Need a Lyft?


Clever title eh? Okay, probably not, haha. However, yesterday I gave Lyft another shot, but not as a rider, as a driver. Back in February, I signed up to be a driver for the ride share company. The process was pretty painless, though the inspection mistaken a warning light in my car as a problem, I’m guessing it was regarding the parking brake. My car runs fine, so it was probably just someone not familiar with the Nissan LEAF.

The first time I started driving, it was a good experience. I had a friendly passenger who say in the front seat. The next two didn’t go quite as well. My second rider wasn’t terribly happy when I missed a turn, totally my bad, but wasn’t upset. My third ride was really short and went okay, but I forgot to unlock the doors!

Still, my little mistakes weren’t too bad, obviously. With Lyft and Uber, drivers use the app to get their rides and to see where to take them. Lyft doesn’t allow you to use their app for navigation, instead opting for a third-party app. Right when I got started with Lyft, they dropped Apple Maps support, which was disappointing, but I still had the choice between Waze and Google Maps. I’ve tried both, but I feel more comfortable with Google.

After my third ride, I let my anxiety get the best of me and gave up on Lyft. I’ve been out of work for several years (excluding my freelance writing job I had last year) and so the idea of having a regular job is kind of scary. However, I’ve still been looking at my options, applying to several jobs over the past few weeks.

Why go back to Lyft? When I make a mistake, I take it hard, so sometimes I need some distance from it. I think that was the case with Lyft. I also am working on handling my mistakes rationally, which doesn’t always work. I think it’s worth testing my fears of messing up and at least yesterday I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong. I did forget to unlock the doors with my first ride and I joked that I didn’t want him to leave! We had quite the rapport and represents the friendliness that I think a lot of Lyft riders have.

I don’t know if Lyft will become a steady job for me, but I do think I can do more with it than I originally thought in my electric car. For now, this is just going to be a way to deal with social anxiety and make a little spending money. I’m still going to look for a part-time job.

A new exciting feature coming for drivers is the ability to pick rides. Soon, drivers may get a list of rides that are scheduled in advance. I could then see what routes are available and what distance I would be traveling. Yesterday I gave two rides one after the other, and they were both local. I was happy that I didn’t have to drive far to get my riders.


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