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I'm a new driver. Can someone explain to me how surges work? Thanks
the red spots on the map are zone locations experiencing an imbalance with more passengers online than drivers available (more or less). As a result, the price goes up for a trip and is reflected as a "surge" multiplier. Take the number for the zone you see in the pic above and multiply that number by Uber's base rate of .85/mi and .10/min and that is the rate the passenger will be charged. The surge also raises the min charge to the passenger, for instance they request a trip because they are too lazy to walk to their mailbox and back. When you get a trip request with a pick up address in a surge zone, the surge rate should show on the request screen under the circle/timer. If it doesn't, that trip will not reflect surge pricing.
 
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