Considering driving for rideshare in the busy city of Atlanta? Here are three tips to make the most money as an Atlanta rideshare driver.
Buckle has partnered with Harry Campbell, founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, to provide our Members with the very best tips, tricks, and news to help maximize their income as a rideshare and delivery driver.
Are you looking for a way to earn extra money? Rideshare driving in Atlanta could be a great opportunity for you.
If you’re considering driving in Atlanta, earnings of $1,000+ a week are a real possibility, as the city is home to nearly half a million people who might be in need of a ride. In addition, the city is the 37th most populated in the entire US. Here’s what to keep in mind if you’re considering getting started rideshare driving in Atlanta.
Rideshare Driver Shortage
There is a big shortage of rideshare drivers in the U.S. and really the economy more broadly these days. Lyft and Uber both have seen a reduction in drivers over the past few years. A big reason for the decrease is the pandemic and more people needing to social distance. Some drivers just aren’t comfortable working around people with COVID still looming. Even with pretty good incentives set up across the nation, it’s not luring many drivers back onto the streets.
For Atlanta specifically, we’ve seen ads from Uber offering $2,300 in guaranteed earnings for completing 200 trips (as of Jan. 2022). This ‘guaranteed earnings offer’ is only for brand new drivers to Uber and the goal also has to be reached within 30 days of activation.
You can sign up to drive with Uber here and make sure to confirm your offer with their support team before you hit the road.
Depending on when and where you drive in Atlanta, you could be offered even more in bonuses and other incentives, particularly if you drive late at night or early in the morning (airport rides!)
Tips to Be Successful Driving in Atlanta
There are certain things you can do to help your rideshare experience be a good one. Bringing home the most money possible should be a goal and here are a few ways to do that.
The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport located in Atlanta is one of the busiest airports in the United States, and it serves over 100 million passengers annually. In addition to being an airport servicing many domestic destinations, Hartsfield-Jackson is a big international hub as well.
The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport finished 2020 second only behind Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China. The airport’s 2020 numbers did drop due to the pandemic but still had a remarkable 42 million passengers.
Where do rideshare drivers come into this? Picking people up from the airport and dropping them off, of course! Make sure to pay attention to the airport schedules, then head over to the airport and wait for a ride request. You shouldn’t have to wait long if you time it right! Also pay attention to early morning flights - if you’re an early bird, there’s a good chance there are passengers who need early morning rides and are willing to pay for them!
With four major sports teams located within the Atlanta city limits, another positive about driving in the city are the Braves, Hawks, United FC, and Falcons games. Yes, soccer, baseball, football, and basketball teams all reside in Atlanta.
Sundays can be pretty hectic around some of these stadiums but it could be very well worth it. I’m sure surge prices would be through the roof during some of the events at the sports venues!
Pro-tip: At the end of a big event/game, some drivers will stay offline until they see the ‘surge peaking’. That way you can get paid more if you’re patient.
Capitalize During Rush Hours
Like most bigger cities, a good time to try to score some rides is during rush hour. There are plenty of people looking to grab a ride to and from work during daily commuting hours.
You have to be careful which times you decide to drive during rush hour because even though there might be a ton of rides, the amount of traffic you have to sit in might not be worth it. Weigh the pros and cons carefully, but if you find the traffic doesn’t bother you as much, it might be worth it!
This is where it also pays to know the flows of traffic in and out of your city. Rush hour rides can be profitable but not if they’ll put you in a position where you have to drive back in traffic.
Atlanta doesn’t stand out when it comes to safety issues but you should always be prepared and aware of your surroundings as a rideshare driver. By July 2021, the police were investigating 8 different instances where a car thief posed as a rideshare rider and drove off in their Uber driver’s car. Drivers would be lured out of their car when a passenger asked if they could put something in the trunk of their car. Once the driver gets to the back of the car, the thief would take off. This can happen in any city but just be careful as this was a big deal in the city in early 2021.
One of the best ways to protect yourself is with adequate insurance (get a quote from Buckle here!) and a dash cam. We recommend the VanTrue N2 Pro since it records both ways (front and back), has 1080P so crystal clear recordings and great night vision.
Driving rideshare can be a great way to make extra cash. Atlanta is a busy growing city, which is ideal for rideshare drivers looking to make a profit. The many events, sporting venues, travel industry, and daily commuters all provide opportunities for consistent and well-paying trips.
Plus, the new driver sign-on bonus makes it easy to get up and running! If you live in the Atlanta area and are considering rideshare, it’s an excellent market to be in. Just be careful to take common sense safety precautions, like verifying the rider’s identity before allowing them in your car and not leaving the keys in the car when you’re not in it. Installing a dash camera that uploads to the cloud is one highly recommended way to protect yourself as well!
Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for ridehail drivers and other gig workers and author of, The Rideshare Guide. Over the years, Harry has covered the gig economy industry closely and talked to tens of thousands of drivers and gig workers about their experience on the road.