Sometimes life’s path takes you places you never saw yourself going…
About 6 months ago, I signed up to be a driver for Lyft! Lyft is a community ride sharing platform that allows people with cars to give rides to passengers around the city. So… I’m basically a cab driver, using my own car! It’s a great fit for me because I work from home 10-5, so it gives me a chance to get out and see the city. It’s also a great way to chat with people I never would have met otherwise and it also just feels good taking people to the places they need to go. I honestly feel like I’m doing a service for the city of San Francisco. Plus… it pays pretty well!
I haven’t had any scary experiences and most of the passengers are a lot like me. The worst I’ve had was a couple who was fighting and kept forgetting things at home, so we had to drive back and forth in complete silence. Another time a girl had food poisoning, and we had to pull over a few times so she could vomit… eeek. Most of my Sunday morning rides are people going to brunch, going to bars to watch football, or going home the morning after a wild night (one guy had a freshly done homemade tattoo on his leg!).
I see several ads on Facebook attempting to lure Lyft drivers to cross over and drive for other platforms like UberX or Sidecar. I admit I’ve been tempted, but in the end it’s the community feeling of Lyft that keeps me around. The passengers sit in the front seat and it’s like you’re driving your friends around. On other platforms, passengers sit in the back and conversation isn’t encouraged as much.
It’s exciting to be part of a new technology that is transforming the way people travel. The platform has gone through some significant changes since I signed on – at first we were not welcome at SFO, but now we are. And at first they had special “power hours” where drivers could keep 100% of their fare instead of Lyft taking a small percentage. So obviously I was only working during those hours – but as of this week they did away with that! Kind of a bummer. But I still think I’ll keep driving for them. My usual time to drive is Sunday mornings – Josh and Tilly stay home and watch a Beatles movie and I make $150!
Are you thinking about becoming a driver? If you are, I’d love to answer any questions you may have… And if you’re looking for someone to put down as your reference, my name is Mary Pendleton! #lyftlove