You are so right, drive on the front end. I've lost a few nights of driving by gambling on getting the trips I needed by the end of the evening. Tonight I'm going to start at 3 pm to catch the 3pm to midnight guarantee before I go out of town for the 4th of July weekend. I'll start downtown to catch some trips to Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wrigleyville which are usually short so I can head closer to home early in the evening to dodge pings. I have to eat about 30 minutes of guarantee time to get home, thoughLoad up your hiding on the back end, drive on the front end. I've usually had 6 rides by the end of my first two hours, then I hide for the third and fourth.
For me the rides are not hard, it's the acceptance. I get hit by the "hell no, I won't go" pings. Last time I drove I was getting pings from 20-30 min away telling me to head to Ohare. I don't even carry the airport placard in the car. Three of those in a row and I went from being on the verge of making $70 in guarantee to $14 dollars. I even tried shutting off the app and driving 10 min further away.
I was pretty pissed, but I guess that's what I get for gaming the system. Sometimes you lose the game. Speaking of, I need a link to the airport placard and the rules for where to post everything. I guess I should have put all that crap in my glovebox just to be safe.