Mapping Out Your Shift as a Rideshare Driver


In this video, Sam gives us some great advice about planning and mapping our your driving before you head out for some night time driving.  He adises us to map out your night so you won’t be driving blind.

We should always check the schedule of events in our city and know what’s going on in town before we head out at night.

An elite driver is going to schedule his night down to the minute.  At least as much as you can.  It’s good to write out a detailed schedule although you know in real life – it will never go as you had planned.  But the process of writing it down first of all, forces you to think things through before you head out.  It forces you to check what events are going on.  It forces you to think about what you’re doing and put a little game into it!

Sam does it like this:

In the screenshot above, Sam shows us how he planned out one of his nights for driving.  There was a Twins game starting at 6:10 P.M., a United Soccer Game starting at 6:30 P.M. and a Bruno Mars concert at 7:15 P.M.

He planned to be in the suburbs around 5:00 P.M.  He said later he realized after getting there that he should have gone at 4:00.  But his point was to be there in time to pick people up who were headed to dinner before the events or even someone who was headed to the venue.

Whether he misjudged the timing a little bit or not doesn’t really matter.  What’s important is that he was strategizing.  He was thinking ahead. He was asking all the important questions that drivers should ask, like:

  • what events are going on in town tonight?
  • what are people doing?
  • where will they be headed?
  • when will they leave?
  • what is the farthest point from the venue where I can get a trip going to the venue?

And that’s exactly how you have to think.  That’s how successful drivers think.  That’s how the elite top earning drivers think.

Now remember, you do want to be in the suburbs before these kinds of events but you don’t want to be in just any suburb!

No, if you want to be really strategic, you’ll want to be in a suburb that is as far away as possible from the venues where you know people will actually be going to these events from.  So, you want to pick suburbs that you know people will be attending these events from and then head for the ‘burb that’s farthest away from the venue.  That way you will give yourself the best possible chance of getting the longest possible trip.

Why would you want to be in a suburb that’s just 10 minutes away from the venue, when you could be in one that’s 30 minutes or even 60 minutes away and make three to five times as much in one trip? That’s why it makes so much sense to figure out the best location that is as far away as possible from where you know a lot of people are heading to that night.

Mixing Delivery and Rideshare

At various times during the night you can see that Sam scheduled some time for deliveries.  He schedules these times when he thinks rideshare will be slow.  These deliveries can fill slow hours with a little extra income.  But Sam also makes a great point when he says there’s one other reason to take an hour out to do deliveries.  Even if you don’t make that much from it – it’s a good way to change things up.  Deliveries get you out of your car and get you moving around.  And that’s good for your health and it’s good for your alertness.

It’s not good to just sit in your car seat hour after hour after hour.  Deliveries are a great excuse to get up and start moving around, while not making yourself feel too guilty that you’re getting lax and not making any money.  You’ll keep earning as you give your body a break.

Planning Breaks

This is something most rideshare drivers don’t do.  They kind of just go with the flow and take breaks as they can.  However, Sam and other elite drivers know, if you’re going to work an 8 to 12 hour shift, you gotta take breaks.  And it’s best if you plan them ahead of time.

In the screenshot above, you can see Sam planned a break between 8:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M.  That was his plan.  It doesn’t mean he’s actually going to take a break during that time.  If he gets a long trip at 7:45 he’s obviously going to finish it.  So a trip can interrupt your schedule.  But it’s important to have a schedule so you know kind of where you should be at any given time in the night.  For instance, if he did get a long trip at 7:45 that lasted an hour and he wanted to be at the United soccer game at 9:00, he might look at his schedule and say, ‘You know, I should have taken an hour break between 8:00 and 9:00 so I’m going to take at least a half hour now.’

That’s how good planning can really help you.  It helps your body, it helps your health and it helps your performance on the job.  And that helps your safety and your attitude with your passengers – ensuring you consistently high ratings.

Another thing breaks help you do – is get through the night.  If you’re working a Friday or Saturday night – some of the best earnings come very late in the night, like around 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning.  You don’t want to miss those because your body was feeling so tired at midnight that you decided to call it a night and head home.

Minor Leagues

Another great tip from Sam is, don’t forget about the smaller events!  Smaller events won’t draw nearly as many people as the large events but they usually won’t draw many drivers either.  Drivers are always focused on the giant well-known events.  So, show up at a minor league game where there are a few thousand spectators – and you’ll be sure to get a trip.

Also, don’t forget about soccer games.  Soccer isn’t exactly the first sport that comes to mind for Americans, but soccer is an up and coming sport that is attracting more spectators every year.

There are three major soccer leagues in the United States and some 60 major soccer teams.  There’s pretty much one in every major city.  These games are often overlooked but they can attract tens of thousands of visitors!  So, they’re a great place to fish for rides.


Video Transcription:

In this video, I’m going to give you guys an example of a shift that I drove recently and I’m going to do it just on this note because this is how I use it and I want to give you guys a real example of what exactly I have done.

So, this is mapping out your shift. I think a lot of drivers don’t even know what’s going to go on that night and they drive out blindly. Now, good drivers look ahead of the schedule, they check the events, you know things that I’ve taught you in [other] videos.

They check what’s going on and they kind of know what’s going on that night when they head out. But I think an elite driver is going to schedule it out to the tee where they’re going to be in different options if you’re going to be in different parts of the city.

So, let me give you an example. On this night, August 5th, there was going to be a soccer game and a Twins game, so both professional sports going on around at 6:00 p.m. and also a concert at 7:00 p.m. with Bruno Mars. So that means, I wanted to be around the burbs, suburbs, around 5:00 p.m., as early as 5:00 p.m., even earlier to be available to pick up people to take them to have dinner, have some drinks before the game or even before just to go to the concert.

So there’s a range from about 5:00 p.m. to about 5:30 p.m. or I could have even got there maybe 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., maybe even earlier just depending to take people out to these events. And so, a lot of people don’t realize that, you know, you have the huge thing at the very end right when the game gets out or the event gets out but you also have a huge opportunity right before.

And if there are multiple things going on before, going on at similar times, then you’re going to probably get some surge out in the suburbs because people are still downtown. If it’s a Saturday night, you’re going to have a lot of people who aren’t going to be…drivers who aren’t going to anticipate to be out in the suburbs.

So, check that out. I was in the burbs at 5:00 p.m., I could have done it at 4:00 p.m. That was just a mistake on my part and I didn’t think about that ahead of time. So, again, constantly making adjustments and learning. 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., I had a DoorDash shift set side and so I was taking rides but also available to do delivery. [The] Twins game starts at 6:10 p.m., and then the United Soccer game and then the Bruno Mars game, I got a ride for…the Bruno Mars concert I mean.

And then I have another Dash break at 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and I talk about this in other videos in how I use food delivery as an opportunity to be busy during slower times while people are already at the events. But also as a way for me to take a break, and so I’m moving around getting my body…blood flowing.

If I have to wait around for food, I can get some food for myself, I can rest, I can read. It’s great opportunity to maximize your time and your money. And then, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., I had a break set apart.

Potentially, unless there’s a huge ride that I got that took me out far away. 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., I let my wife know I can be home [at] that time and I can rest. And it’s important to rest in the middle of the shift because let’s say I don’t rest and I start around 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. and I’m going to drive to like 3:00 a.m. that night.

That’s a really, really long shift and what that’s going to mean is my passengers at the end of the night are going to get the short end of the stick and I’m not going to be as willing to work towards the end and may be willing…I potentially would just quit early on because I’m tired.

And you don’t want to do that. You don’t want to give yourself crumbs at the end of the shift because that’s when it’s the most profitable on a Saturday night or a Friday night. And so, you don’t want to, you know, be exhausted at that point.

So, I factored in a break and then I also knew that there was going to be a game ending around 9:00 p.m. for both the United and also the Twins game.

And notice, there’s two things I want to show you. There’s a minor league team that has about 8,000 people in attendance. Every time [they’re] sold out. The Saints are a good team so know your minor leagues.

Minor leagues can vary per city. But there was a Saints game getting out at 10:00 p.m. and also there was a concert at The Myth, which is Maplewood which is quite a bit away.

However, the reason why I’m showing you two different things ending at the same time is you don’t know where you’re going to be right. That’s part of rideshare.

Rideshare could have taken me near Maplewood and so rather than sit there and try to figure where to go next, I could quickly look at my schedule and think “Oh, boom. I’m near Maplewood. I’m going to go to The Myth. Boom. I’m going to get a good ride there.”

Or, if I’m near Saint Paul, I’m going to go the Saints game to pick up some people. So I think this is a really advanced tactic a lot of drivers don’t think about, [which] is having multiple outlets and having those pre-planned so that you know exactly where to go at the right time.

And then at the end of the day, Bruno ended at 11:00 p.m., I had a good ride there. So, guys, take a few minutes to think about your shift. Take a step further to plan out and write out your shift so you know exactly where to be at the right time so you can maximize your time and your money.


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