Rideshare Driver Profile: Iedda
Last Updated on: October 23rd, 2016
First Name: Iedda | Age: 37 | Driving around DC/Maryland/Virginia in a 2006 Dodge Magnum
1. How long have you been a rideshare driver? 7 months
2. Are you doing this full time or part-time? If part-time, what is your day job or what industry are you in? Part time. I am a stay at home mom & I also run my blog as well as teach people how to make money using unconventional methods.
3. How many hours per week do you rideshare? Less than 25 hours weekly as the times that I drive, I am making a great profit.
4. What rideshare company are you a part of? Uber.
5. If you drive for more than one company, which do you prefer and why? Currently, I only drive for Uber however I may explore other options in the future.
6. Why do you rideshare? What do you get out of it? I started driving for rideshare for the money. However what I have gotten out of it has far exceeded my expectations! I enjoy the networking, meeting new people as well as making money by having something that resembles a social life. I work club nights and this allows me to live through younger people without requiring the energy to hangout. My energy stays up because I am able to have fun while making money at my leisure.
7. What concerns you most about being a rideshare driver? (Safety, Accident, Insurance, Drunk passengers, Wear and tear of car, Mileage, People hitting on you or making a pass, Rating system, other (please explain…) This is a common question however my answer remains the same. I keep my head on a swivel which means I am always aware of what is going on around me. I drive with my pepper spray on my seat away from my passenger’s sight and I ensure that my vehicle is always locked, whether there is a passenger in my vehicle or not. Luckily, I have never had an experience with a rude or unbearable rider. Everyone seems to be mindful of their actions and have been good spirited people.
8. Take us back to the very first ride you ever gave. How was the experience? Any jitters? Did you make a mistake? Wrong turn, forgot to hit buttons on the app? Did you talk to your passenger’s? Were you hooked instantly? My very first ride, I was extremely nervous. I recall picking up a business woman from the Department of Agriculture. She was very friendly and immediately took a call and proceeded to speak in another language on her phone. After 15 minutes we arrived safely at her destination and she thanked me for my service. I can recall as soon as she exited my vehicle asking myself out loud, “so why were you nervous?” I was instantly hooked. That 15 minute fare turned out to be the easiest $25 I have ever made. Surge pricing is the best!
9. Would you recommend becoming a rideshare driver to your sister, best friend, mom or other women drivers? What would you tell them? Yes, I and two of my sisters all drive for Uber along with at least 5 other female friends. We all love the flexibility to work when it best works with our schedules, the ability to decide when you have reached your goal, and not to mention the weekly payout.
10. Any memorable experience as a driver? Most memorable rider? I have many memorable moments. However one that touched me the most was of a young guy (21 years old) who was taking an Uber to see a girl for the first time at her place. It was a 25 minute ride on a Saturday night and he spoke to her the whole ride there. Within 5 minutes of arriving to the destination (the young lady on the phone) decided that she had changed her mind about having company. My heart broke for this guy as we approached the apartment complex. He basically began to beg her to come up. After reluctantly asking me to return him back to where I picked him up at, the young lady soon after decided to give him the “exact” address and allowed him to come up… 15 minutes later. I didn’t want to leave him and actually felt really bad for him. Women can be so cruel sometimes, myself included.
11. What is the most annoying thing about your passengers? What is the most pleasant thing about them?
The most annoying is when passengers slam my car door as if we just had an argument, lol. The most pleasant is when I have a long fare going to the airport and the passenger and I have a great conversation along the way. Many therapy sessions have been had in my car. I am learning a lot from strangers.
12. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop while ridesharing? Why? What happened next? Never!
13. If you could add, remove one feature that could help you as a Lyft or Uber driver, what would it be? As an Uber Driver, I would add a feature allowing the rider to give an estimate on how soon they are in need of a ride. I have arrived at locations within 3 minutes and the rides were cancelled due to the rider needing more time.
14. What music do you listen to while ridesharing? I listen to a local station that is very popular among a wide demographic. Music selection has never been an issue.
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