Rideshare Driver Profile: Maddi
Last Updated on: October 23rd, 2016
First Name: Maddi | Age: 24 | Driving around Cleveland, OH in a 2012 Nissan Sentra.
1. How long have you been a rideshare driver? 9 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? I drive part time. I also work 20 hours a week doing data entry, and am a full time student studying software development.
3. How many hours per week do you rideshare? It varies a lot, my schedule gets crazy. I am for 20 hours a week.
4. What rideshare company are you a part of? Uber, Lyft, Sidecar or all of the above? Uber & Lyft.
5. If you drive for more than one company, which do you prefer and why? I prefer Lyft over Uber. As a driver, the support is much better with Lyft. I also think when I have a Lyft passenger, the atmosphere is more laid back and fun, whereas with Uber, I am expected to be more professional (read: boring).
6. Why do you rideshare? What do you get out of it? I started driving for the extra cash, but now it’s about a little bit more than that. I love having the opportunity to meet so many different kinds of people. I’ve learned a lot of fun and interesting things from my passengers.
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…) People ask me this question all the time! I do worry a tiny bit about my safety, but the way I see it is that the vast majority of rideshare passengers are genuinely good people. I have pepper spray on me at all times, but I am more worried about the possibility of drunk passengers throwing up in my car than of something bad happening to me.
8. Take us back to the 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? The first ride I ever gave is still one of my favorites! I was super nervous. They were a couple around my age. I had a little bit of trouble finding the apartment building & had to call them, which made me even more nervous; I thought they might get annoyed with me. They turned out to be two of the nicest passengers I’ve ever had. I told them it was my first trip & they were so excited. We had a great time!
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 definitely would. The best advice I could give is to be safe, but have fun! It’s an awesome opportunity to make new friends.
10. Any memorable experience as a driver? Most memorable rider? I had a really funny Amish passenger once. He was explaining to me that we have too much grass in Cleveland, and we should be growing crops there instead. He was so excited about farming, & he wrote in my review “she loves to farm.”
11. What is the most annoying thing about your passengers? What is the most pleasant thing about them?
Sometimes I get annoyed if passengers are really loud, yelling in the backseat. But, that’s expected when you’re driving late night on the weekends, so I try not to let it bother me. The most pleasant passengers are the ones who make good conversation.
12. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop while ridesharing? Why? What happened next? Nope! (Knock on wood!)
13. If you could add, remove one feature that could help you as a Lyft or Uber driver, what would it be? Definitely add tipping to the Uber Partner app. Passengers tell me all the time that if it was there, they would use it.
14. What music do you listen to while ridesharing? When the passenger gets in my car, I like to ask what their favorite song is, & start Spotify radio based on that song.
15. Favorite Quote?
“I didn’t say I liked it. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference.” — Oscar Wilde
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