Rideshare Driver Profile: Mae
Last Updated on: October 23rd, 2016
First Name: Mae | Age: 41 | Driving around Boston, MA in a 2012 Honda Accord.
1.How long have you been a rideshare driver? 3 months and counting.
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 do web design 24/7.
3. How many hours per week do you rideshare? I drive 10-15 hours a week.
4. What rideshare company are you a part of? Uber, Lyft, Sidecar or all of the above? I only drive with Lyft. It’s too soon to say, I may end up driving with Uber as well. Ask me again in a year!
5. If you drive for more than one company, which do you prefer and why?
As a company, impression and perception wise: Lyft is Target as Uber is Wal-Mart. Lyft is Whole Foods Market as Uber is Dollar Store. Lyft has better drivers and better passengers. Uber has everybody. I prefer Lyft’s business model. It is all about ‘human connection’ and is more gender-inclusive. There are more woman drivers and more women passengers on the Lyft platform.
6. Why do you rideshare? What do you get out of it? I must say I got coerced by my sister. I’m such an easy mark for her but whatever it is, I’m always thankful afterwards. I enjoy driving! I just love the whole concept of ridesharing. It revolutionized public transportation. It is an innovation moving to the right direction. Can’t think of a better, cheaper and safer way to take people where they’re going. Getting paid for doing something you enjoy is icing on the cake.
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…)
Safety is my utmost concern- for myself and for my passenger. I don’t want to have to say one day: “If I didn’t do rideshare that day…” but then I could say the same to everything I do and I’ll probably end up a recluse devoid of life’s adventures and misadventures.
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? When I saw that very first ping to accept a ride, I was so nervous I just stared at my phone until I realized the countdown was nearing 0, I hit ‘accept ride’ just in time. I feel like I had beginner’s luck. My first ride was just too easy. I got a group of college kids where I picked up at a known location and was dropping off to someplace I knew. I got at ease immediately. They were so friendly too!
9. Would you recommend becoming a rideshare driver to your sister, best friend, mom or other women drivers? What would you tell them? Ridesharing is NOT for everyone! I would recommend it to someone I know who is a confident driver. Experience in driving is a big factor. It’s all about making judgment calls on the road.
10. Any memorable experience as a driver? Most memorable rider? I had a male passenger who gave me a $10 tip in cash for a $4.00 ride. I did not want to accept it, it didn’t feel right but he insisted. It was both weird and a nice surprise. My most memorable rider was a young post graduate medical student from England. We had the most intellectually stimulating conversation that lasted 30 minutes. I wished it was longer. I’ll probably never see her again in my life. I wished we exchanged contact information. Is that weird?!
11. What is the most annoying thing about your passengers? What is the most pleasant thing about them? I abhor passengers who cancel after I’ve been driving a mile or so going to their direction. Such a waste of time and energy! I enjoy passengers who are engaging and easy to talk with. I like quiet passengers who are immersed in their own world too! Nothing like a peaceful ride with a great song playing in the background.
12. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop while ridesharing? Why? What happened next? Nope. And I hope it stays that way.
13. If you could add, remove one feature that could help you as a Lyft or Uber driver, what would it be? A rating system overhaul. It is flawed and putting unneeded pressure to drivers. A 0.5 difference in rating is not fair determination of a person’s ability to drive.
14. What music do you listen to while ridesharing? I LOVE Indie Music or songs that aren’t mainstream. I have an acoustic playlist on a USB stick I carry with me. It has over 1000 tracks. I got some classics and acoustic covers too. The songs are low-key and unobtrusive. I get a lot of kudos from my passengers!
15. Favorite Quote?
In English class back in college, we were asked to memorize a prose poem entitled “Desiderata” that stuck with me. I could still recite the entire poem! It is such a hopeful sentiment and so true. I wish it is taught in primary schools and instilled in today’s youth.
“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” -Max Ehrmann
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