Hacking Uber for Drivers

Being in business for yourself means your responsible for your success. Maximizing profits and minimizing wasted time are difficult – Here are some hacks to make you more $$$.


  1. Find out your Uber Passenger Rating
    Don’t accept riders who have a low rating, it means other drivers had issues. Hence there is a higher probability you will to. We recommend not accepting passengers who have less that a 4.7 rating.  Riders typically get low ratings because they, or their friends, are rude, make you wait a long time, disrespectful, etc. They are also more likely to rate you low, so why bother.

  2. Avoid Uber pool rides
    Just don’t accept them. Lower pay for the same work. These fares are for foolish drivers. Sometimes you have to to keep your acceptance rating up, see our article on how to get riders to cancel so you don’t get punished.
  3. Drivers are paid by the mile, not minute
    Uber and Lyft pay model does not pay well on a per minute basis. Payment is geared towards miles driven. Their models favor riders who essentially pay the same regardless of traffic conditions.  Drivers on the other hand work by the trip; typically limited to 8 to 10 hours a day regardless if they get 1 or 100 trips. Drivers who get to their destination quicker and on a longer route will earn more $$$.
  4. Get Free Uber Credit by Referring your Friends
    Invest some effort to get people around you to sign up for Uber, and you’ll get a free ride (usually $20-$30). I’ve had success with this by just sending over my referral link over my college dorm. This is getting harder and harder as Uber gets more established.

  5. Minimize wait time
    Drivers who call a few minutes before reaching the pickup location will have riders who are more often ready to go. Try calling and saying “Hello, i am your Uber driver. I wanted to let you know that i will be there in 5 minutes. Please be ready when i drive because i already have a delivery to make after your trip. Thanks.” or “Hello, i am your Uber driver. I wanted to let you know that i will be there in 5 minutes. Please be ready. Your my last fare for the night and am quite done”.  After arriving call again. Sometimes riders don’t hear the Uber ringtone, or service is poor. Calling is a sure way of limiting those problems. In addition, calling makes the rider more obligated to be timely since they have verbally acknowledged such.

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