Cheaper to Rideshare than own a Car?

Is it Cheaper to own a car or Rideshare to work?

The answer to this question depends heavily on where you live and how much driving you do.  A recent study highlighted 4 major cities where the study determined it is cheaper to Uber than it is to won a car.  Before reading the answer below try and guess which 4 cities the study determined are cheaper to Uber than to own a car.

These 4 Major cities its cheaper to Uber:

  1. Chicago
  2. Washington DC
  3. Los Angeles
  4. New York
Los Angeles one of 4 cities found in study where ridesharing is more affordable than owning a car.

The study done by Mary Meeker highlighted that 4 out of the top 5 largest cities in American that you can actually save money by utilizing a ride sharing service instead of owning a car to get back an forth from work.  At first this may be shocking, but when you begin to consider the wear and tear that is put on a vehicle, especially in stop and go traffic then it is no surprise that after gas, insurance, and repairs ride sharing becomes a more appealing option.

A major area of convenience larger cities have is the volume of uber drivers available.  5 years ago taking a taxi required planning and patience in order to arrive on time.  Now with ride sharing becoming more and more popular it is not uncommon for a customer to turn on their app and have a driver outside waiting for them within minutes of their request.  This provides almost the same level of flexibility that owning your own car provides.

An additional benefit of utilizing a ride sharing company for your commute is you are free to drink your morning cup of coffee while reading, checking your email, or texting all without the concern of causing an accident or getting an expensive ticket.

Car Sharing Safe for Women?

Uber is a leading car hailing company which has its business worldwide.  The online transportation company comes up with unconventional ideas and offers to attract the drivers and the riders.

Inspite, of being the leading company in the transportation market, Uber often gets involved in controversial issues. The fact that Uber is unsafe for women is the talk of the town after the reports on the Uber drivers sexually harassing the female passengers.

A new ride sharing company launched its business in April 19th, 2016, and the interesting aspect of this new company is that, it has only women drivers and they ride only women and boys under the age of thirteen.

Michael Pelletz the owner of The Chariot for Women launched the riding service is spread in fifty states; he was working as a driver in Uber.  His experience in working with Uber was the key to start his own business.  In an interview to the Washington Post, he said that he once had an unsafe ride as a driver in Uber.  Michael had drop assigned to him at night and his rider was mentally unstable, fearing at the behavior of the passenger, he reported him to police. This situation made him think that if there were women in his state, how she could manage the scenario.

This is not the first ride sharing company; in 2014 SheTaxi was a taxi service catering for women started by Stella Mateo, but it did not flourish in the market.According to the law, there should be no gender discrimination while recruiting.But they have exceptions if the recruitment is a bona fide occupational qualification.In Massachusetts, 2200 women applied in Chariot for Women, and the company does background verification of all drivers including criminal records.

Below is a video I found on youtube where a female driver details her experience as an uber driver.

Do I have to live in a large City to drive for Uber?

Do I have to live in a large city in order to drive for a ride sharing company like Uber or Lyft?

This is one of the most common questions I get.  The answer depends on the population as well as the competition.  Smaller communities can sometimes have less competition, but they also have less opportunity.  They key for making money is less about how long and how far you drive a customer and more about down time.  If you have large chunks of time where no one is in the car then it is hard to make good money ride sharing.  The days where I make the most money are the days where I have very little down time.  One person gets out of the car and shortly after I pick up another person.

So back to the origional question about city size and ride sharing for money.  Smaller communities may not have enough volume and translate to a lot of downtime.  My brother lives in a smaller community of only 8,000 people.  While it is a tourist town in California that can have weekend visitors of 50,000 people, the money is too inconsistent to rely on.  I personally live in a much larger community where there are several hundred thousand people.  This allows me to have a consistent flow of people looking for rides.

The flip side for me, is the supply of people looking for a ride causes the competition to go up.  So either way you are going to have to figure out what works for you.  For now I have been able to make good money.  The more I have driven the more I have learned which days, which times and which locations earn me the most money.  My suggestion for you is to give it a try.  One of the best parts of driving for either uber, lyft, or another ride sharing company is that you can do it own your own schedule and see if it is a good fit for you.

In closing my suggestion to you get out there and try it.  For me driving for multiple ride sharing companies has allowed me to work on my own schedule and make money.  Until you get working you wont know if it is a good idea for you or not.