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Accepting Uber Rides: Long vs Short rides?


Uber as a ridesharing platform allows registered drivers on the platform connect with riders in a seamless on-demand fashion. Riders place ride requests via the Uber mobile app and are then connected with nearby Uber drivers. For Uber drivers, the aim is to provide service and earn as much as possible on the road. In one of our posts, we shared useful tips to help Uber drivers maximize their stay on the road. We shared how to find the highest UberX fares and also increase your revenue.

In this post, we will be scrutinizing which is better when accepting Uber rides: long rides or short rides? We will weigh the pros and cons of these rides and you can decide which will suit you best.

There are couple of factors that affect your decision to chase certain rides. As an Uber driver, your two primary motivations: making money or meeting people should always be at the forefront of your decisions. Remember, the aim is to make money and in the following situations, long or short rides shouldn’t matter.

Chasing both long rides and short rides Accepting Uber Rides


In some cases, it will be wise to chase both kinds of trips. We will discuss these cases below:


Living in a small city

If you drive for Uber in a small city, there is no doubt you’ll have to deal with frequent short rides. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since undertaking short rides gives you more time to accept more ride requests. So, if you find yourself making a lot of short trips, target using that time to do more rides and you will get good returns for it. After all, more trips = more money.


Slow days

There might be frequent down times in some small cities. It would be unsafe to think that you can drive for Uber full-time in a small market. You may quit your day job and then realize that being online all day does not guarantee receiving ride requests at a particular time of the day. Therefore, it is advisable to keep your day job and make extra income driving part-time.


What if you had a choice when accepting Uber rides  whether long or short rides?


After discussing with some drivers, the decision tilted towards long rides for the following reasons:

  • Most short rides are within the city and slow flow of traffic puts a strain on cars. This means having to service the car more often.
  • Having to deal with bad drivers is very distracting
  • Longer rides generally equal more money
  • Not dealing with too much passengers in a day (this is great for drivers who like to keep to themselves)
  • Relaxing trip back to base
  • Use the Destination filter to pick up passengers on your way back


What we think about accepting Uber rides


It’s a matter of personal choice and understanding the pattern in your city. If you want to do short rides that will yield as much profits as possible, target hotspots during the day and at night. For long rides, hanging around airports are a great way to get long trips.

Find out what works for you and don’t be afraid to mix things up.


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