For this year’s International Women’s Day, we organized meetups to bring women in the Lyft driver community together — in 30 cities across the US and Canada.Read More
It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, when the streets will be paved with green as people come out for parties, parades, and pub crawls. Here’s your guide for when and where to earn — so you can luck out on every ride.
Expect higher ride requests (and dressed-up riders) throughout the weekend, with demand peaking on Sunday — when St. Patrick’s Day falls — between 3 PM - 8 PM.
Be a lucky charm for your riders: Keep extra chargers and water bottles handy to score high-fives (and better tips) from passengers.
Take breaks during down times: Between parades or drop-offs about town, simply tap ‘Online’ during a ride so you don’t get matched with another passenger.
Now that you’ve got the best times to drive, here’s where you can expect more passengers requesting rides on Sunday:
Pubs and bars: Prepare for pickups and drop-offs at Irish pubs and popular bars as locals travel in packs to enjoy the celebrations.
Parades: Get familiar with your city’s parade route and schedule to get ready for rides. Heads up: Some cities host their St. Patrick’s Day parades the day or even weekend before — check local listings to make sure you don’t miss out on rides.
Residential neighborhoods: For revellers that want to avoid the crowds, house parties are more their speed. That means more ride requests for you and maybe a few added stops at the store.
No matter what you're driving toward, we'll help you get there.
In January, we announced that 10 new drivers from the US and Canada had been selected to represent their communities in our National Driver Advisory Council in 2019. We are excited to share that we are expanding the DAC program to include Local councils in more than 40 additional cities. The new councils will join Houston, Detroit, and Las Vegas, where we opened local Driver Advisory Councils last year.
Our Driver Advisory Council program is designed to bring grassroots driver feedback directly to Lyft, and help us make better business decisions that improve the driver experience. Check out what The Rideshare Guy has to say about the impact of Lyft’s DAC program since its launch in 2016.
With this expansion, we look forward to bringing even more diverse driver voices to our field teams and corporate headquarters in San Francisco. DAC members enjoy a close relationship with Lyft to help us stay connected with the driver community, generate innovative ideas, and share feedback to help improve the driver experience. We look forward to all the ways we can work together to support drivers in the future.
We are accepting applications until March 13, 2019 for Local DACs in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Toronto and many more.
You are the right fit for the DAC if you answer “Yes” to all these questions:
Are you passionate about Lyft’s vision for improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation?
Do you have at least a 4.85 driver rating?
Do you believe in the power of community?
Do you want to give constructive feedback to Lyft on behalf of your fellow drivers?
Do you have ideas for how Lyft can improve the driver experience?
Are you excited to test new features in the Beta app and help us find and fix bugs?
DAC members can expect:
Leadership role in driver community
Influential interactions with Lyft executives, product managers, and more
Swag, exclusive access to support from HQ and potential stipend as a DAC member.
The 2019 Local DAC members will be selected and announced here in April. Still curious about the specifics? See our DAC Frequently Asked Questions.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Michael immigrated to the United States in 1998, settling first in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before moving to Houston, Texas. He’s been driving with Lyft for a year and says he’s learned a few important lessons.
He always makes sure he’s well-rested. He likes to prioritize airport rides, since they tend to be longer trips and riders often tip well. And he does whatever he can to make his riders feel comfortable — right down to choosing his music carefully.
But be strategic about setting that volume level, Michael adds.
“What you think is a normal volume when you’re driving may be too loud for some riders.”
Because some riders immediately get on their phones, Michael always first sets his volume to low.
As for what he plays, he’s found that lots of people like jazz. “It cuts across the spectrum — men, women, people of different cultures.” He subscribes to Spotify to pull from a diverse list of artists.
Here’s one of his go-to Spotify Playlists.
Michael recently picked up a woman from the airport. “We didn’t talk during the whole ride, but just before I dropped her off she said, ‘I can’t tell you how relaxed I am listening to your music. I got into your car so stressed, but I feel like I just went through therapy.’”
It made him feel good to put his rider at ease.
“Music is important.” Michael explains, “because it sets the atmosphere.”
What have you learned while driving that you would like to share? Share your story.
Every New Year’s Eve, Lyft co-founder and president, John Zimmer, spends the night driving with Lyft. This year, he has a personal message for the drivers who will be joining him on the road.
This New Year’s Eve, I’ll be joining thousands of drivers on the road for the seventh year in a row. It’s one of my favorite nights of the year and an important night to help ensure the community gets around safely.
Those who drive on New Year’s Eve know it’s one of the busiest, liveliest nights of the year. And because you provide a safe way to get around, people in every city can celebrate memorable nights with friends and family. The hospitality you provide to partygoers (even the most spirited ones) is one of the reasons people choose to ride with Lyft, and I’m thankful to be driving alongside you.
Thank you for being a part of the Lyft community this year, and I look forward to seeing you out there on the road!
And keep an eye on your app — you may get an update on some of the things we’re doing this year to make driving easier on New Year’s Eve.