What’s it like to be an Uber driver? Better yet, what’s it like to date one?
Uber has changed the way we get around since it launched in Charlotte in Sept. 2013. You and your friends can hop in an Uber and split a ride to a bar, use it while your car’s in the shop and, recently, you could order ice cream from Uber.
— Alexis Mitchell (@LexisTV) July 24, 2015
//><!--But while Uber’s convenience is undoubtedly great, what if your significant other was the driver? The sharing economy is not just about sharing your house or your car, it’s about sharing time between your significant other and your commitments.//--><!
I’ve been dating my boyfriend for about two years now and he recently started driving for Uber.
I asked him five simple questions.
(1) How long have you been driving for Uber and what made you want to start?
I started driving out of curiosity. I started about two months ago. I’ve made roughly $1,000 over the course of 100 or so rides. As a teacher, I work 10 months out of the year and it helps fill in the gaps.
(2) What will you do once summer is over and football comes back on?
There will still be people needing rides to and from the game. Don’t get me wrong, I fully plan on watching the games. You can always turn the Uber app on and turn it off when you’re busy doing personal things.
(3) Who’s the most memorable fare you have had?
I met a couple who owns a business designing action figures here in Charlotte and I’ve met so many business people from across the world traveling through Charlotte. But the guy from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was the most interesting. He kept calling me “lad” and “chap.” I was taken aback by his accent.
(4) What is it about Uber that makes it so addicting?
It’s fun to challenge yourself and see how much you can make in a day. The most I’ve made in a single day is $104.
— Lacuna (@Lacuna_Innovate) August 3, 2015
(5) We’re still going to have date night, right?
On most days, it’s more effective to drive earlier in the morning, so I know it changes the way we wake up. I will admit that. But we still have time to hang out. When you think about it, more rides equals more date-night money. I even learned about a potential idea for a date, The Escape Room, from one of my passengers.
Hacks from my Uber driver to yours:
- BE ON TIME and chat people up while you drive.
- Hang out uptown, in South End or the airport to get the most rides.
- Know alternative routes outside of the GPS.
- Be knowledgeable about things going on around town.
Charlotteans, keep riding, and drivers, keep driving. Despite my (playful) protest, I doubt my boyfriend will quit any time soon. I might even start sharing my car.
Christine Edwards @yea_me2