The most lucrative time to drive for Uber is when it’s down pouring rain.
Plain and simple.
Surge pricing is unusually high, and there’s a very good reason for that.
Not everybody wants to walk or even drive in the rain. This includes Uber drivers too!
That means while demand goes up the supply of drivers dwindle causing the perfect storm for increased prices.
This is great for the drivers who do decide to drive. There’s potential for them to make 4 or 5 times as much money compared to a sunny day outside.
But on the passengers side, it totally sucks. It cost a lot more for a ride than you would typically expect.
But without this real-time pricing algorithm Uber would become what we have always hated about taxis.
An undependable transportation that would not show up as fast as we would like or expect.
We’ve all been there when we called for a taxi, got told 20 minutes, and then they show up an hour or two later making you late for whatever appointment or meeting you had to go to.
Before I go any further, remember two things about Surge pricing.
1.) If you are a customer looking for a ride and sees that the surge is too high, you can always wait 20 minutes and more than likely the surge will be gone or at least lower.
While many customers hate it, without it you wouldn’t be getting rides within minutes most of the time.
The Money Making Side Of Uber Mixed With Rain
Now down to business!
If you are a driver already or a potential driver to be, you came here probably wondering what the money would look like when people are using umbrellas outside.
Well, check out the screen shots below from a Saturday full of rain.
These surges lasted for hours!
If you were caught up in the rain Ubering you would’ve been taking fares up to 4 or 5 times plus the normal rate.
The Entire Bay Area Was In A Frenzy Looking for rides to stay dry and safe.
This wasn’t just one Saturday either.
The next week the same exact thing happened.
Anybody that was out driving was making money like they were a bank.
Staying Safe While Driving In The Rain
Now, like I said, not everybody wants to drive in the rain. The roads are more slippery, and honestly some people just straight out drive like idiots.
I myself don’t like Ubering people around in the rain unless it’s gonna be surging because of the added risk factors that I will incur.
So, with that being said, I wanted to talk about some safe driving tips for those that want to make the extra cheddar while it’s raining.
1.) Take Your Sweet A** Time.
The first few rain drops is when the conditions will be the worst. The oil from the pavement will reveal itself creating much slicker roads until the rain helps wash it away.
Taking a few extra minutes to get to your destination is a great precaution instead of rushing and eventually hydroplaning off the road.
2.) Wait A Few Seconds longer At Red Lights.
You never know who’s tires are in the best condition and who’s brakes are gonna let loose. So, don’t just floor it once the light turns green. Make sure the oncoming vehicles are able to slow down on time for you.
3.) Be Cautious Of Larger Vehicles.
The bigger the vehicle the harder it is for you to control it. That is what you need to think about when you see tractor trailers driving around. It is much harder for them to stay in their own lane when the weather creates slippery conditions.
4.) Turn Your Lights On.
Probably one of the biggest things I get annoyed with. Seeing people driving around in the rain without their headlights on. Your visibility is much smaller and lights help people see you much better.
5.) Give extra space To The Vehicle In Front Of You
Add a few extra car lengths in front of you especially on the highway where everyone is driving faster. With crappy visibility you will need more time to react. The extra space will help you with that.
6.) Keep Both Hands On the Wheel
I’m the type of guy that always drives with one hand. It’s more comfortable for me. But when it comes to rain you need to be fully focused on your obstacles ahead. Especially when it comes to puddles on the road.
Having both hands will help keep you from jerking too much to one side.
Hydroplaning is the basics of you skidding or sliding across a wet surface. This is one of the biggest causes of accidents in rainy conditions.
It typically happens when you’re driving at speeds in excess of 35 MPH. It’s something you should always try to avoid but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you.
The best way to avoid going off the road in these situations is this;
1.) Don’t brake hard. If possible don’t brake at all unless it is to avoid a collision. Since you lost traction braking will cause you to spin out.
2.) Simply, take your foot off the gas pedal. This will let your car slow down naturally giving you more control.
3.) With both hands on the wheel, steer in the direction you want to go.
I’m not an expert, but these tips will help if you knew nothing before.
While it can be lucrative to drive for Uber in the rain it’s also important to be safe about it.
Always make sure your vehicle can handle these conditions by having things like properly inflated tires and as well as tires with a thick enough thread.
I hope this article helped.
What kind of money have you made driving in the rain for Uber?
What are some other tips you have for people that are driving in the rain?
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