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How to earn more with Uber

October 15 / United Kingdom

There are lots of opportunities for maximising and increasing your earnings when driving with Uber. Your best chances of being busy are the times when many riders are looking to request a trip and not as many drivers are around to take them. 

Finding the best times to drive in your home city might take you a little time, but optimising your drives will really show you how much you can make with Uber. Drivers often ask “how can I increase my Uber earnings?” so to get you started, here are some of our tips on how to make more driving with Uber.

Know your local event schedules

A great way to optimise for driving during a busy period is to make sure you know when popular events are happening in your local area.

Attractions like sports matches, festivals, and music concerts all draw in crowds of people who will want transportation to or from the event. Being there to provide a journey home for riders with tired feet is an excellent way to increase your earnings.

Learn the popular destinations and peak times

Part of learning your city as a driver with Uber is knowing where and when riders are looking to request a ride. Finding the popular destinations in your city and learning when they are at their busiest is a great way to make sure you are making the best use of your driving time.

On early mornings, transportation hubs like train stations and airports are a great place to pick up rides from people looking to get to work in a hurry.

In the evening, drivers will typically be picking up trips requested by riders looking to get home after dinner and drinks, so it can pay to come online at little later.

To give you a better idea of how much you can make with Uber, we’ve put together some information on the best days and areas to drive in some of the major UK cities with Uber:

Learn to use the driver app

The Uber driver app is your partner on the road when optimising your time driving with Uber. By using the features of the driver app, like the driver destination feature, you can try to cut down your downtime by confirming requests from riders heading in the same direction as you.

The driver app can also let you confirm back to back rides when demand is high, meaning your next ride will be queued up while you are completing your current ride. This means less time waiting around for your next request and more time earning.

‘Tis the season to be earning

Just like the peak hours when rider requests are higher,  there are also peak months when riders are statistically more likely to be using the Uber app. These are just a few of our key findings:

  • The months of January and August are typically the two quietest months of the year
  • August and September see a surge in riders returning to university in cities across the UK, making them good months to drive
  • The combination of colder weather with the busy festive party period make December the busiest month of the year 

With the tips from this article, the resources from the Uber website and a bit of experience driving in your city, you’ll be able to start planning around the best places and times to drive. Meaning, you’ll be in a great position to ensure that when the peak times hit, you’ll be on the road to greet them!