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TC is always posting some great numbers. Help a brother out, what are your top 3 rules??
Don't chase surges EXCEPT when you're less than two minutes/1ish miles away or between 1-2am on Fri and Sat night.

Just remember two can play the game: when you're in a surge zone and Uber gives you a ping outside and you don't accept, well you can do the same thing when you're just outside a surge zone and only accept rides with surge.

And because of my above statements and driving to and from home (Weymouth, 15-20 mins from the city with no traffic) I add about 30-60 mins to my driving time of online to get a real reflection of time.

Also don't accept POOL, I let 15 pool requests in a row go by Saturday night!

I also drive like a madman when pax aren't in the car, to get to surge zones, known busy spots, or even more so to get to a pickup location. So if you see a guy flying by you in a gray hatchback with no billboards but a phone on the dash, wave...

Example: few months back I got pulled over by an unmarked statie for doing 70 (in a 35) on Morrissey but I was literally the only car on Morrissey heading north, and their was construction on 93north. It was 1:50ish on a Friday and I had just dropped in North Quincy, I was flying back to Southie/Seaport to catch surge fares. Told the cops exactly what I was doing and they understood, called me the "new era cabbie" and asked me to slow down, no ticket.

Oh and lastly know 3 routes to get everywhere from anywhere. I really think my knowledge of roads and shortcuts helps me the most. I know lots of routes but on top of it I know when to use which one. Some areas you gotta know exactly which lane to be in for each light or section of road.
 

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Mine was good, the promo was $90 for 25 trips. That was my only goal. I drove for 8 hours, got 26 trips in total. for a sum total of $205, add the promotion and I got $300 exactly for 8 hours driving this weekend. I didn't get any promotions this week though (3/6) anyone has an idea?
 

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Don't chase surges EXCEPT when you're less than two minutes/1ish miles away or between 1-2am on Fri and Sat night.

Just remember two can play the game: when you're in a surge zone and Uber gives you a ping outside and you don't accept, well you can do the same thing when you're just outside a surge zone and only accept rides with surge.

And because of my above statements and driving to and from home (Weymouth, 15-20 mins from the city with no traffic) I add about 30-60 mins to my driving time of online to get a real reflection of time.

Also don't accept POOL, I let 15 pool requests in a row go by Saturday night!

I also drive like a madman when pax aren't in the car, to get to surge zones, known busy spots, or even more so to get to a pickup location. So if you see a guy flying by you in a gray hatchback with no billboards but a phone on the dash, wave...

Example: few months back I got pulled over by an unmarked statie for doing 70 (in a 35) on Morrissey but I was literally the only car on Morrissey heading north, and their was construction on 93north. It was 1:50ish on a Friday and I had just dropped in North Quincy, I was flying back to Southie/Seaport to catch surge fares. Told the cops exactly what I was doing and they understood, called me the "new era cabbie" and asked me to slow down, no ticket.

Oh and lastly know 3 routes to get everywhere from anywhere. I really think my knowledge of roads and shortcuts helps me the most. I know lots of routes but on top of it I know when to use which one. Some areas you gotta know exactly which lane to be in for each light or section of road.
Solid advise my man! I am doing most of that. The last piece i had not given it too much thought but all things considered it makes perfect sense, definitely something that i need to work on. This weekend I took a pax from the north end to watertown and i needed to get back to Cambridge which was a higher boost zone at the time. I was on a main st but the pax told me that if i took an off road that it would take me back to Cambridge with very little lights and i did indeed make it back quicker than what waze was telling me.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together mate!
 

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Part time, 20-30hrs a week. Co-founder in a tech startup, use Uber/Lyft to make up for my startup size paycheck.
Been driving since Nov 2015.
So you're working 80 hour weeks at the startup and driving 20-30 hours on top of that and doing double the speed limit in the hopes of getting a little extra scratch on your next ride? Sounds like you're gunning for a million-dollar funeral...
 

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So you're working 80 hour weeks at the startup and driving 20-30 hours on top of that and doing double the speed limit in the hopes of getting a little extra scratch on your next ride? Sounds like you're gunning for a million-dollar funeral...
Thanks been working out so far.
Last corporate job I worked 100ish hrs a week for 7-8 months and 30ish the remainder of the year. It's called hustle.
 

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Don't chase surges EXCEPT when you're less than two minutes/1ish miles away or between 1-2am on Fri and Sat night.

Just remember two can play the game: when you're in a surge zone and Uber gives you a ping outside and you don't accept, well you can do the same thing when you're just outside a surge zone and only accept rides with surge.

And because of my above statements and driving to and from home (Weymouth, 15-20 mins from the city with no traffic) I add about 30-60 mins to my driving time of online to get a real reflection of time.

Also don't accept POOL, I let 15 pool requests in a row go by Saturday night!

I also drive like a madman when pax aren't in the car, to get to surge zones, known busy spots, or even more so to get to a pickup location. So if you see a guy flying by you in a gray hatchback with no billboards but a phone on the dash, wave...

Example: few months back I got pulled over by an unmarked statie for doing 70 (in a 35) on Morrissey but I was literally the only car on Morrissey heading north, and their was construction on 93north. It was 1:50ish on a Friday and I had just dropped in North Quincy, I was flying back to Southie/Seaport to catch surge fares. Told the cops exactly what I was doing and they understood, called me the "new era cabbie" and asked me to slow down, no ticket.

Oh and lastly know 3 routes to get everywhere from anywhere. I really think my knowledge of roads and shortcuts helps me the most. I know lots of routes but on top of it I know when to use which one. Some areas you gotta know exactly which lane to be in for each light or section of road.
Great rules. I'll add one more.

You should almost never chase surge. You SHOULD always chase BOOST.

Example. I had a dropoff yesterday morning at Dana Farber. This is in the Back Bay boost area which was like 1.3. About 1/4th a mile away back up Longwood and you are in the 1.9x area that encompasses BC/Brighton Alston. My general rule is that unless the surge is close, I'm dropping off, going offline and then heading back to the 1.9 area.

Earlier in the morning I'll do this on airport runs. Drop off then bang down 90 to the Cambridge/Allston exit and repeat.

I'll accept pools over a 1.5 surge, but I'm turning off additional rides immediately and cancelling any that might pop in lower.
 
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