5 Things Lyft Drivers Secretly Wished You Knew
By: Ruben Royce
A lot of times what I've come to find out when driving for Lyft is theirs a ton of pressure on us drivers and the way we are rated can be a bit harsh. Now as I've stated before the majority of my passengers have been pleasant but I have noticed a series of repeated patterns which prompt me to start writing and to remind you that we are humans and that's how we'd like to be treated.. well maybe not but you get what I'm saying. Without further ado here it goes.
We’d prefer if you sat in the front.
Part of why we are driving for Lyft in the first place is because we wanted to be part of “that community.” While at first glanced, you may think we’re just another ride-sharing app (given we do the same.) Lyft’s model was designed to be and feel like as if you were driving around a friend. To tell you the truth we hate feeling like someone's chafers but we sure wouldn’t mind having a great conversation with a “friend”. Next time try riding in the front and you will see for yourself how that vibe immediately gets activated.
You’re getting a steal.
It doesn’t matter where you’re going. In most cases, you’ll be saving way over 50% than the standard taxi. And we honestly do go out of our way to make sure you’re satisfied with our service. Given these facts, it’s always mind-boggling how you can exit our car without tipping us. The ease of electronic payments should not be an excuse for you to forget about your manners. 15% has been known as the industry standard. But you’ll be off the hook if you could at least tip us $2.5 tip per ride. At this point, that’d be better than nothing.
Tone it down a bit.
As a reminder, most of our customers are very pleasant. So, this will probably not pertain to you. The only reason I choose to write about this is for the 0.01% of you out there who act like the world owes you something. First of all, do realize that most of us drive our own vehicle. Which means It is up to our own sole discretion whether we will allow you in our car in the first place. A bad attitude or having trouble communicating with us will probably send off a bunch of red flags and you may end up without a ride. My best advice is to try to be nice, act humble and rest assure we will get you to your destination.
You’re the boss.
Do you want a little bit more heat? Just ask. Do you need to plug up your phone? No problem. Allow me to remind you that you're the boss. However, that doesn’t mean you can start eating inside our car let alone lighting up a cigarette. I must add that the car you just got in was probably clean and the next rider after you, we believe deserves the same treatment. Does that seem fair?
Don’t be Evil.
Getting us excited and telling us that you’re going to tip us on the app only to not follow through with your words does not make you a good person. In fact, it’s quite sneaky and borderline evil. Perhaps, you thought you’d be able to get away with saying you would do something nice for us without us ever finding out whether or not you did. (Which if that’s the case that’s just more messed up.) Long story short we know who tipped us and who didn’t so it’d probably be better to not say anything if you’re not going to follow with your words.
I read this over prior to getting it online. I must admit I do sound like I have an attitude myself and you probably wouldn’t want to get into a Lyft ride, to begin with. I completely get it however these are real issues that I’ve needed to address for the sole reason to raise consciousness and to remind people that at the end of the day we are honestly one of the best ride sharing app as of 2017 and a big part of what makes us so great is also contributed by you and this is just a few ways you can improve everyone’s experience here at Lyft.
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