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4 Ways Uber Drivers Can Save Money

Want to make some money while logging all those miles you put on your car? Being that there is almost a MILLION Uber drivers, you're not alone. If you are planning on joining them, just realize that their vehicles see a lot of miles, so maintenance costs are much higher than average. Here's how you can maintain reliability, keep working behind the wheel, and save some money.



Even when idling or waiting on the next fare, you're burning cash. Thankfully, there are ways to help out with that gas mileage. There are some basic tips like checking your tire pressure, but also less-obvious tips like switching to synthetic oil and keeping tabs on your engine air filter. Experiment with using traffic apps like Waze or Maps to avoid rush hour traffic and delays for maximum gas mileage and get higher ratings from happy riders.


According to Glassdoor, Uber drivers average $13 to $16 per hour. But, we've done the math and it's $0 per hour when your car is in the shop. Your vehicle NEEDS to be reliable, this is how you make your money. So... more miles, more often, means an accelerated maintenance schedule. Keep tabs on your mileage and try your best to go by the manufactures maintenance schedule (according to miles NOT months). Just as a friendly reminder, don't forget the cabin air filter as part of the maintenance routine. An old or dirty cabin filter can cause a lot of unpleasant smells in the cabin that you may not realize. Check the tread depth on your tires regularly. Old tires get loud and lose grip as the tread fades. As someone who doesn't always recommend vehicle warranties, it may be worth looking into as an UBER driver.


When it comes time for brake pads, suspension work or general maintenance, keep Freedom Auto in mind! With our standard 2 Year / 24,000 Mile Warranty on all repairs in addition to our UBER Driver Discount, we are your GO-TO auto repair shop in Chattanooga, TN. Keep up with us on Facebook for special discounts and promotions!

Following the guide above should keep your ride and your wallet ready for more. Have you ever driven for a rideshare service? Let us know your tips and advice in the comments below!

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