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Should I Drive with Uber or Lyft? A Rideshare Company Comparison

If you’re considering becoming a rideshare driver, you need to figure out which company is best for you.

The two most obvious choices are Uber vs. Lyft – they dominate the market and have the largest customer base, meaning more frequent pickups for their drivers. And if you’d like to drive for both Uber and Lyft, that’s an option too.

Picking up and transporting passengers for either of these leading rideshare companies is a great way to make some extra cash, but there are distinct differences between the two. If you’re wondering, “Is it better to be a Lyft or Uber driver?,” or maybe “Will I make more money driving for Uber or Lyft?”, we’ll help you answer that important question with some candid poll results from some of the Uber and Lyft drivers who rent their vehicles from HyreCar.

If you are an Uber driver, a Lyft driver, or both, we’d love to hear your opinions, so we can use your feedback in future articles. Thank you! Alright, let’s get to it!

This article details the results of the poll, as well as direct quotes from ridesharing drivers who gave us expanded answers.

NOTE: Just so you know, HyreCar is not affiliated in any way with either Uber or Lyft. We’re just a bunch of fun peeps whose goal it is to provide affordable rental cars to all you rideshare drivers out there. None of the opinions you’re about to read are our own, as this article contains the honest feedback and professional preferences that our car rental customers who have driven for both Uber and Lyft have generously provided us.

Uber vs. Lyft Poll Results from Lyft and Uber Drivers:

From all of the ridesharing drivers we polled, the results favored working for Lyft vs. Uber.

  • Drivers who preferred Lyft: 19
  • Drivers who preferred Uber: 7
  • Who is bigger, Uber or Lyft? Uber does have a larger customer base than Lyft and is available in more states than Lyft, meaning you’ll pick up more rides as an Uber driver.
  • If you ask, “Which pays more, Lyft or Uber?” the answer is Lyft, by a nose. The company pays drivers slightly more, has a rider minimum, and they take less of a commission than Uber’s 20%. For example, drivers for both companies will take home between $13 and $15 an hour on average, but Lyft comes out closer to the higher range.
  • Lyft is seen as being more driver-friendly than Uber when it comes to helpful customer service. Uber customer service is sometimes hard to reach, and the reps seem overwhelmed.
  • It is easier to go through the Uber driver sign up than what it takes to be approved as a Lyft driver. For example, Uber allows cars from 2000 and newer, while Lyft requires a 2003 model or newer. Click here for a list of car and driver requirements for both companies.

Actual Quotes from Actual Uber & Lyft Drivers

The Rideshare Guy

The Rideshare Guy

Harry prefers driving for Lyft vs Uber, but he makes more cash working for Uber:


I always tell people that I prefer driving for Lyft, but I make more money and get more rides with Uber. I think Lyft does a great job cultivating a driver-friendly culture though, and it shows with a lot of their features. Even before you start driving, Lyft greets new drivers with a mentor ride which allows them to get familiar with the app and meet another more experienced driver in person. Uber, on the other hand, sends you a few 5 minute YouTube videos which nobody watches (I didn’t!), and then you’re thrown to the wolves.

But regardless of which company you prefer, you’re now a business owner as a rideshare driver, and you need to diversify your income. Even if you are plenty busy with Uber, you’ll still want to have Lyft or another service as a backup for those times that you get locked out of your account or when the Uber app goes down for a couple of hours. Ultimately though, I like to support Lyft and other services as much as I can because the competition is a good thing for drivers. The more companies there are, the more options drivers will have.

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