It is no secret that many factors contribute to a rideshare driver’s success. Whether you are talking about navigation, mileage tracking, expense tracking, tracking the weather, figuring flight times, or simply hopping between apps, driving rideshare can be difficult. The good news is that app makers are hard at work, creating apps that aid the rideshare driver’s experience.
What we have collected below are some of the most useful apps for the rideshare driver.
Why Do You Need a Rideshare Assistance App?
Driving for a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft is not quite as simple as it might seem. As you start your rideshare business, you’ll soon find out that you need some apps to make things easier for you as an Uber or Lyft driver.
There are hundreds of ways to get an edge and earn good money from rideshare. Ultimately you should try out as many as possible.
The first thing you need to acquire is an app or method for tracking your mileage. Of course, you could log your mileage in an analog format with pen and paper, but hey this is 2019, let an app do it! There are dozens upon dozens of these apps on the market for both Android and Apple users.
I recommend Hurdlr and Stride Tax for standard mileage tracking if you are looking for a free option. Hurdlr allows you a basic and free version of the app that allows you the ability to track mileage and expenses, which is a double win. Hurdlr does this automatically via GPS for you, where Stride Tax which is also free forces you to input your mileage daily.
QuickBooks Self-Employed is the marquis app for rideshare drivers who are looking to streamline their mileage and expense tracking. I use this app every day to track my expenses and mileage.
The benefit here is that QuickBooks automatically integrates this information for you in TurboTax, which is the option that Uber gives perks to drivers for using. When tax time comes, there is no easier way to get through tax day than with QuickBooks Self-Employed.
Weather apps are critical to your drives as a rideshare driver, particularly if you live an area with erratic weather. I drive in Denver, and it is known that at any time you could have snow or hail or sunshine. I run Accuweather, which provides me with location-based weather alerts that have helped me avoid many undesirable situations.
I recently wrote an article about how to maximize your earnings from airport trips, where I urged drivers to check out Gridwise.
This app allows drivers to survey the local airport’s arrival and departure schedules. It is no secret that airport runs are one of the critical aspects of making money as a rideshare driver.
If you drive full-time you need to check out a few apps that can make your job infinitely easier. Many drivers drive for both Uber and Lyft. Some also have other side hustles with companies like DoorDash, Postmates, Juno, and others. If you are having trouble juggling the many different apps that it takes to make it in the rideshare game you should check these apps out.
Mystro is an app that allows rideshare drivers to filter and negotiate drives between Uber, Lyft, and others. Basically, the app negotiates which rides come through on which platform. This allows drivers to set a filter for preferred rides.
Mystro gives control back to the driver who can choose whether or not to accept particular rides. At its base function, it will give precedence to the first app to give you a ride request at the same time as shutting down the other running app. This allows you to go from ride to ride without fumbling through your phone.
Mystro costs around $11.95 per month or $100 per year. If you drive for both platforms you need this app.
If you are having trouble locating an area with a spike in demand, then you need to get Fare Pilot. This app will give you hotspots for rides no matter where you are. As soon as you turn the app on you can request three hotspots near your location where you are more likely to pick up a ride.
I have used this app hundreds of times and it has almost always come through on days that are sparse. Just drive to the hotspot and park for a couple of minutes and boom.
This app is hailed by many rideshare drivers as being one of the most versatile apps. Not only does it track mileage, expenses, and surge alerts, but it also gives you a comprehensive map of concerts, events, bars, neighborhoods, and more.
Basically, it is your right-hand app. Rydar comes in both free and premium versions, which many drivers state with confidence that automatically pays for itself. If you are looking for a way to understand where the rides are, check out the fourteen-day free trial.
There Are Many Useful Apps For Rideshare Drivers
The purpose of including apps into your daily routine is to help you get a handle on the rideshare business as a whole. I recommend experimenting with as many as possible, especially if they afford you an edge in the quest for increased take home and decreased costs.
What apps do you use to assist you in your rideshare gig?
We want to know what apps you are using to make your work easier. Do you have an app that isn’t on this list that you think we should report on? Don’t be shy, hit us in the comments and I’ll gladly make it a priority. I am always looking for an edge in my rideshare drives, any way to increase profits and decrease costs.