If you drive for a TNC company and are looking for an easy way to increase income, the answer is simple: partner Uber with Lyft at the same time to maximize your rideshare earnings. Lori Allen, a rideshare enthusiast, pulls back the curtain and reveals a few insider tips on how to properly pair the two.
For a long time, we’ve seen the apparent need to make more money. Drivers are working longer hours, developing creative strategies to increase tips, and hustling harder in general. But above all, driving for both Uber and Lyft when they drive is one of the most common and effective strategies that drivers are implementing.
Does increased ride request volume appeal to you? Does decreased wait times sound nice? How about the prospect of simply increasing earnings overall? If so, then keep reading, because in today’s article, we’re going to show you how to drive for both Uber and Lyft at once.
To Partner Uber and Lyft is as Easy as 1, 2, 3
Navigating through apps like Uber and Lyft is not rocket science, and these companies know that appealing to a huge network of drivers must be simple and easy. All that is required to start doing business for both is a decent car (dated 2006 or higher, except for a few classics that Uber approves of), the proper form of insurance, a valid driver’s license and permits, and a capable and compatible smartphone with access to a stable internet connection.
Also see: How to start driving for Uber
Before drivers start driving for both companies, they should ensure that they’ve first claimed a sign-on bonus both Uber and Lyft are offering new drivers. In some cases, these bonuses can exceed $1,000! With that kind of added income, drivers can get a decent phone mount, Bluetooth headset, or really any other form of rideshare accessories that are sure to get them noticed by passengers.
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1. Make sure when you run both Uber and Lyft simultaneously, you keep Lyft open in the background. The Uber partner app logs you off when it is not on the main screen, so it’s best to keep it there.
2. Since running 2 apps at the same time drains your battery fast, you should keep a mobile power bank or car charger handy. Make it a habit to log off all social media and unnecessary apps to ensure mobile efficiency and prevent the phone from bogging down or freezing up.
Getting Ahead with Ride Request Volume
The key to increasing earnings by leveraging two apps at once is to use the apps to your advantage. Select ride requests as they come, or if 2 pop up at the same time, select the one nearest you or your destination after logging off the other app.
To avoid booking issues or accidentally accepting a request while shifting to the other app, we recommend you run only 1 app during peak hours, like bar close or rush hour after work. Switch to “passenger mode” on the other after you have completed your trip. This helps you scan the area for other rideshare drivers that might be waiting for requests in your current location.
Switch on the Smarts with these Dos and Don’ts!
- Do accept bookings closest to your location. This guarantees better fuel mileage.
- Don’t be tempted by Surge or Prime Times that are out of your way. By the time you reach the area, chances are the demand has slowed down, and you’re stuck halfway across town with no better prospects. It is not worth it.
- Do keep tabs on your rideshare expenses, and work to keep them at a minimum. Find out common expenses and tax exemptions for rideshare drivers.
- Don’t forget to pass on your referral codes every opportunity you get!
But don’t take my word for it, take a look at what Lyftzone, a popular YouTube channel with information straight from the front lines, has to say about it:
At first, driving for both Uber and Lyft may seem like a daunting task, but the more you do it, the easier it will become. Similar to riding a bike, rideshare driving is all about taking experience and lessons learned and strategically applying them to every move.
In the end, the time it takes to learn how to drive for both will be worth it, you’ll greatly increase your chances for higher ride fares, better tips, and an all around more efficient driving experience.
Do you drive for both Uber and Lyft? Have some tips that we missed? Let us know below. Read… go!