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Why does it take longer for Uber drivers to arrive when I request for a long trip?

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 Posted 5 years, 11 months ago

The Guru Take


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     5 years ago

    That's a nice guru response. At first when I read this question, I laughed at how stupid it was, but I suppose that can happen.

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     5 years ago

    It could have to do with the area you are in and the number of drivers available to pick you up. Sometimes I find that there are areas where it takes longer to get matched up because I'm not in a very busy area and it will take someone longer to get to me. 

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     5 years ago

    No, there really shouldn't be any reason.  Uber doesn't make such distinction. The request goes to the closest driver, and the driver picks it up.  These exchanges are in real-time.  I don't think there is any benefit to Uber doing something like this. 

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     5 years ago

    Define "long trip."  Drivers may be hesitent to accept your ride request for many reasons, like time to your destination and back, existing personal commitments outside of driving, and earning potential working special events, etc. 

    I occassionally get ride requests that take me 100+ miles from home, but even though I may earn a decent fare taking someone there, I also have a 100+ mile drive home during which I'm burning my own gas and earning ZERO compensation.  Had I declined the 200 mile (roundtrip) ride that took 4 hrs, I could very well have taken a dozen surged rides and made more money. 

    Sometimes I also get unexpected long trip requests that I just can't accept, like two weeks ago when I got a request that conflicted with a critical doctors appointment.  Not ideal, but sometimes our personal lives need to come before potential earnings.