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We recently had several students share their experiences using the rideshare apps before coming to us.
Their stores were very revealing.
We wanted to combine their experiences in this article for those considering working on these rideshare platforms.
They all shared how exciting it was to drive in the beginning:
- controlling their schedules
- not having a boss
- meeting new people
Things Quickly Changed
They were looking to earn part-time income to supplement their jobs. Almost without exception they also shared how things quickly changed.
In one case a student had a slight fender bender while driving a rider. She was horrified to discover that the rideshare platform's insurance deductible was 2,500 dollars!
(A fact that wasn't mentioned in anything she remembers seeing when joining the platform).
When checking with her insurance company she learned that driving for commercial purposes (Uber, Lyft, or Delivery) is actually against the terms of your insurance.
This means if you get into an accident things can get complicated. You must carry commercial rideshare insurance on your vehicle. There are no exceptions to this rule in any community.
Should your passenger experience an injury in an accident, whether it was your fault or not, then they could potentially hold you liable for their medical expenses and other costs.
Because most Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors and not employees, this means your assets are on the line in this circumstance.
Damaging Their Cars
They didn't realize the poor conditions, (potholes, etc.) of city streets until they started. All shared similar stories about how rideshare takes a horrible toll on your car.
- frequent oil changes
- more car washes
And of course, the rising cost of gasoline has to be taken into account. According to Google, most rideshare drivers spend $150 a week on gas.
After a couple of months the math became painfully clear: