Zimride driver tips – the $4,800 question

Zimride is all about helping drivers sell their empty seats to passengers who are heading the same way. The most popular question we receive is “How much do Zimride drivers make?” We thought the best person to ask would be a driver straight from the Zimride community. Meet Lauren V, a Zimride driver from UC Santa Cruz, who has made $4,800 since she first started sharing her rides!

So, how can you make nearly five-thousand dollars on Zimride in a year? To be honest, I just figured out the Zim-ropes as I went along! Follow the lessons that I’ve learned and hopefully you’ll come up with tips ten times better than these that can make you even more gas cash than I made.

Timing is Everything
Post your ride offers really early. Try to post two weeks in advance of your trip – this will give you plenty of time to get passenger requests. If you take frequent trips Zimride now lets you add multiple dates for the same trip!

Communicate Efficiently
Stay in constant contact with your riders. Let them know exactly what they’ll need to know – your car’s make and model, the number of seats available, the price of the ride, round-trip or one-way, and pick-up and drop-off locations.

Discuss Every Tidbit
Can you fit extra luggage? Do you have a pet squirrel? Make sure to go over other requirements like luggage, pets, smoking, music preferences, and other things that are important to you and your riders.

Keep Your Passengers in the Loop
Definitely keep them updated if the departure time or anything else changes. Your passengers will feel secure and will be much more likely to stick with your ride. If they feel uncomfortable or do not hear from you before the trip they might question whether you’re a reliable driver and cancel their trip – it’s hard to make gas money with empty seats!

Accommodate Your Passengers
Your riders’ comfort equals gas money. Keep the atmosphere in the car easy-going and pleasant. You’ll get good reviews on your profile and these same riders may even want more rides from you in the future. A good driver also knows to adapt (sometimes, not always) to their passengers’ schedules.

Be Flexible
Be open to making changes to your rides. Learn as you go along! Try to be as safe, flexible, and kind as possible before and during the trip.

Enjoy the Compensation
Most of the $4,800 went to gas money, but every trip I save a little to get my oil changes and other car maintenance. Some of that four-geez even went to road snacks. I haven’t paid for my own gas on a round-trip ride to SoCal in fifteen months. And let’s not forget – I’ve helped students and Santa Cruzan’s easily get where they need to go at super low prices, especially compared to plane expenses and train travel times.

A big thanks to Lauren for sharing her tips. Do you have any Zimride tips? Share them with us at community@zimride.com!

Happy Travels,
Your Zimride Crew