Harry right here. In basic, I’ve found it better to work at night time, particularly weekend nights, as a result of you possibly can often assure on bar hoppers and membership goers to request an Uber or Lyft experience all all through the night time. However, not everybody can (or wants to) drive at night time, so at present, senior RSG contributor John Ince compares day time driving to nighttime driving to see which one really comes out on prime.
Night Driving vs Day Driving – The Choice is Yours
For most drivers – particularly new ones – a key query is whether or not to drive primarily at night time or day. It’s arguably the first and most essential determination you’ll make as a driver. Some attempt to do each, however human limitations, particularly the concern of stamina, ultimately forces all however the most hardy amongst us to make a selection.
For half time drivers, the choice is often made for you by your present work schedule. If you’re employed a 9-5 job and see rideshare driving as moonlighting, the moon solely shines at night time, so there you go off into the headlights. Others might have extra versatile hours. Here, I lay out what I think about to be the key issues – based mostly upon my years of expertise of driving each day and night time.
When do you make more cash?
On stability I’ve discovered that you simply make more cash, per hour, driving at night time – particularly on weekends. That’s if you get the biggest surges – particularly at bar closings round 2 am right here in California.
The commerce off is that you simply’ll get extra unruly passengers at night time. Yes, the morning and night commute will typically be surging, however you’re additionally more likely to get caught in visitors and also you don’t make a lot cash sitting in visitors.
The mileage element of our pay is far extra highly effective than the time element. You earn a living by transporting passengers the place they need to go, not by having them sit inside in the confines of your automotive. Also, you’re more likely to have down time ready for a ping throughout the day – particularly throughout 10 a.m.-Three p.m. lull. You can use an app like Mystro to routinely drive for Uber AND Lyft and improve your probabilities of getting a request, however days are sometimes slower than nights.
Often the first and hardest lesson for brand spanking new drivers is the reality that you simply by no means know the place you’re going to find yourself. For me, vacation spot unpredictability is an excessive deterrent to day driving particularly throughout morning and afternoon commute. Nobody likes metropolis gridlock. But throughout the morning commute you’ve received a reasonably good probability of discovering your self in the thick of metropolis visitors. Sometimes it completely messes up your day. Once you’re in gridlock, you’re caught – typically for hours.
UberPOOL and LyftLine throw one other wild card into the combine. If you’ve learn my prior columns you already know I’m not an enormous fan of both. From my expertise, you’re more likely to get pooled rides throughout the day. Not positive why that’s, however it’s an element. It you’re going for the bonus, pooled rides are your quickest approach to 20 rides or 75 rides or 120 rides – so which may argue for day driving.
Bottom Line: You make more cash per hour at night time until you’re going for the per experience bonus.
When do you make extra in ideas?
I don’t have arduous proof on this both approach. My instinct is telling me that passengers tip higher at night time. You make extra at night time when individuals are extra relaxed and convivial.
Also, from my expertise at night time passengers are much less cost-conscious. They’re out having a superb time, splurging, budgets be damned, however throughout the day passengers rely each greenback. Nothing like a number of drinks to stimulate individuals’s giving urge. If you drive on the Lyft platform, revenue from ideas might be vital. If you’re driving for Uber, ideas are few and much between – day or night time.
Bottom Line: Nighttime passengers tip higher.
Which is extra satisfying and fascinating?
This is essentially a matter of private choice so I’ll state mine – I discover night time driving far more fulfilling. People are usually extra harassed throughout the day, they’re targeted on their smartphone, they’re dashing to an appointment. Generally, I’ve discovered individuals much less responsive throughout the day.
At night time, individuals are usually extra relaxed. They’re going to locations they need to go, like events, sporting occasions, live shows, eating places, bars, and that places them in an excellent temper. That places you in a superb temper too.
People are much less doubtless to be careworn about time and extra prepared to share tales. As a author, I thrive on a very good story. It’s what retains me in the recreation. For all the potential hazards of transporting drunks, they’re additionally far more animated and rather more fascinating. If you’re a author like me, night time driving goes to yield a lot better tales.
Bottom Line: It’s a wash – your name.
When will you get higher / worse scores?
Uber truly claims that scores are greater on weekend nights, however that doesn’t line up with my expertise. Drunks particularly are probably to give low scores. They put the pin down in the improper place and whenever you aren’t the place they are, it’s your fault.
The wild card right here is POOL and LyftLine, which have a tendency to drag down scores. You have a tendency to get extra pooled rides throughout the day, which may convey down your general score.
Bottom Line: Night driving brings worse scores.
Which is safer?
No query right here. Night driving is rather more harmful. Visibility is worse. There are extra drunk drivers on the street.
The statistics are fairly clear – you’re 3 times extra probably to get in a deadly accident at night time. You’re more likely to get weird incidents and probably violent passengers. If you do drive at night time, listed here are some precautions you possibly can take to make it safer, courtesy of MMK Law:
- Clean your headlights, taillights, sign lights, and your home windows (in and out, as a result of soiled home windows may cause obtrusive)
- Make positive your headlights are aimed correctly. Headlights that aren’t correctly aimed may cause issues for different drivers and may make it harder for you to see the street
- Don’t drive drunk. Even one drink could make you drained as a result of it acts like a depressant. It isn’t okay to drink and drive
- Do not smoke and drive. The nicotine and carbon monoxide hinder night time imaginative and prescient
- Don’t wait till it is totally darkish to flip in your headlights. Although you should still have the ability to see, turning in your lights makes it simpler for others to see YOU whereas the solar continues to be setting
- Increase your following distance and drive slower. It is more durable to gauge different drivers’ speeds and distances at night time
- Do not put in your excessive beams when following one other driver. It makes it harder for the driver in entrance of you to see, and it may cause an accident
- If an oncoming car is driving with its excessive beams on, you possibly can keep away from the glare by watching the proper fringe of the street and utilizing it as a information to allow you to steer higher
- If you are feeling your self getting drained, cease for snacks and train. Or, in case you are actually too drained to drive it is best to cease and get some sleep than to energy by way of and maintain driving.
Bottom Line: Day driving is safer.
It’s an fascinating query: do you favor day time or nighttime driving? You’ll in all probability make extra driving at night time, however it’s safer (for you and the inside your automotive) to drive throughout the day. So when do you drive and why?
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-John @ RSG
John Ince is a former Fortune reporter and Wall Street banker. He has about 1,000 rides underneath his belt driving half time for Uber and Lyft. He’s writing a e-book about his experiences entitled: Travels With Vanessa: A Rideshare Driver Tries To Make Sense of It all – For a sneak peak go to the hyperlink above.