What Zimride Drivers Want

Ever wish you had the ability to read minds? You don’t need a crystal ball to know communication is key for having a fantastic road trip. But what else are Zimride drivers looking for in prospective passengers? We used our ridesharing superpowers to tap into the innermost desires of our Zimride drivers…here’s what they had to say about finding that perfect match.

Share the specifics
Zimride driver posts always show time availability and specific destinations, so it’s the passenger’s responsibility to make sure that their plans match. For example, Mohammed recommends passengers “be direct and honest about where you need to be picked up and dropped off. Stay within the schedule that the driver posts and be honest about how much luggage you have.”

Stick to the schedule
We all know how annoying it can be when that friend is always late. Well, the same goes with the Zimride community. Once the times are confirmed, do your best to be on time. Of course, sometimes a delay is unavoidable, which is why it’s important to keep your driver’s contact information handy. Jian asks you to “call me if there are any delays or if plans change as soon as possible.”

Security in the system
The Zimride community relies on trust. Through Facebook-enabled profiles, recommendations and reviews, both drivers and passengers can learn as much as possible about one another beforehand. Kate always looks to see if passengers have “credible positive feedback and have an active Facebook account.” Not having a developed profile and profile photo can easily dissuade drivers from accepting your booking request. If you’re new to Zimride, you can easily ask your friends to vouch for you  using the recommendations feature.

Another important security feature is the online booking system. Drivers can ensure they receive payment for the ride when the trip is booked ahead of time using Zimride’s simple booking process. Even better, there’s no need to handle an awkward cash transaction once in the car – just sit back, and enjoy the ride. Stay tuned for more tips from the road!

Next time, passengers will share what makes for an awesome Zimride driver.

Happy Travels,
Your Zimride Crew

Responsiveness Scores Are Here!

Have you been looking for a ride and wondered how long your fellow Zimrider might take to get back to you? We know you do, because you told us. Soon, you’ll have a pretty good idea. Based on that feedback, we’ve developed the new Zimride responsiveness scores, coming soon to all Zimride profiles.

Since making contact is a key step in planning your ride, you’ll now know what to expect when you reach out to a fellow Zimrider. With these magical new profile scores, you can instantly see how often a driver or passenger responds to messages, and how quickly they typically respond — whether it’s a few minutes or a few hours.

Reply Rate
What percent of messages or bookings a Zimrider replies to.

Reply Time (avg)
How quickly a person typically responds to a message or booking.

You’ll also have your own score! Be sure to respond to your messages on Zimride as soon as possible, in order to maintain a high response time and rate. These public profile scores will help improve responsiveness in the community overall – so other Zimriders will be more likely to get back to you faster, too.

If you’ve been so-so about responding to messages in the past, never fear…our new scoring system starts off with a clean slate for everyone, so now is time to step your game up! We’ll be showing your average response time in minutes, and the percentage of messages or bookings you’ve replied to.

We hope the new responsiveness scores are helpful … remember, faster responses make planning travel even easier!

Your Zimride Crew

Tips from Zimriders: Picture Perfect

Everyone loves to Zimride in style, which is why it’s important to show off your car on your profile.  We asked an amazingly talented Zimride driver, Matt L, to share his pro advice so you can get that perfect shot.

Matt L Photo Tips

Matt L offers up his photo tips for showcasing your car on Zimride.

I Zimride in a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback that I’ve customized heavily, so I like to show off my hard work when I get a chance. Here are some tips on how to take fantastic photos of your car with minimal gear.

Tools of the Trade

  • Any camera (one that can do manual settings is best)
  • A tripod or something like a bag of rice to keep a camera steady
  • A nice, interesting background
  • Good light

Location, Location, Location

First park your car in a nice location and make sure the environment fits the car. For example, park an outdoorsy car in the wilderness or a sports car in a city environment.

The Golden Hour

The “Golden Hour” is the hour right after sunrise or the hour just before sunset. Try to take your photos at this time—it makes everything look magical.

Photo Tip: Subaru at night

Get Down Low

You can emphasize the awesomeness of your car by eliminating any distractions in the background. The easiest way to accomplish this is dropping down on a knee or lying on the ground.

Position yourself and your camera at about a 45 degree angle to the car or 90 degrees depending on the look that you want to achieve.

Manual Mode

Check if your camera has a manual mode “M”. When your camera is on manual mode, set the aperture (f/”something”) to around f/8. This will give you an in focus image from foreground to background. If you’re using a DSLR, then you’ll want to switch to f/11.

Adjust the shutter speed so that the part of the car facing you is properly exposed. You’ll also want to keep your ISO as low as possible to get the best image quality.

If you are using a simpler camera without manual features such as a phone, put the box (or tap the screen) on the part of the car closest to you until it is the proper brightness. You may want to use exposure compensation (+2 to -2) to adjust this if your camera offers this feature.

After you have your settings dialed in, hold steady and blast away!

Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

Try different angles and position the car differently in the light. I like to place the car diagonal with the wheels pointing out towards the camera to make the car more engaging.

If you are feeling adventurous and want to experiment with some different techniques, take your car somewhere totally dark, leave your camera on a tripod, set your aperture to f/8 and your shutter speed to 30 seconds or as long as it will allow. After you snap your photo, but before the shutter closes, take a flashlight and “paint with light” on the car and around it. You’ll be surprised at the results.

Ask for Feedback

Share your awesome car photos with your friends and family and get their feedback. It’s important to practice!

Thanks for all the fantastic tips Matt! If you’re interested in checking out more of his work, please visit his Web site.

Got any shots of your car?  You can share them with us by emailing community@zimride.com or Share with us on our Facebook page!

Happy Travels!

The Zimride Crew

Zimride is Going Mobile!

Today we’re happy to announce a new way to use Zimride: Zimride for mobile web. You can now take your ridesharing community with you when you’re on the go. Quickly find and book rides, view profiles, communicate with other drivers and passengers, and post rides all from your mobile device. Just go to Zimride.com on your iPhone or Android browser, and you’re on your way! Check out the video below to see how it works.


Find and Book Rides
Finding a ride is never more than a tap away, and there are handy filters that help you choose the best ride for you. Booking rides is also streamlined and optimized for your smartphone so you can easily view a ride and book it quickly and securely.

Send and Receive Messages
When new messages and ride requests come your way, you can now reply and respond on the fly. You’ll miss fewer communications and complete more successful rideshares.

View Profiles
Check out profiles, and get to know your fellow Zimriders. Swipe through photos of common friends, and read user reviews to help you pick your favorite ride.

Post a Ride
Posting rides on mobile is quick and easy. Just one step to post, and you’re done. We’ll even let you know when we find corresponding rides that match.

Zimride for Mobile Web screens
Stay tuned to our blog for more Zimride Mobile updates and announcements. As always, we appreciate your feedback and will continue to improve your Zimride experience. Let us know what you think about Zimride for mobile web at support@zimride.com.

Happy travels,
The Zimride Mobile Team (Sebastian, Jamie, Eduardo, Marc & Frank)
The Zimride Mobile Team: Sebastian, Jamie, Eduardo, Marc & Frank

Zimride Tip #2: Show Off Your Ride!

Zimride is a marketplace for open seats, so it’s important to stand out to attract passengers. Today’s tip is how to add style into your ride post.  Like Zimride Tip #1, it’s important to put your best face forward by showing off your personal flare to the Zimride Community.

 

1. Share Where You’re Going: Google maps does a great job showing routes, but it doesn’t showcase your road trip itinerary. Mention if you plan to stop by an In & Out (to attract newbies to cheeseburger deliciousness) or have a favorite place you always visit for a caffeine break.

2. Explain How Much Space You Have In Your Car: Tell your potential passengers if you have enough space for luggage as some Zimriders like to carry a suitcase or two when they go on a road trip. For Zimriders heading to Tahoe, be sure to say if you have space for gear like skis and snowboards.

3. Let Zimriders Know If You’re Animal Friendly: Some Zimriders like to travel with their furry friends. Definitely share on your ride post if you’re willing to be a trendsetter and allow passengers to bring a cat or dog along for the ride.

4. Show Off Your Ride!: You don’t need to be on Pimp My Ride to show off your car. Check out how Zimrider Rideshare Mark shows off his ride to his potential Zimriders:

Stay tuned for more useful tips from Zimride on this blog or ask us for help directly at support@zimride.com.

Happy Travels,
Your Zimride Crew