Since 2020, rideshare driving has changed dramatically. How can drivers earn more in less time in 2022? My top tips for driving strategies in 2022 and beyond.
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.
In March 2020, all of our lives were turned upside down. Despite restrictions being lifted, things are likely never to go back to “normal”. With the pandemic and current world events, drivers had no choice but to pivot.
We’ve changed our strategies; we’ve changed our patterns. So, what are these new strategies? Let’s go over the top driving strategies I recommend for driving in 2022.
Prioritize Shorter Rides
Between ride incentives given by rideshare companies and high gas prices, it may make sense to focus on short rides. Especially in the bigger markets where bonuses are prevalent, since racking up shorter rides will get you consecutive bonuses faster. It will also mean putting fewer miles on your vehicle, saving you more overall on gas.
Learn more about Lyft Ride Streak Bonuses and Uber Consecutive Trip Boosts.
Diversify Your Options
If you’re only driving for Uber or delivering for DoorDash, you’re likely leaving money on the table instead of using all of your options.
Depending on your market, you might have significant downtime if you’re only active on one platform. Fill in those gaps by checking into other delivery and rideshare apps available to you.
If Uber is typically slow at noon on a Tuesday, find out if it’s worthwhile switching it up and trying DoorDash during that time period.
The best companies to sign up with are those that are most popular in your city. Typically those companies are DoorDash, Uber / Uber Eats, and Instacart.
You want to make sure to minimize your downtime as much as possible. If you’re in your car, you want to be actively earning as much as possible. An hour of downtime is an hour where you don’t have income, plus you’ll be burning gas waiting.
Know Your Area
Every market is different. It could be that your market lost a lot of businesses throughout the pandemic. The hotspots from 3 years ago may not exist anymore.
For example, in many large cities, some popular restaurants, and even stores closed due to the pandemic. In other cases, some restaurants have drastically shortened their hours due to staffing challenges.
Post-pandemic, there’s still rush hour, but it looks a lot different. It’s not as active as it used to be in many cities as remote work becomes more acceptable or even the norm.
Instead of hanging around downtown, maybe there is a more active area. Where did those big businesses go? Maybe hanging around near there at the end of the workday will keep you busy.
Drive With Purpose
With the gas prices continually on the rise and businesses opening up for the summer, and now that the pandemic is ebbing a bit, you want to have a purpose when you go out. It can’t just be, “I feel like driving, so I’ll go out and see what it’s like.”
You need to know it’ll be profitable for you when you turn the key in your vehicle. Keep track of what days and times are busiest for you, and keep an eye on which platforms are popping during those times and which are falling flat.
That way, you can create your own schedule and be confident about your ability to start earning as soon as you leave the door.
Use Helpful Apps
Every driver has favorite go-to apps that either help them while they are driving, help them save money on gas, or keep them entertained while on the road. You’ll want to find your favorites and utilize them.
One of my favorite gas apps is the Upside app. It’s free to join, and you get cashback at the pump. You’ll see what you could earn in cashback upfront while comparing the prices of nearby stations.
Check out our Upside review and see how it looks in action.
Use this app to find rideshare groups to talk to and learn what works for them in your area. Learn from others who have already tested the waters and know what to do and what not to do.
Find the navigation app that works best for you. Every driver has a preference, and almost none of them will say the built-in apps on the platforms work best for them.
I prefer Waze because it has live updates on traffic patterns and hazards. Others prefer Google Maps. Find the navigation app you are the most comfortable with and has the features you’re looking for.
Keep things entertaining in your vehicle to help earn tips from your passengers. If you do delivery driving, keep your music to what you prefer. If you’re driving passengers, give them options and play what they like.
In fact, one of RSG’s contributors did an experiment to see if playing certain types of music led to higher tips. Let’s just say, sometimes Led Zeppelin leads to a whole lotta tips!
Of course, you can listen to far more than music in your car, including podcasts and audiobooks. You can choose different types of music to elicit calm responses from your passengers, or upbeat music to keep the mood high. It’s up to you!
In 2022, rideshare, like much of modern day life, has evolved. No longer can you get in your car and just “get a few ride requests.” Now more than ever, it pays to strategize, be aware of what’s going on in your city and even the world (gas prices!), and put apps to use for you.
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.