Are you looking to start driving for a ridesharing company like Uber or Lyft, but don’t have a car to use? That’s a problem that we have a solution to. With HyreCar we make it extremely easy to rent a car for Uber or Lyft and start driving today.
Note: if you haven’t signed up to Uber yet do this ASAP! Their background check process can take time to complete, the quicker you sign up, the better.
- Sign up here for Uber
- Sign up here for Lyft
Here’s our step by step guide to getting you out on the road and making money. You’ll be renting a car in no time.
What Is Uber?
For a long time, Uber’s catch phrase was “Your private driver,” which does a pretty good job of explaining the service’s premise. Uber is a car service made up of independent contractors who transport you using their personal vehicles. It’s similar to a taxi or private driving service, except that the drivers work for themselves and you can request the rides on demand, at any time, using a smartphone.
Uber also uses GPS and digital mapping technologies to allow you to track the progress of your ride and estimate your arrival time. All payment is handled through the Uber mobile app, ensuring that you never have to worry about having cash or letting a stranger handle your credit card.
Uber was founded in 2009 by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, and the service launched in San Francisco in 2011. The company was originally intended as a service to hire high-end “black cars” at a cheaper price than traditional private driving services. Uber expanded its services in 2012 to include UberX, which allowed owners of non-luxury vehicles to drive for Uber after passing a background check and meeting the company’s other requirements.
UberX is now the company’s flagship service, though they have since expanded into food delivery and a variety of other rideshare options that we’ll discuss later in this article. The company is now run by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
How Does Uber Work?
If you’ve never used Uber, taking your first ride can seem like magic. While the service is a marvel of modern technology, the basic premise of Uber is quite simple. You pull out your smartphone, open the app and type in your desired location.
Uber will use your phone’s GPS to get your current location and provide an estimated cost of your ride to your destination. The cost depends on a variety of factors including the vehicle you select, the time and your local market.
Once you’ve chosen the vehicle, you then request the ride. The app will contact nearby Uber drivers, and once a driver has accepted your ride request, you’ll see a notification that they’re on their way. You can see your driver’s current location on a map and stay updated on when they’ll arrive. The driver can also contact you if they run into unexpected delays such as traffic.
When the driver has arrived at your location, you’ll receive a notification. The app also will tell you the driver’s name and the make, model and license plate number of their car. This way, you can ensure that you’re getting in to the correct vehicle. Many vehicles also display a sticker or sign in the window indicating that the driver is working for Uber.
Once you’re in the vehicle, the driver will confirm your destination and you’ll be on your way. During the ride, you can continue to use the Uber app to track your current location and the estimated time to your destination. This part of the process is pretty much like riding in a traditional cab, except there’s no need to worry about a meter or handling any cash — the rate is already set and paid through the app.
After the driver drops you off, he or she will then mark the ride as “Complete” and be on their way to pick up their next passenger. You’ll then have the opportunity to rate the driver on a scale of 1-5 stars, leave any comments or feedback, and give the driver a tip if you desire (more on tipping below).
There are a few more details that will vary based on your city and the type of ride you select.
Intrigued and ready to try it out for yourself? Then read on to find out how to sign up and take your first Uber ride.
How Much Does Uber Cost?
One common question new riders have is how much Uber will cost. Will it save you money over a traditional taxi? Is it cheaper than driving your personal vehicle? How does it compare to public transit?
Let’s break down the different factors Uber uses to calculates your fare to get a better understanding of what you’ll pay.
First, it’s important to understand that there are two ways Uber calculates your fares: upfront fares and post-trip fares. The type depends on your city. We’ll look at upfront fares first.
Upfront Uber Fares
The upfront fare is the most common, and it’s a major advantage of using Uber over a traditional taxi. The fare you pay will be displayed once you’ve selected your destination and pickup location. You know exactly what the ride will cost before your driver even arrives.
How does Uber calculate upfront fares? According to their website, upfront fares are determined using the following information:
- A base rate – This is the minimum amount you pay to take any Uber ride, which ensures that drivers always receive reasonable compensation. The base rate depends on your city and is subject to change. You can get a sense of your city’s base rate using a fare estimator, which we’ll discuss below.
- Rates for estimated time and distance of the route – These charges account for the distance (which can be known in advance using GPS) and the time (which Uber can estimate but is subject to change due to traffic, road closures and other conditions that are difficult to predict).
- The current demand for rides in the area – Basic economics apply to Uber: the higher the demand, the higher the price. You can expect higher prices during rush hour, late at night when bars close, and if there are sporting events, concerts or other events happening.
Let’s examine a theoretical trip in Nashville. Using Uber’s official Fare Estimate tool, here’s a breakdown of the price for a trip using UberX between two relatively central locations in the city:
Using all these variables, Uber estimates a trip cost of $14-$19.
If you’re curious to estimate fares for yourself, use Uber’s official Fare Estimate tool. Just put in any two addresses in a location where Uber operates, and Uber will show you estimated costs for all the types of service available in your area.
To make sure you’re saving money, you can also use the Ridester Uber Fare Estimator, which allows you to estimate both Uber and Lyft fares between different addresses.
Post-Trip Uber Fares
For some cities, local regulations don’t allow Uber to provide upfront fares. Instead, you’ll receive notification of the total trip charge once you’ve completed your ride. Other than that, the process of taking and paying for the ride is exactly the same as one with an upfront fare.
While post-trip fares can be frustrating, you can still use one of the fare estimate tools we discussed above to get a rough sense of what your ride will cost. If you use Uber regularly, you’ll gain an idea of what costs will be through experience.
Uber Vehicle Options
When you open up the Uber app and input your destination, you’ll be presented with a wide variety of vehicle options. All these options can be overwhelming, and it’s important to understand which is right for you so that you don’t choose the wrong one or pay too much. The exact options will depend on your local market, but here’s a breakdown of the most common Uber offerings:
- UberX – This is the standard Uber service. It provides a private ride in a standard car for up to four passengers, and it’s available in most markets.
- UberXL – If you need to carry a larger group of people without spending a ton of extra money, then you can use UberXL. These vehicles can carry up to six passengers, making them perfect for nights out with a big group or for larger families.
- UberBLACK – This is a ride in a black luxury vehicle. You will pay substantially more for this option, but it can be nice for special occasions such as a date or important business meeting. This service is also widely available.
- UberSUV – You can think of UberSUV as UberBLACK for groups. This is a high-end service, and you’ll pay accordingly. UberSUV can accommodate up to six passengers, and the drivers tend to dress and behave very professionally, making it a similar experience to a private car service you’d use for a business function.
- UberSELECT – This service is somewhere between UberX and UberBLACK. The cars are high-end luxury sedans or SUVs, but they don’t have to be black and won’t cost you quite as much as an UberBLACK ride.
- UberLUX – This is the most high-end Uber option available. You can expect to ride in a luxury car such as a Rolls Royce or a Tesla Model X. When you need to make a remarkable first impression, this is the car to go for. Due to the high-end nature, availability is limited, and you can also expect to pay very premium prices — the highest of any Uber services.
- UberPET – If you need to bring your pet and want to ensure that your driver will be comfortable with it, you can use UberPET. This service is only available in select markets and you’ll pay an extra surcharge of $2 to use it.
- UberPOOL – If you’re looking to save money and don’t mind sharing your ride with other passengers, then you can use UberPOOL. The service allows you and up to one other person to request a ride at a discounted fare. Along the way, Uber will find other riders who are headed in the same direction as you, and the driver will stop to pick them up. This helps to keep costs down. While you should expect additional pickups and dropoffs during your trip, it’s also possible that you’ll be the only one on the ride; it just depends on the current demand.
- UberWAV – WAV stands for wheelchair accessible vehicle. This service will give you access to a van that can accommodate riders in a wheelchair. Uber also notes that “uberWAV driver-partners are certified by a third party in safely driving and assisting people with disabilities,” so you can rest assured that entering and exiting the vehicle will be a breeze. The service is available in select cities.
As we already mentioned, the precise vehicle options available to you will depend on the market. In some countries, for example, you can even request rides in boats or rickshaws, and Uber is also working on plans to offer helicopter service in the future.
In general, however, UberX, UberXL and UberBLACK are the most widely available services across markets in the United States.
How to Take Your First Uber Ride
Now that you’ve signed up for the app, have an understanding of how much your ride will cost and know the difference between the various Uber vehicle options, you’re ready to hop in an Uber for the first time and start exploring your town. Taking your first ride can be intimidating. To take the mystery out of the process, here’s exactly how to take your first Uber ride, including what to do before, during and after the ride.
Before the Ride
Let’s go into a bit more detail about how to request an Uber ride. Just follow these steps:
- Open the app.
- Type in your destination. You can also select a location on the map. It’s also a good idea to verify that your pickup location is correct, especially if you’re in an area with one-way streets or other unusual roads.
- Select your vehicle type.
- Tap “Confirm.” You can also a schedule a ride for later, which we’ll discuss below in the Frequently Asked Questions. Once you hit “Confirm,” Uber will match you with the nearest available driver.
- Wait for confirmation that the driver has accepted your ride.
- Await pickup.
While you’re waiting, you’ll be able to see the driver’s progress and your remaining wait time in the Uber app. You can also contact the driver via text or call if you have any questions or need to give them any special pickup instructions. The driver will also be able to contact you in case they’re running late or have a question about where to pick you up.
Tip: For easy pickup, be sure to wait in the spot you specified to the driver, especially if you’re in a crowded area or getting picked up at an apartment complex.
During the Ride
Once you see the driver, they’ll often roll down their window and confirm your name. They’re not required to do this, but it’s a common courtesy that ensures they’re picking up the correct person. This is especially important if they’re picking you up somewhere busy such as outside a club, bar or sporting event.
Once you’ve verified that it’s the correct driver, you can get in the car. If you have a bag, suitcase or other item that you’d like to put in the trunk, the driver may offer to assist you if they are able. If you’re traveling with a group, be sure to discuss who wants to sit where before the driver arrives in order to avoid a delay.
Feel free to make small talk with the driver, but don’t feel like you have to force it. If you’re traveling, be sure to let your driver know — they may be able to give you some recommendations about things to do while you’re in town. Above all, just be polite.
Don’t be afraid to ask the driver if there’s something they can do (within reason) to make your drive more comfortable, such as changing the music or adjusting the heat or air conditioning.
When the driver reaches your destination, they’ll do their best to let you off in the spot that’s most convenient for you. Of course, depending on the traffic and geography of where they’re dropping you off, it may not always be possible for them to get you directly in front of your destination.
After the Ride
Once the ride is over, the Uber app will send a message asking you to rate the ride. When the driver first accepted your ride, you may have seen a star rating next to their picture. These ratings are the result of previous riders’ evaluations of the driver, and now you have the opportunity to make your voice heard.
Once you’ve given a rating that you think is appropriate, Uber will also give you the chance to go into more detail. If you leave five stars, they’ll give you some options to describe what you liked about the ride; if you give fewer, then they’ll ask for suggestions on how the driver could improve in the future.
Finally, the app will ask if you want to give the driver a tip. While tips are not required, they are appreciated; they help drivers offset the cost of operating their vehicle. Not to mention, they’re a way for you to say thanks for great service. Uber will provide set amounts you can tip, and you can also input a custom amount. There’s nothing wrong with tipping the driver a couple dollars in cash before they drop you off if you prefer.
Things You Should Know First
You may be asking yourself “Why use HyreCar to rent out a car instead of other renting/leasing service?” Here’s why:
- No contracts! We make the process as easy as possible for you. Just head to our marketplace, click book and you’re good to go.
- Want to try Uber out but don’t want to commit to a lease? We do daily car rentals. Try ridesharing for 2 days and see if you like it. If you don’t, return the car, no problem! We’re not looking to lock you into a restrictive and borderline scam like lease like our competitors.
- There’s a huge variety of cars to pick from. Whether you want to drive for Uber black, X, SUV, or any of the other tiers of ridesharing.
- It’s a free marketplace. The prices are decided by the car owners, not us. Car owners compete against each other for your business, this naturally brings the price down for you.
- Insurance is already built into the total price, so you don’t have to worry about that. We take care of everything for you. Just click the book button and you are good to go. For more info about our insurance policy, see here
- Our insurance covers you completely in case of an accident.
- Other rental companies cap the miles you can drive far too low. In response, we’ve doubled the miles cap. This means you will be able to drive for an extra long shift and make even more money without having to worry about paying tons of extra fees.
Step 1: Choose a car
1. Go to our marketplace by visiting HyreCar.com. You’ll notice it’s easy to navigate and we have plenty of options. It should look like the above image.2. Pick a car! Whichever car best works for you, we have it!3. Click “Book Now”
4. Put in the dates you would like to book the car. Remember, we require you to book for at least 2 days.
Here’s a tip: Look for car owners that are labelled as “highly responsive owners” and if there are none then find a car that’s been rented within the past week. We want to guarantee you are renting a car from a responsive and motivated person also looking to make money from their car.
Step 4: Extending your rental / returning the car
When your booking period is complete, you have two options – either extend your rental or return the car.
To extend the rental log into your driver dashboard, click on your car and click “extend”. You will be automatically billed. Your insurance will be extended and you will be good to go! This takes all of 5 seconds of your time.
If you’ve decided ride sharing isn’t for you, or you just need to take a few days off, return the car to the owner at the end of your rental period.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Make sure to click “confirm dropoff” on the app or website.. If you don’t do this you will get charged late fees. The car owner must also click “confirm dropoff”, it is in your best interest to confirm with the owner that they have clicked this.
After a few weeks of driving using HyreCar, you will start having options.
Options available to you that just weren’t there before.
Want to finally buy yourself a new car and ditch HyreCar? Now you can.
Want to go on that vacation you’ve always wanted to? Return the car and go! You’re not locked into any contracts!
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Welcome to the ridesharing revolution.
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How to Use Lyft and Uber in Disney World
Follow our easy step-by-step guide to using Uber and Lyft at Disney World.’
- First download either the Lyft or Uber app and sign up for an account.
- You can get $20 off your first Uber ride when you use our discount code “gavind714ue” or sign up through our link. You can get $20 of credit for Lyft if you use our discount code “GAVIN341751”. Even if you have already used one of the apps before there is high chance that someone in your group hasn’t yet so why not get that extra Uber Disney World discount. And then once you are signed up for the app you can give your own code out for people to use and then you will get a credit to your account too!
- Once you are ready to go and all signed up for an account, you will be presented with a map screen where you can drop a pin or type in the address where you want to be picked up.
- Uber and Lyft both classify their types of cars and services into different categories that include a shared carpool, a car that can fit four people, and a car that can fit 6-8. You can also select a luxury or regular type of car as well. You can see the varying prices for these levels of cars. Unless you have a large family of 5+ people, the regular UberX or Lyft regular will be sufficient.
- Once you pressed the button to call the driver, you will see a time show up on the screen and information on the Uber or Lyft driver appear in the bottom third of the screen.
- You can track the car as it approaches on the map and contact the Uber driver via the contact button below their name if they get lost or are taking longer than expected.
- At the end of your ride you will be billed for the trip and will have the option to rate the driver and leave a tip. Tips are not expected and the feature only recently came to the Uber app.
New Disney World Minnie Vans Review
Since they were introduced in 2017, Minnie Vans have become one of the easiest ways to get around Disney World–not to mention how cute they are.
This new service is a special option inside the Lyft app. You follow the exact same instructions for using the app that are explained above, however you will need to activate the Minnie Van option by visiting the concierge of your Disney World hotel or activating the service via your My Disney Experience app.
Unlike the surge pricing in the Uber and Lyft apps, the pricing for Minnie Vans stays consistent. This new service is locked in with a $25 fee and will take you directly from your pickup location to your destination.Though usually more expensive than normal Uber and Lyft rides (sometimes about 1.5x the price), it can work out to about the same price (or in rare cases, even cheaper) when choosing to take a Minnie Van. The new service is definitely less expensive than a taxi at Disney World. The true beauty of this new ride-calling service is that the cars can get closer to your destination than any of the other ride-sharing cars. They have the ability to travel in the bus lane that is reserved for Disney World vehicles.
The cars themselves are comfortable and are the latest Chevy Traverse SUV or another Chevrolet van for the wheelchair and ECV friendly service cars. Some of the kindest top Cast Members from throughout the entire resort will serve as your Minnie Van drivers. When they were working on this new program, they picked out the top rated Cast Members who would be the most reliable and conversational.
Another important feature of the Minnie Vans to mention is that they include car-seats for your children at not extra cost. This was always the limiting factor of taking Disney World Uber as most cars did not have car seats for the kids in Disney World. There are also cars that accessible for the disabled and can accomodate wheelchairs.
Beginning in January 2018, Minnie Vans are available from every Deluxe Disney World resort hotel. The Minnie Vans will eventually be rolled out to the entire resort but for now they are working out slowly. The new hotels to receive the new service will be Deluxe Villas and Disney Vacation Club resorts. The Old Key West Disney Vacation Club and Deluxe Villas already have service. If the service proves to be popular, expect to see the Moderate resorts receive access to the Minnie Vans as we prepare for Summer 2018.
Pros of Using Disney World Uber or Disney World Lyft
Part of the fantastic experience of visiting Walt Disney World is the fantastic “Disney bubble” that is created during the vacation. That’s why we stay at the Disney World hotel on property and really don’t leave. You’re immersed in the magic.
- Stay Immersed in the Disney World Magic: With that in mind, taking Uber or Lyft keep you immersed without having to deal with the difficulty of driving that you if you got a Disney World rental car. You also won’t have to worry about parking passes or filling up gas tanks.
- Direct transportation: Next, while Disney World has a fantastic transportation system, waiting for buses and monorails can be exhausting especially if it is late at night and you would need to make a couple of transfers before getting back to the hotel for the night.
- Front of park access: With Uber and Lyft becoming more common options for guests, Disney World Cast Members are becoming familiar with it, too. Cast Members at parking stations will allow the drivers to pass to the very front of the park drop off if the driver makes it known they are there for a guest drop-off and show an ID. The Minnie Vans have even better access and can go places that not Lyft and Uber Disney World cars cannot.
- Quick Uber and Lyft pickup time: The concentration of Uber and Lyft drivers around Disney World has increased in recent years. With that said, the average wait time for a Lyft or Uber Disney World pick up anywhere in the resort is only around 5 minutes.
- Safety with drivers and background checks: In addition to the Uber and Lyft background checks for every driver, there is a five star rating system. When you finish a Disney World ride, you can give your driver a certain number of stars based on the experience you’ve had. Uber drivers face the risk of being dropped from the service if their rating goes below 4.5 stars. You read that correctly. An Uber driver needs to hold at LEAST a 90% positive rating! This is the difference between the horrid stories everyone has of New York Taxi Cab Services and Uber.
Cons of Using Disney World Uber or Lyft
When traveling from the airport to Disney World, you will be charge a small additional fee that is added when the app sees that you are getting picked up inside the airport.
Another con of Uber/Lyft is their surge pricing. This one is pretty major. Surge pricing is enabled when the drivers are being used near capacity. If there aren’t enough drivers to keep up with the current demand, surge pricing takes effect and the rides become a bit more expensive (around 1.5 to 2 times the normal cost). This enables the ones who needs rides the most a chance to still get around.
The app will notify you when surge pricing is active in case you’d like to wait a few minutes for the traffic to calm back down. You can also set it to notify you if the surge ends. While still cheaper than the ordinary taxi, surge pricing can put a damper into a rather great service. On the bright side, with the recent flood of drivers to the Walt Disney World area, surge pricing is becoming less and less common. If it happens, you can expect it around 8-10 am, and 9-11pm, when most of the park guests are arriving and leaving from the resorts. This is another pro for using the Minnie Vans service as it always keep the same price of $20 for each trip.
Disney World Uber and Lyft WDW Tips
Where to Get Drop Off With Uber at Disney World
While you can get to all of the Disney World theme parks with Uber and Lyft, there are a couple of trips to use when entering the destination for your trip.
Magic Kingdom: The standard pickup/drop off location is the “Ticket and Transportation Center”. To avoid being dropped off across the lagoon from the Magic Kingdom, enter the Contemporary Resort as your destination and enjoy a short walk to the entrance.
Epcot: Enter “Epcot Bus Stop” into the app, and you’ll be taken to the bus drop off area of Epcot. The park is then to your left!
Animal Kingdom: Animal kingdom features a rather long road leading to the park entrance, so the pickups/drop offs can take a bit longer for this one. It’s still straightforward. Simply enter “Animal Kingdom” into the app, and you’ll be taken to the taxi drop off area.
Hollywood Studios: Again, all you need to enter into the app is “Hollywood Studios”. This will take you to the main parking lot. This tends to be the simplest of the parks to use Lyft or Uber Disney World.
Be Kind to Your Driver
The same way that you can submit a rating of your Disney World Uber and Lyft driver, they rank you after every trip. This rating stays with your profile and displays every time that you request a ride.
My mom is very proud to have a perfect five star score–especially after one driver was so excited because he had never met one before! Anyways, be sure to be nice to the drivers and they will be nice to you.
Inform Your Driver Of Your Exact Location
When a driver accepts your pickup request, they are able to see your location via GPS. With all the modern enhancements of GPS, sometimes it can act a little strange. The best solution is to inform your driver with as much information as possible. Immediately after requesting your ride, you can message the driver exactly where you are, what you’re wearing, and how to get to you. This can greatly speed up the process.
Don’t Leave Anything Behind in Your Uber Disney World
Make it a habit to check the seats before you leave the car. Nothing would be worse than forgetting an essential bag during your Disney World vacation.
You would not want to leave behind your Disney World tickets! (You can get discount Disney World tickets 2018 here.
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Gas Saving Tips For Uber And Lyft Drivers
Some of these fuel saving techniques are simple and easy. You may already be doing some of them. Others will take some effort and a bit of investment upfront. The good news, however, is that these small investments now can pay big dividends in the future, saving you far more in fuel, keeping your engine healthy, and helping you drive more efficiently.
- Lighten the load. This is perhaps the simplest way to save money on gas. Every pound you remove from the trunk and passenger cabin is one less pound you have to haul around, so clear out some space and enjoy a more fuel efficient ride.
- Reset your gas cap. If your gas cap is loose or not properly seated, you are allowing gas fumes to escape into the air. This will reduce your fuel economy. Take a few minutes to check the seal on your gas cap, tightening it until it clicks into place.
- Don’t let your car idle too long and don’t drive around unnecessarily. If you don’t have a passenger in the car and you’re in an area where you’re likely to get a request, pull over and turn the car off if you can (parking lot or standing zone).
- Let your car drift up to stop signs. Instead of stepping on the brakes when you get there, let your car slow down as you approach the stop sign. You will use less fuel and experience less wear and tear on your brakes. It also makes for a smoother ride for passengers.
- Accelerate slowly. When you stop at a stop sign or red light, pull out slowly and cautiously. Slower and more careful acceleration are better for your safety – and your fuel economy.
- Watch your speed. Driving too fast can really take a toll on your fuel economy, so stick to the speed limit.
- Use cruise control where you can. Driving at a consistent speed is good for your fuel economy, so use your cruise control whenever it is practical to do so. If your car is equipped with adaptive cruise control, you may be able to engage it even while driving in heavy traffic.
- Use the right oil. Simply using the proper weight oil can reduce your fuel consumption, so check your owner’s manual and stock up on the right oil. Be sure to change the oil at the recommended intervals – doing so retains the lubricating qualities your engine needs. You may even want to consider switching to synthetic oil. Synthetic oil cause less wear and tear on the engine (less friction), which will keep your engine healthier longer.
- Buy a tire pressure gauge and keep your tires inflated. Driving on under-inflated tires is dangerous, and also bad for your fuel economy. Keep your tires properly inflated – and check the pressure every time you gas up.
- Change your air filter. A dirty air filter will make your engine less efficient, and that means lower fuel economy. Check your air filter regularly, and get a new one if it is clogged or dirty.
Also, consider getting a Costco membership and download the free GasBuddy app. While the Costco membership costs $60, buying gas there can save you up to $0.30 per gallon. You can use the GasBuddy app to find the cheapest gas around your location.
If you drive for Uber, Lyft, or a delivery service like Doordash or Postmates, it’s important to keep your expenses in check. Utilizing these tips can help you do just that, and drive profitably.