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Making the most of your time on the road

February 14, 2019 / Australia

There are plenty of reasons why driver-partners choose to use the Uber app, but for most it’s all about:

Earnings – to bring in or top up an existing income; and
Flexibility – the ability to drive whenever and wherever it suits you best

If you’re looking for some great ways to maximise your earnings, we have some insider tips from higher-earning driver-partners that’ll help you make the most of your time on the road.

What do these higher-earning driver-partners do differently? We’re here to share this knowledge, so you can experience a more rewarding experience with the Uber app.

Shifting your earnings into high gear: 3 things that matter most

The amount a driver-partner can earn while they’re online generally comes down to three main factors: when you drive, where you drive and what time of year it is.

Expand each of the sections below to find out more.

  • Busiest times to drive
  • Busiest places to drive
  • Time of year

Maximising your earnings using features on the Uber Driver app

  • Limiting use of Driver Destinations
  • Watching your time in the Airport Queue
  • Maintaining your acceptance rate

Plan your trip

A little forward planning can go a long way in making your driver-partner experience more organised and more profitable. It’s worth setting out a plan for your week ahead, taking into account what’s happening around your city, and planning your breaks around the expected quiet times. Some things to consider when planning your week are:

  • Events: What’s happening around town that might cause an influx of potential riders – or potential traffic closures.
  • Public Holidays: Long weekends and short working weeks are a good excuse for people to get out and get festive. That means more rides requests and more potential for earnings if you know where the celebration hotspots are.
  • Down time: If you have been online for 12 cumulative hours without a consecutive 8 hour break, the Fatigue Management feature will take you offline for 8 consecutive hours so you can rest. Pre-planning your breaks helps you make most of the time you’re driving.


Whether you’re driving with the Uber app because you love the freedom and flexibility, or because you’re looking for the best ways to maximise your earnings, we hope these tips from higher-earning driver-partners help you make the most of your Uber experience.