Is Rideshare Driving Safe?

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If you have ever thought about driving for Uber or Lyft, odds are that you have asked whether or not it’s safe, how much can you really make, and how flexible is it really?

After over a year of driving myself here is what I can tell you.

Is It Safe?

What I like about driving for rideshare is that you get to decide what time of the day you will drive, the area you will drive  in, and if you are willing to take someone or not.

Yes many people will drive late into the morning to get the bar runs, but if you’re like me then you don’t want to be up that late, deal with intoxicated people or deal with the crazy traffic at that time of the day.

The Solution?

Don’t drive then, you cans simply not go. That’s your choice and part of the beauty of rideshare driving. You pick the hours.

If you don’t feel safe driving in a particular neighborhood, then don’t go near that neighborhood and you won’t get a request from there. The nearest driver gets the request if you aren’t close you won’t get the request.

Also if someone is on the way to get in your car, or even already in your car and you feel uneasy, you can stop the ride, you can ask them to get out, or never let them in.

Again if you are driving during the day like me, you’re mostly going to get people going to and from work so you won’t have to deal with feeling uncomfortable.

How Much Money Do You Make?

I would say the three main factors deciding how much you’ll make are what time of year it is, what time of day it is, and what location you’re driving in.

Living in Florida we get a lot of people here for a week and so early Sunday mornings I will get rides from the beach to the airport. Usually the people are friendly and more than willing to talk about how much they have loved their trip. It’s a good easy $15 to $20 and if they leave a tip can be even more.

I also will drive during the week, sometimes just seeing if I can get a ride on my way home, and can make $10 to $20 adding just 30 minutes to my ride home.

After tracking it for over a year my average is around $16 an hour before factoring in cost (think  gas, car detail, etc.). Which isn’t great but also isn’t terrible. I know people that make far better but they also stay out longer and drive in area’s I’m not willing to.

Best Practices

Know What’s Going On In Your Area

I have concerts, sporting events, fairs, and the like in my area all the time. People don’t like driving and dealing with parking to these things so will use rideshare to get to and from them. Be ready to drive during these times and you can make a lot of money.

The Early Morning Hours Are Great For Driving

We mostly think of driving nights and weekends, and you can make a lot of money doing so. But, I have made the majority of my driving income from picking people up between 5am and 9am taking them to work. They are more professional then the ones you take out Friday night, and typically tip better.

Be Ready To Sit, And Ready To Go

Whether it’s listening to podcasts, having a book to read, or studying for school make sure you have something to do. You will have down time, and scrolling your Facebook feed will get boring quickly. Make sure that you have something that you can do when you have no rides, but that you can stop quick enough to get a ride when it comes in.


If I’ve convinced you and you want to give rideshare a try then click here for Uber, or here for Lyft, I recommend starting with one getting the bonus for signing up and then starting with the other. But regardless if you do one or both give it a try, you can make some extra money.

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4 thoughts on “Is Rideshare Driving Safe?”

  1. I wouldn’t have thought that you could ask someone to leave once you’ve picked them up, but it’s only right that you should feel safe in your own car (and that the passengers should feel safe as well). Tyler, it sounds like you’ve got a good handle on knowing when and where to be to get a good flow of customers. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned.

    1. You absolutely can ask people to get out of your car, it is after all your car. I have had a few things happen that made me feel uneasy but for the most part people are really nice and happy to be getting rides.

  2. I agree that it’s mostly safe, but I have to say that as a girl, I felt a little limited in the evenings because of where I live. Since the apps don’t tell you where you’re going until you pick the person up, it made me nervous about driving at night. I live on cusp between a lot of not so great areas and a lot of fine areas and there were definitely some spots where I shouldn’t’ve wound up at night, but I felt like if they person was already sitting in my car, requesting to go there, they might not be the best kind of person for me to try to kick out of my car while I’m alone.
    At the end of the day, I didn’t think it was a huge deal and would just make the drives to the questionable areas and then not pick up anyone near there after, but I really think Uber and Lyft should tell you where you’re going before you pick up so you can make a more informed decision about how safe the whole thing is.

    1. I agree, at one point though they were telling us where the passenger was being dropped off at (if the passenger put the destination in) but stopped. I think it was because to many people were not taking the short rides and so those passengers were left with no one to take them down the road or something like that. And I really can’t talk about being unsafe as a woman, I know there have been times where I felt a little uneasy and I’m a pretty big guy so I can only imagine. Stay safe out there Mel.

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