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Mar 22, 2019

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Imagine what life is like when you are always in a vehicle and always on the road.

Imagine what it would be like if you were never the one to have to drive.

Which one Would you love? Which One Would you hate Or Hate It?

Today’s Episode is all about Ridesharing - How I became a Lyft, Uber and Food Delivery Driver. I also share my history with driving since it began a little before that - at age 15 to be exact

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Show Notes:

Driving is in my blood - my dad was a taxi driver before becoming a CDL Driver.

He also did a little driving in the military during the Vietnam War in the Air Force.

Played lots of driving video games growing up such as Crazy Taxi.

I was surrounded by cars, new cars, old cars, rental cars.

Been driving since a child but with a permit since age 15, passed the test by age 16.

Living with one eye did not slow me down, more alert than most, I was ahead of the class because I had been driving for so long.

Blindspot/side view mirrors as a requirement on license

Glasses as a requirement when driving

Fast driving runs in my family

I’ve never gotten a major speeding ticket nor had an accident.

Have had my car since high school.

I have my dad’s driving genes.

A way to use my car - racking up no miles in D.C. due to taking public transportation and walking the streets like a local

By the time I was old enough to rent a car, Which was age 18 thanks to USAA

I must have been so used to having blind spots that I knew where to look. My mother joked that I had the driving genes of my father.

It came up more than once however the time it really clicked was when my friend from high school Came to visit me in Tennessee from Florida.

It was her first time in Tennessee ever and it was my pleasure to show her around the tourist spots.

She enjoyed it so much that she asked me out of the blue have you ever thought of becoming an Uber driver?

Fast forward a couple of years later, as I was in between jobs I applied for Uber and Lyft

I would do social media work, and then go out and drive

Why I love driving for Lyft

Perspective on being an Uber/Lyft Driver

Car Requirements for driving

Tips to get started with driving

Tips on Safety:

Not drive at night

Stay away from dark and fishy neighborhoods

Keep Pepper Spray and pocket knife on hand


  1. Flexible hours: As a driver, you can set your own working hours and choose when to work, allowing you to work around your schedule.
  2. Extra income: Driving for Lyft, Uber, or a food delivery service can provide you with extra income, which can be especially helpful during difficult financial times.
  3. Meeting new people: As a driver, you'll have the opportunity to meet new people every day, which can be a great way to expand your social circle.
  4. No boss: As a driver, you are your own boss and have complete control over your work, allowing you to make your own decisions and work at your own pace.
  5. Driving experience: Driving for Lyft, Uber, or a food delivery service can help you improve your driving skills and become a more confident driver.

See New Places - more places are added to your Google maps App.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone 


Vomit from the drunks

Car Wear and Tear

More Maintenance

More Gas

Bigger Budget for Food

Downside of humanity

Picking Up Kids too young - the minimum age is 18.

I’m so grateful for the ability to see and drive.

When my car was not good enough to drive (there’s a checklist you can refer to)

I began food delivery such as Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates.

Why I love Uber Eats and GrubHub

I don’t have to pay for the meal

Learn new places to eat

It’s side income

Never a dull moment

Downsides of Food Delivery

Timing is everything

Tips for newbies Uber/Lyft

Tell them you are new

Address them by their name

Join Facebook Groups such as Uber/Lyft Driver 101

Read up on the experience of others

Track Your Miles Using Quickbooks or Stride

Use Hands-Free driving using Mystro

Use websites like trip advisor and city official websites so you know where to drive to maximize your earnings

Imagine you are transporting your elder family member Or a young CEO

Follow Youtube vloggers such as Drive Girl Drive or Rideshare Guy

Use My Code for an Uber Sign Up Driving bonus

Use this link for a Lyft Sign Up Driving bonus

Mystro: Free Trial with Mystro - Hands-free rideshare driving app for Androids

Sign Up with Postmates. Use code FL-zaakirahm or here is a link: