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    JudgeItoh
    176
     1 year ago

    Slow? In what comparison?  To you?

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      Bigfrank
      394 Driver Driver Rider
       11 months ago

      Lol , another stupid Uber passenger

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      Bigfrank
      394 Driver Driver Rider
       9 months ago

      Jerk off, it's scumbags like you that keeps me far away from relying on communist slave driving ride share apps .