When you think about rideshare, you might think about the mobile apps that you use to hail a ride. But what really makes rideshare work is a community of drivers and users who come together to make one of the most interesting and exciting new phenomenons of this technological age. Part of that community is made up of websites like my own, or other sites in the community like Ride.Guru.
What is RideGuru? A rideshare search engine and a community forum
Ride.Guru has a few big features worth checking out. One of the main tools on the site is a powerful search engine that compares rideshare, taxi, and limousine prices for any type of trip. All you have to do is enter your pickup and drop-off locations to see a massive array of options, ranging from Uber, Lyft, and taxis, to rideshare services you may not have heard of before like HopSkipDrive or Blacklane.
RideGuru also has a forum with an active community of rideshare drivers, rideshare passengers, taxi drivers, and industry experts who use the forum to talk about all things rideshare. Topics range from the practical and useful, to fun, interesting, and scandalous.
I personally like to visit the forum to answer common questions people have about rideshare because all too often some of the most fundamental questions go unanswered, which is a big barrier to entering the community as either a driver or a passenger.
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Some of my favorite forum threads at RideGuru
Now that I’ve been a contributor over at the RideGuru forums for awhile, I’ve picked out a few of the best threads that show why it’s worth checking out and throwing in your own 2 cents.
Drivers share practical advice
Most people see cars with Uber and Lyft stickers driving around and hear crazy stories on the news about rides gone wrong, but most people don’t really know what is it’s like to be a driver. The RideGuru forum is a great way to find out what the reality is for drivers and passengers. Passengers can ask drivers questions directly on the Hey Drivers forum.
“Sometimes it seems obvious what to do if you’re in an accident, but when it happens you may be stunned, confused, and even injured. It’s important to know ahead of time the best practices so you come out on top. We put together a step by step list to make it easy.
- Call the Police. It’s one of the first questions we ask drivers when they call us after an accident: “Did you file a police report?”. This is very important because if it wasn’t your fault, now you have written proof.
- Be Polite but don’t admit fault. If it turns out it wasn’t your fault, the other drivers involved in the accident can use that against you.
- Don’t move your vehicle unless told to do so.
Drivers share their best stories
You might imagine that a driver working with the public day in and day out, sometimes at all hours of the days, will have some interesting stories. Not surprisingly, RideGuru has a ton of threads with great stories in them.
“I’ve had them ask my name. I give it to them, but then immediately ask them their name. If they answer incorrectly, I then ask them the name on the account that ordered the ride. If they weren’t able to answer that I would tell them – sorry, this is not your Uber. Fortunately that situation hasn’t occurred recently.
But I have had several instances while sitting at a drinking establishment at closing time where ladies would walk up and get in my car “thinking” it was their Uber or in 2 cases, they thought it was their friend and after looking at my face (after getting in and sitting down) usually followed by an “Oh sh**, this is the wrong car”.. LOL”
How much do drivers earn, and why drive if earnings aren’t great?
Income can be unpredictable when you’re a rideshare driver, and even figuring out your true income is a much bigger challenge as a driver. Drivers on the forum share lots of info about their earnings, how to figure out your own earnings, and how to improve.
“Ahhhhhh I always love this question! It’s kind of like Scrooge McDuck asking “Why don’t you just stop being so poor!?”
For starters, most of us don’t lose money. On average, we probably make about minimum wage. This changes city-by-city, by car, by driver, etc.
Perhaps most importantly though, is that some people need cash TODAY. They need it for rent, for medicine, food, or perhaps a suit for a job interview. Most of the money “lost” while driving for Uber comes in the form of depreciation on our cars. So even though a driver may know they’re losing money in the long run, they also know they can prevent a calamity TODAY by driving some more and extracting the equity from their car.
Secondly, most people actually do quit driving. In fact, according to page 10 of this Uber-partnered study, 68.1% of brand new drivers will quit in just 6 months!
But again, many of us drivers are just stuck for n…”
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