If they can be avoided then you avoid them. But how to do you avoid them? Tell someone to get out of your car once they are already in it? That has it's own problems. I've been to Fredericksburg and San Marcos. Not the end of the world.For example, would you take someone to Killeen/Fort Hood airport? That's 60-80 miles depending where in Austin you start from. Probably high chance of going back empty, right? Worth it?
Austin to San Marcos is very definitely a long ride. The same way a ride around the block is a short ride. It's pretty straight forward and empirical and I don't see the need to question someone's knowledge or seniority over it.Austin to San Marcos is not a "long ride". You must be new to Texas AND Uber/Lyft.