Uber and Lyft and ride sharing, oh my! Yes, more and more people these days are realizing the cost-saving and convenience benefits that Lyft drivers and Uber drivers now offer based on the respective platforms that they drive for. This post will answer, “How does Uber work,” and “How does Lyft work?” We will also take a closer look at the option of ride sharing and why it’s becoming such a preferred alternative to taxis.

How to use Uber

How to Uber, you ask? How to use Uber app? It’s really simple:

• Step 1: Download the mobile app. It’s available for free in the app store.
• Step 2: Enter your credit card information in the payment option part of the app.
• Step 3: Set a destination.
• Step 4: Select the type of Uber vehicle you want to ride in.
• Step 5: Hit “Confirm Uber” to schedule your pickup.

After confirming your pickup, you’ll be presented with information on how far away and how many minutes it’ll be until your scheduled driver arrives at your pickup location. The driver will use the Uber app as his/her directions to your destination.

How much does Uber cost?

It depends on a variety of factors, such as distance, time of day (i.e., heavy traffic or light traffic) and whether any extraordinary events are taking place in the area at the time. For instance, there’s almost always a fare increase on New Year’s Eve and other busy days.

How Much Do Uber Drivers Make?

So just how much does Uber pay? It’s a tricky question to answer. When it comes to Uber, the more a driver drives, the more the driver has the potential to make. And Uber drivers have the luxury and flexibility of driving how much or how little they choose. According to data from Glassdoor, the average Uber driver typically makes about $30,000 a year. While Uber can seem like a more lucrative job option than just $30,000 a year, drivers must keep in mind that they don’t receive all the fare on each trip they drive. A small portion goes to Uber itself and then drivers must take into consideration fuel costs and vehicle maintenance.

Do you tip Uber drivers? Though optional, Uber now offers the ability to tip drivers following their ride. Just like everything else on Uber, tips are all handled through the mobile app and the credit card that’s on file.

Uber FAQs

Does Uber take cash

No, all Uber rider to driver payments are completed via the credit card on file with each user.

Is Uber safe?

Yes, all drivers must meet certain vehicle standards and must pass background tests to drive for Uber. They also are only hired following a personal interview. The hiring practices that Uber uses are all very similar to what taxi drivers go through before being hired. What’s more is that riders can rate drivers (and vice-versa) to somewhat self-police the ride sharing service.

What is UberX?

UberX is essentially a taxi that has an agreement with Uber. So, it’s like you’ll be riding in a taxi, but can still pay conveniently and easily with the Uber app.

How much do Lyft drivers make?

Though Lyft’s business model is like Uber’s, Lyft drivers can earn weekly bonuses, referral bonuses and can receive their payouts whenever they want.

What’s the major value proposition of services like Uber and Lyft?

It’s cheaper and more convenient than a taxi cab. People like how they can just get into and out of a car and not have to worry about paying when arriving at their destination. Uber drivers’ cars are usually much nicer, cleaner and newer than taxi cab vehicles as well.