Uber and Lyft have grown tremendously over the past few years. Rideshare companies now boast of millions of drivers throughout the world. If you are one of these drivers, I bet you have very unique needs and also have access to some opportunities other workers don’t.
Certain companies have developed very innovative and useful products to help you meet your unique needs as a rideshare driver. You can advertise products in your car, connect with other drivers, learn about tax deductions for Lyft and Uber drivers, get great deals on gas, know where most passengers are, and avoid accidents. You are missing out if you are not taking advantage of these products:
Cargo is a service that allows Uber drivers to sell small items such as candy, chocolate, USB cables, and cosmetics to their passengers. Cargo has partnered with the suppliers of the products to help them drive sales and brand exposure.
You can make money off Cargo items if passengers order paid items or take free samples. Most of the items on sale are under $5 and passengers are allowed to give a tip through the Cargo platform. Cargo’s website can be accessed from a mobile browser.
Using Cargo is a convenient way to earn a few hundred bucks every month. Since it costs a driver nothing to set up Cargo, using Cargo can only result in profits. Having Cargo products also enhances the ride experience for a passenger as they will have access to an assortment of items they can consume in the car or take home.
As an Uber driver, a car accident can cost you your livelihood or life. Even if the accident is due to no fault of your own, you can end up incurring unnecessary costs in the event you are unable to prove that you made no mistake.
To help you avoid car accidents and to record exactly what transpires in the event of an accident, a dash cam that utilizes artificial intelligence has now been made available for rideshare drivers. You don’t actually have to buy a new camera. All you have to do is download an app to your phone. The app’s AI will ensure that it picks up things such as a car in front of you coming to an abrupt halt or a big truck coming towards you from a blind spot. Your phone will then bleep loudly to warn you of the danger.
Since the app also records video footage of your journey and what is happening in front of you, you will have video evidence to get yourself out of liabilities when you are not at fault. When faced with an unruly or violent passenger, you can also use the camera to record your interactions with them as proof of what actually happened.
The Passenger Apps
The passenger versions of the rideshare apps you are using are valuable tools for evaluating your competition. If you open the Uber passenger app for instance, you can see how many drivers are in your location. If you are a smart driver, you will move away from locations that have few passengers and lots of drivers hanging around.
The Uber app allows passengers to move a pin to change their location. If you know the highly populated areas that have lots of pings, you can move the pin to see how many drivers are near those locations. If there aren’t many drivers in a highly-populated area, you will find it easier to get pings in those locations.
One of the biggest expense items for any rideshare driver is gas. If you want to save money on gas, you should definitely use the GasBuddy app. Gas stations charge different prices for gas and the few dollars you will save by going to the cheapest gas station near you can add up to a lot of money over time. You can search for gas stations by location and filter them by fuel type.
HONK Roadside Assistance
If you encounter any mechanical issues or lock yourself out of your car, HONK can come to your rescue. All you have to do is click a help button and a HONK driver will come to you. The service is available throughout the United States.
The HONK app will also give you the HONK driver’s name and phone number as soon as they start moving towards you. You can call the driver if you need to. After the issue in question has been resolved, the card you have on file will be charged and a receipt emailed to you. You can call HONK for almost all the roadside problems you can face as an Uber driver including situations such as locking yourself out of your car, getting stuck in a ditch, running out of fuel, having a flat tire, and when you want to jump start the battery or tow your car.
If you love picking passengers from the airport, having FlightStats can be a life-saver. From FlightStats, you can see live flight information for your local airport and schedule your trips to the airport accordingly. Drives from the airport to the city centre are often long and can be very profitable if you know what you are doing.
CoPilot is a service that helps companies grow their brands by helping them introduce their products to Uber passengers. If you partner with CoPilot, you will make money by introducing your passengers to new interesting products. This can be in the form of in-car product demos or exterior car advertising.