We love hearing the reasons why you choose Lyft, which are as diverse as our community of 1.4 million drivers. Today, we’re sharing stories about two drivers, Jayden and Yuri, who both benefit from Express Drive, our all-inclusive car rental program with unlimited mileage. Thanks to Express Drive, they can stay focused on their goals by leaving the mileage, insurance, and car maintenance to us.
Getting back in the game
Searching for work can be stressful, especially if it takes a while to find a good fit. It’s a familiar scenario for Jayden, who found himself jobless outside of San Francisco, for long enough that he had trouble making rent. Without owning a car, at first it seemed like Lyft wasn’t an option to supplement his income — until he learned about Express Drive.
Jayden appreciates Express Drive as an affordable car rental program which helped him get back on his feet, ultimately earning enough to get his own place and adopt a dog, too. These days, he’s also collecting referral bonuses by recruiting new people to drive and helping them look great behind the wheel with his up-and-coming fashion line.
Soon, you’ll be able to read about Jayden’s experiences firsthand. He’s writing a non-fiction book, “The Saturn Falls,” drawing from his personal story, inspiring others to turn their lives around.
“It’s about how, when the hardest thing you had to deal with in the past happens all over again, it makes you become a better person,” he says.
Saving for his students
For educators like Yuri, students’ needs often stay top of mind even during summer break. That's why the assistant principal of a high school in Tampa, Florida, uses his free time to earn extra income with Express Drive.
Coming from a single-parent family, Yuri is a big believer in the power of community to support young people. It’s what led him to establish the Elite Men of Tomorrow (EMT), a club at his high school that offers male teens support with everything from academics to social skills, manners to community service.
This summer, his goal is to fund upcoming BBQs and special prizes to honor EMT members. He’s also driving to offset the cost of the club’s weekly dinners, a safe space for the youth to connect and empower each other.
“Lyft’s Express Drive has given me the opportunity to make cash for my mentoring group (EMT) and has allowed me to reduce the wear and tear on my personal car,” Yuri says. Perhaps not surprisingly, he even continues in his mentoring role behind the wheel, inspiring and being a good listener to many of his passengers.
Thank you Jayden and Yuri for inspiring us with your stories. We wish you every success in achieving your dreams.
You can learn more about Express Drive and see if the rental program can help you reach your goals.