Insights and Analytics on 100 rides: I really got my $1000 Uber bonus! How many drunks out of a 100?

What do my stats look like? How many miles am I driving during a fare or driving to a fare?

Out of 104 rides:

  • 0 vomit incidents – since I expected to drive people who have been drinking, I wasn’t sure what to expect here. I kept a few barf bags available just in case. Uber, I’ve heard will pay for cleaning if this situation occurs. 38 riders out of the 104 rides were drinking or drunk.
  • 0 accidents or tickets
  • While tips were not the norm, I counted less than 5 tips from 104 rides.
  • Saw my $1,000 bonus at 104 driving a rider going home after a Fantasy Football Draft.
  • Demographics of riders – my ridership was about half male, but reasonably diverse.
    49 riders were male
    only.
    24 were female only.
    20 were mixed couples.

How do I reduce cost (and pain) metrics?

  • 9 rider cancellations (2 of which I received a small severance)
  • drove 51 hours which averages to about 2 rides per hour)
  • I’ve totaled about 1,570 miles of which I can write off about 54 cents a mile on taxes. That breaks down to 862 miles during a fare and 480 miles to get to the fare. I drove about 228 miles to or from my home.
  • At 1570 miles, with my hybrid (400 miles/tank) – that’s just under 4 tanks of gas. 4*$20= $80 bucks on gas.

Moving forward:
– I need to reduce miles to and from home (seems high), I’ll try 1) don’t leave house until I get a request, 2) be more patient with “set destination” feature which does work from time to time.
– Not sure how to reduce cancellations, except to reduce cost by noticing cancellations earlier within the app while I’m driving. (Using other map apps, I don’t notice the cancellation until I get there.)

Sign up and Drive – Uber’s $750 incentive for hitting 100 riders (promotion changes from time to time)

Lyft driver sign up promotions are good too.

How do I earn more/optimize my time metrics?

  • 72 uberX rides and 32 pool rides i.e., pool is significantly cheaper in price if you’re willing to share.
    note: pool prices has decreased so you’ll see a significant increase in the last 25 rides (10 pools) vs the first 25 (0 pools).
  • 19 of my rides were surges (i.e., higher earnings because of high demand)
  • 7 boosts (i.e., guaranteed rates 1.4x)
  • Sorry, to maintain some mystique to this and to continue convincing my wife to let me do this, I better not show my individual earnings to the world.
    • Q1:  $253 – uberX rides
    • Q2:  $175 – Introduction of “pool” rides
    • Q3: $280 – Due to a few long rides
    • Q4: $194

Moving forward:
–  Chasing surge is not usually successful, but possibly just surgically driving during games or other major events might to increase surge likelihood
– Question: How do I increase likelihood of uberX ride vs pool ride? Big events more likely to have more people?

# Date Time Type Est. Hours Miles to fare Miles to next ride
1 5/31 9:27 PM uberX 1 13.25 3.4
2 5/31 9:53 PM uberX 16.1
6/3 10:19 PM uberX 6.2
3 6/3 10:31 PM uberX 2 3.89 5.3
4 6/3 10:54 PM uberX 6.45 1.3
5 6/3 11:23 PM uberX 4.81 8.3
6 6/4 12:11 AM uberX 9.46 8.3
7 6/4 9:16 PM uberX 5 10.06 2.6
8 6/4 9:44 PM uberX 18.09 2.1
9 6/4 10:30 PM uberX 10.55 0.7
10 6/4 11:13 PM uberX 1.77 1.2
11 6/4 11:33 PM uberX 1.61 1.9
12 6/4 11:57 PM uberX 1.34 2.1
13 6/5 12:09 AM uberX 2.66 1.9
6/5 12:44 AM uberX 22.5
14 6/5 12:52 AM uberX 7.51 1.6
15 6/5 1:14 AM uberX 7.31 6.6
16 6/5 1:45 AM uberX 14.46 2.8
17 6/5 2:15 AM uberX 56.53 2
18 6/6 10:52 PM uberX 1 12.45 7.3
19 6/6 11:22 PM uberX 4.79 2.9
20 6/10 11:20 PM uberX 3 6.04 8.1
21 6/10 11:47 PM uberX 17.84 0.6
22 6/11 12:18 AM uberX 2.66 0.9
23 6/11 12:35 AM uberX 19.77 2.5
24 6/11 1:31 AM uberX 2.95 2.8
25 6/11 1:50 AM uberX 15.9 0
26 6/11 2:21 AM uberX 7
27 6/18 4:31 PM Pool 7 3.46 16.7
28 6/18 5:00 PM Pool 8.42 3.2
29 6/18 5:38 PM uberX 3.19 0.5
30 6/18 6:16 PM uberX 3.25 1.3
31 6/18 6:35 PM Pool 8.1 1.8
32 6/18 6:59 PM Pool 0.4
33 6/18 7:10 PM uberX 2.88 2.7
34 6/18 7:35 PM uberX 1.48 0.6
35 6/18 7:44 PM uberX 2.53 0.4
36 6/18 8:49 PM pool 4.74 1.8
37 6/18 9:09 PM uberX 3.01 2.3
38 6/18 9:42 PM pool 6.8
39 6/18 9:46 PM uberX 4.48 11.1
40 6/18 10:06 PM pool 1.63 0.1
41 6/18 10:21 PM pool 2.95 2.1
42 6/18 10:43 PM pool 12 3.4
43 6/18 11:15 PM uberX 3.57 5.5
44 6/18 11:39 PM uberX 15.96 14.5
45 6/25 11:08 PM uberX 5 0.5
46 6/25 11:40 PM uberX 22.6 3.9
47 6/26 12:26 AM pool 7 0.2
48 6/26 12:56 AM uberX 11.53 1.9
49 6/26 1:28 AM pool 2.05 2.6
50 6/26 1:46 AM uberX 5.95 1.6
51 6/26 2:07 AM uberX 5.96 0.7
52 6/26 2:43 AM uberX 5.64 2.9
53 6/26 3:40 AM uberX 22.9
54 7/29 11:35 PM uberX 3 3.73 5.1
55 7/30 12:06 AM pool 16 3.8
56 7/30 1:04 AM pool 7.87 3.2
57 7/30 1:31 AM pool 2.44 0.2
58 7/30 1:43 AM pool 22 3.1
59 7/30 2:33 AM pool 10.76 3.3
60 7/31 6:43 PM uberX 2 14.21 2.8
61 7/31 7:37 PM pool 15 2.4
62 7/31 8:24 PM uberX 4.26 1.5
63 8/12 8:04 PM uberX 6 4.4 1.8
64 8/12 8:36 PM pool 36 2
65 8/12 10:43 PM uberX 32.91 2.7
66 8/12 11:21 PM uberX 18.74 1.3
67 8/12 11:53 PM uberX
68 8/13 12:09 AM uberX 8.86 17.5
69 8/13 12:37 AM uberX 2.24 12.1
70 8/13 1:10 AM uberX 14.39 19.6
71 8/13 1:46 AM pool
72 8/13 1:49 AM uberX 1.75 19.5
73 8/13 7:40 PM pool 1 24 5.6
74 8/14 9:12 AM pool 3 29.11 7.1
75 8/14 9:50 AM pool 4.81 1.5
76 8/14 10:28 AM uberX 4.38 4.7
77 8/14 11:28 AM uberX 6.35 40.2
78 8/20 7:46 PM pool 1 2.98 2
79 8/20 8:03 PM uberX 48.14 0.4
80 8/21 4:11 PM uberX 3 6.9 1.8
81 8/21 4:28 PM uberX 1.36 0.5
82 8/21 4:53 PM uberX 13.47 1
83 8/21 5:42 PM pool 1.1 10.3
84 8/21 6:08 PM pool 17 7.5
85 8/21 6:31 PM uberX 2 3.04 3.4
86 8/27 11:08 PM pool 0.97 9.6
87 8/27 11:14 PM pool 2.15
88 8/27 11:35 PM uberX
89 8/27 11:38 AM uberX 5.89 2.3
90 8/27 12:02 AM uberX 7.94 0.8
91 8/27 12:27 AM uberX
92 8/27 12:42 AM uberX 4.07 4.3
93 8/29 9:55 PM uberX
94 8/29  10:17 PM pool 3.7 1.9
95 8/29 10:41 PM uberX  1 7.9 7.4
96 9/4 5:54 AM uberX  2 2.64 5.9
97 9/4 6:17 AM pool 25.3 4.5
98 9/4 6:46 AM uberX 13.93 1.9
99 9/4 7:32 AM uberX 2.91 3.8
100 9/4 7:49 AM uberX 2.45 2.2
101 9/4 8:42 PM pool 1.84 2
102 9/4 8:59 PM pool 3 .5
103 9/4 9:28 PM pool 2.4 2.8
104 9/4 9:48 PM uberX 2.14 1
Total     Est 51 hours 862 miles 480.2 miles

With Uber’s $1000 incentive for hitting 100 riders, I finally hit it. Feel free to use the reference code – full disclosure, I get a bonus when you hit your bonus. (Note: Recently it was changed to $700.)

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