Why does it take longer for Uber drivers to arrive when I request for a long trip?
The Guru Take
Could be due to drivers not accepting the trip.
To answer your question, I should briefly explain how a rider's request is handled through the Uber apps. When a user requests an Uber vehicle, this request is forwarded to a driver nearby. This driver sees the request on the screen, and he or she has 15 seconds to a) accept, b) click on "No Thanks", and c) ignore. (to see what drivers see, click here)
Here's the thing; when a driver declines a request (option b or c), the rider-to-be is not notified. The original request automatically gets forwarded to another driver.
So what happens when your request bounces around? That's right. You may need to wait a little while until you are matched up with a driver, and this driver could be farther away geographically than those matched up first. This is the most likely reason you seem to have to wait longer for your driver to arrive.
With that said...drivers prefer longer trips, in general. So, the reason could be something else that drivers are declining OR perhaps the proposed ride is too long or out of the way. (?)