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We know that you started driving for Lyft for different reasons. But many of those reasons are grounded in the desire to build community: Jackee always tries to share an encouraging word with her riders, while Michael finds the perfect playlist to connect with those who get in his car.Read More
Carole from Austin has been driving with Lyft since June of 2014. “Since the days of the furry pink mustache,” she says with a chuckle.
The job was a good fit from the start. She didn’t experience the nervousness about sharing her car with strangers that some new drivers report. “I have this bodacious Texan personality,” she says. “See, I don’t just meet strangers — I extend my hand and make them feel welcome.”
Carole loves the excitement (and fares) of driving with Lyft during Austin events like the annual South by Southwest festival, and she’s happy to act as a cultural ambassador for her city, pointing out landmarks and recommending her favorite spots to visitors.
There are only a few things Carole wishes she did differently when she was starting out.
Her first tip? Be strategic about stops and plan ahead. Austin may be famous for its barbecue and breakfast tacos, but dining on the road literally eats into your profits. “I don’t spend a lot of money at restaurants when I’m out driving,” she says. “I pack a little ice chest so that I always have healthy snacks.”
She also recommends new drivers take the plunge and attend local Lyft driver meetups. “I didn’t do the group events for over a year, because I thought they’d be cheesy,” she says. “But it wasn’t cheesy at all! I met like-minded people, I got good information, and I made some lifelong friends.”
Nowadays, she incorporates visits with the Lyft friends she’s made at group events into her workday. “We arrange to meet up at picnic tables, swap some stories, and then hit the road again,’ says Carole. “It’s like a game when we’re all waiting to see who gets pinged first.”
What do you wish you knew when you started driving? Tell us at lyft.com/stories.
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What do working with hair and driving with Lyft have in common? Ask Jackee White. Before she became a 5-year Lyft veteran with 21,000 rides (and counting) under her seatbelt, she was a hair stylist for celebrities like André 3000 as well as regular Atlantans. Whether she’s giving them a ride or a perm, strangers share stories, some more intimate than others.
There’s one big difference, though.
“When you're doing hair, you really don't have the flexibility,” she says. “With Lyft I can turn it on, I can turn it off. It's very flexible.”
Her schedule may be open-ended now, but she has been keeping busy.
“It's indescribable. Driving makes me happy,” she says. “It motivates me to keep going because I'm working toward a goal, I'm trying to purchase this home. So, Lyft is going to give me my down payment.”
But more than anything else, it’s the stories that keep her on the road.
“You become people’s mentors. You become their aunties,” she says. “I was afraid I’d lose my people skills from my hair salon days. But Lyft gives me that opportunity to talk to people and encourage people—because are folks out there who are going through a lot of things in life. You never know until you ask them.”
Jackee's gained a reputation around Atlanta as one of the city's friendliest Lyft drivers, and was even featured in Atlanta magazine for being a boss about town. Read more here.