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The best times to drive in the North East

Making the most of your time on the Uber app

When and where you drive is entirely up to you. Uber will never tell you to get behind the wheel, but we do try and help you make choices that work for you. Knowing when and where to drive is definitely something you’ll pick up over time. But getting to know the busiest times and places in your area is a great start.

Best days and areas to drive

Weekends are always good times to drive in the North East. Driving on Saturday generally means you make about 26% more than driving Monday-Thursday. If you want to boost your earnings, make the most of the weekend crowds.

The best areas to drive in change depending on the day of the week and the time of day.

Below you’ll find information on some great places to drive if you’re looking to make great earnings. We’ve also highlighted the best times to drive, depending on what day and what time it is.

Monday to Thursday

What time is best to drive?

Weekdays are generally quieter. Yet starting earlier in the day can make all the difference. If you drive between 6am-10am, you generally can earn around 40% more than the later morning slot (10am-2pm). So if you can get up early, it’s worth it.

What areas are best between 6am and 10am?

Good areas to drive in at this time

  • Newcastle airport
  • Gateshead Quays
  • West Jesmond
  • Central Station
  • Heaton
  • City Centre, specifically around Northumberland Street to the Tyne Bridge
  • Shieldfield
  • Manors

Areas to avoid at this time

  • Walkergate
  • Felling
  • Pelaw
  • Scotswood

Friday

What time is best?

The end of the week is usually busy as people start their weekend. If you drive between 11pm-3am on Friday night, you can earn up to 17% more on average (compared with driving between 7pm-11pm).

What areas are best between 11pm and 3am?

Good areas to drive in at this time

  • Top of Pilgrim Street
  • Diamond Strip (Newcastle City Centre)
  • Central Station / Centre for Life
  • The Big Market
  • Westgate Road
  • Jesmond
  • Quayside
  • Clayton Street

Areas to avoid at this time

  • Elswick
  • Byker
  • Shieldfield
  • Heaton

Saturday

What time is best?

It’s not surprising that the weekends are a great time to make money. Newcastle is full of diners, pub-goers and people partying late into the night. If you drive between 11pm-3am on Saturday nights, you can earn up to 44% more on average (compared with driving between 3pm-7pm).

What areas are best between 11pm and 3am?

Good areas to drive in at this time

  • Top of Pilgrim Street
  • Diamond Strip (Newcastle City Centre)
  • The Big Market
  • Grainger Street
  • Grey Street
  • Riverside Club / Quayside
  • West Jesmond
  • Spital Tongues

Areas to avoid at this time

  • Walkergate
  • Byker
  • Elswick

Sunday

What times are best?

Mornings and evenings are great times to drive on Sundays. Try heading out from 5am-9am as you can generally earn 30% more than later in the afternoon.

12am-4am is another great time to drive. On average, you can make 35% more than if you drive between 12am-4am (compared to 7pm-11pm).

Good areas to drive in at this time

  • Haymarket / Northumberland Street area
  • Quayside
  • The Big Market
  • Shieldfield
  • Heaton
  • Chillingham Road
  • Central Station / Centre for Life
  • The Gate

Areas to avoid at this time

  • Byker
  • Walkergate
  • Elswick

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