Many of us ride Uber and Lyft (and taxis, for that matter) without consciously considering the fact that the vehicle we are riding in is being driven by someone we don’t know very much about. A company called Zendrive is a startup that collects data on drivers using sensors on their smartphones. The sensors can detect everything from when a driver is speeding, to when they’re talking on the phone or slamming on the brakes. Zendrive recently partnered with SherpaShare, which is used by over 10,000 contract drivers (who work at companies like Uber and Lyft) to compile hours of work, number of miles driven and expenses for various driving gigs.
Times to Ride Uber
Zendrive found that the safest time of day to take a rideshare was weekday mornings (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.), and weekend evenings (9 p.m. to 12 a.m.). Best to avoid weekday afternoons and weekend mornings as that was when drivers were most distracted. The vast majority of accidents are the result of human error, with roughly 30% of accidents involving phone usage.
Obviously, the safest time of day to take a rideshare is not necessarily the best (and cheapest) time of day!