I started driving for Uber on Tuesday. I drove Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Wednesday I was available limited time during the day and Friday I became available to work around 6 PM and worked through the night.
Let me say that I am really enjoying Uber! Most of my daytime fares have been people getting rides to work. And of course, last night (which was a Friday) most of my fares were to drop off or pick up at bars. Let me just tell you that Uber After Dark, as I will call weekend night pickups, are entertaining to say the least.
My last job was as the only admin in a company where all the other local employees were technicians that went to job sites. At that job I was alone in the office for usually 6 hours a day by myself. That may seem nice to you, but I am someone that likes to be around people. Not that I have to be talking to them constantly, though I am a talker, but I just like being around people. This is one of the reasons I am loving Uber, I get to meet a lot of people. Every fare is a new face.
So far the demographics for my fares has been under 35 (most college age) and Caucasian. I did have one guy that was older than me, but he was with two younger people. I also had one African-American passenger, who was well educated I might add. My college age son said that Uber is a hipster thing which would be on par for the demographics that I have encountered.
What I will say is that everyone that I have given a ride to has been really nice and polite. We hear these bad stories about millennials and how awful they are, but I have only had good experiences with them so far. Another surprise is how chatty the 20 somethings are. I got the impression that this age group only communicates via devices and cannot hold a real conversation. I thought my kids were an exception, but evidently I was wrong because I have had some terrific conversations since I have been driving Uber.
I survived the first few days of driving and my first Uber After Dark without too much trouble other than a lack of sleep. My car is unscathed and actually still clean. No one even tried to smoke or bring drinks in the car other than water bottles. I was surprised.
Overall, I am loving driving for Uber. Would I do it full time? Probably not since after I had been in the car over 3 hours straight I definitely walked like a 90 year old. My joints were stiff and my body reminded me that I am not as young as my passengers. lol. Also, my full time job pays more. Will I continue driving for Uber? Absolutely, I will have a great time with Uber as my 2nd job.
And for drunk stories, they are coming. I think I will write a series of "Uber After Dark" posts if I get enough material. Right now I need more stories and I want to figure out how to tell the stories so people can still remain anonymous.