During the warmer, summer months, you may get fewer ride requests since passengers are more likely to walk, bike, and be willing to wait longer for public transportation. College towns may be affected the most — especially if students take off. To help you make the most of your time on the road this summer, we asked the Driver Advisory Council (DAC) to share their expert driving tips.
1. Keep a pulse on events in your area.
Concerts and music festivals, sporting events, and conferences are in full swing over the summer. DAC Alumni Michael, a San Francisco driver with more than 22,000 rides, says, “It's more important to know what time an event ends, not when it begins. That gets a bit tricky, as most online event directories (most metro areas have at least one) only list start times, not the time people are leaving and most likely in need of a ride.”
An expert in this area, Michael has found the following run times to be pretty accurate as a rule of thumb:
- Popular music concerts — 3 hours
- Classical music — 2-2.5 hours
- Plays — 2.5 hours
- Baseball games — 3 hours
- Soccer games — 2.5 hours
- Comedy shows — 1.5 hours
2. Drive during peak hours.
“Even in good weather, people still need late night rides from work and bars,” says Tim, a DAC Member from Pittsburgh who’s driven 1,400+ Lyft rides. Morning commutes are also busy times for ride requests, year-round.
3. Be strategic on where you wait for ride requests.
“Find areas near public transit so you can transport people to their final destination,” says Ariana, DAC Alumni from Detroit with ~10K Lyft rides under her belt.
4. Know the popular local tourist destinations and when people are likely to leave.
“People tend to leave beaches about 30-60 minutes before sunset so getting in position to get ride requests at that time can lead to good rides,” says Michael. “I also find it helpful to know when local museums close.”
5. Use weather patterns to your advantage (when it's safe).
“Head out to drive when it is raining, and during high heat,” recommends Tim. “Both seem to impact demand a lot.”
If all else fails, Djuana, a DAC Alumni from the DC Metropolitan area who’s done ~4,500 rides, says, “Adjust your individual driving patterns until you find what works for you during the summer season.”
Wishing you the best on the road and have a great summer!