Why don't you see more female Uber and Lyft drivers and how would you encourage more women to become one?
The Guru Take
More females are driving as rideshare drivers. Safety a top concern.
The great news is that there is an upward trend of female drivers signing up for rideshare services. Traditional taxi drivers were overwhelming male (London Black Cabs claim 98% make), but recent research mentions 14~19% of Uber drivers being female. (source 1, source 2) These numbers will only improve as Uber has mentioned that 30% of new applications are from women.
The primary reason for this trend must be the safety. With rideshare services:
- Drivers have flexible hours that allow them to choose safer times of the day.
- There are no cash transactions.
- Every trip is tracked by GPS.
- Riders aren't strangers, as their identity is attached to every request through an Uber account and a method of payment.
While the above are not foolproof, they have given comfort and confidence to many more female drivers.
Below are some relevant RideGuru articles on female drivers. The safety concern is on the mind of every female driver (and those who are considering).