Fuel prices fluctuate. We all know that. But even at their lowest price point, the conservation of the fuel we consume affects our bottom line exponentially.
I recently watched a video shot by someone who had just completed 2 days as a Lyft driver. The guy was going on and on about how the wages that Lyft drivers earn are little more than slave labor. He calculated that he only made $4.00 per hour over the course of his 2 day “case study”.
Every mile you drive without a paying passenger or a long term benefit of some sort is money leaking out the tank of your car.
One of the glaring (and most idiotic) mistakes this new driver made was driving around all night “looking” for Lyft passengers. He said in the video that the cost of fuel was one of the major factors why the Lyft opportunity was a waste of time.
We Walk by Faith, not by Sight
We cannot find Lyft passengers by looking for them. Driving around looking for passengers is like trying to shoot and hit a moving target. One of the best pieces of advice I can give any new Lyft driver is to sit and wait for the calls to come to you.
Every drop of fuel should be considered precious by the Lyft driver. Take on the mindset of “If I’m not getting paid to move my vehicle, I’M NOT MOVING MY VEHICLE”. When you drop of a Lyft passenger, your goal should be to find the safest place to pull over and park as quickly as possible to wait for the next call. Every mile you drive without a paying passenger or a long term benefit of some sort is money leaking out the tank of your car.
The Jackrabbit losses – Fuel Conservation
Another fuel saving measure is to eliminate “jackrabbit” starts. By doing so, you’ll find that your fuel will last longer and your passenger comfort level will increase. The smooth rides you provide should also result in higher driver ratings for you.
It’s easy to fall victim to the idea of getting the passenger to his or her destination as quickly as possible in order to move on to the next passenger. But resist this way of thinking. Make your passenger feel that they are being chauffeured to their destination as opposed to ditched by the curb as quickly as possible.
Join the Lyft team
If you would like to become a Lyft driver, click HERE and complete the “Apply Now” section on the Lyft website. IMPORTANT: DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR SIGN UP BONUS! To qualify for the sign up bonus you must place the referral code “GREGORY37524” (if it hasn’t automatically been added) in the box underneath the phone number input box on your application.
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