As rideshare platforms like Lyft and Uber increase in popularity, more and more people are choosing to consider doing these types of jobs on a part time, or even full-time basis.
In other words—there are a lot of people out there right now who are choosing to make the rideshare lifestyle their primary mode of income.
(And for good reason. It actually pays pretty well!)
But here’s the issue.
Driving around all the time can actually fatigue your body to a pretty substantial degree.
You can suffer from a stiff and sore back, cramped legs, a tired neck—and even cramped, restless, or sore legs.
So in this post, we’re going to get real about how to actually stay comfortable as a full-time Lyft or Uber driver.
Sure, that rideshare gig money can be great.
But you also deserve to be comfortable (and healthy) while you do it!
Let’s dive in and talk about it.
Here are our top 5 tips for how to make it happen.
1. Get Plenty Of Sleep The Night Before
Getting plenty of sleep before heading out to do rideshare work is important.
Not only will this help you to prevent the potential for accidents (including those dreaded motorcycle accidents), but it’ll also help you to stay alert and awake as you conduct your business.
Let’s be honest about two things:
Feeling sleepy while you drive is not only unsafe—it’s also downright miserable.
If you catch yourself feeling drowsy, take a nap.
But even better—make sure you get a full 8 hours of sleep the night before.
One rideshare driver we spoke to talked about how he always made sure to stretch before starting his work for the day.
But he also said this:
“I make sure to stretch between customers, too.”
Whenever he’d drop someone off, he’d take a minute to do a few simple stretches before getting back into the car.
This helped him to stay limber and loose for the next trip.
3. Make Your Seat Comfortable
Sometimes, car seats are designed for optimal comfort.
And sometimes—your specific body shape, height, or even the length of your arms or legs will render a normally ‘comfortable’ seat as ‘very uncomfortable.’
To combat this, you can do a few things to help counteract the problem.
If you’re just a bit too tall for your seat, consider leaning it back a bit to keep from needing to constantly ‘scrunch down’ to see out of the top of your windshield.
If your lower back starts to feel pressured, put a small pillow behind it for lumbar support.
You can also buy memory foam seat cushions to help you increase the overall comfort of your seat, and to help you ease up on that muscle fatigue as you drive.
4. Maintain Proper Driving Posture
As much as it is possible, try to maintain proper driving posture while driving for prolonged periods of time.
This is especially important when you’re driving for Lyft or Uber, as you’ll probably be putting in long hours of drive time with few breaks in between.
5. Try To Eat Healthy Portions And Food Choices While Driving
We get it.
It’s super tempting to run through the drive through for a greasy burger and some deep-fried french fries every so often while you’re piling up that rideshare cash.
All that works makes you hungry.
Plus, you deserve it… right?
Well, maybe you do.
But it’s also important to consider that gaining weight and eating a less-healthy diet will overall make you less comfortable as you drive.
By contrast, consider eating healthier options between rides.
Drink some bottled water, eat some fruit, snack on some nuts, and maybe even pack a healthy salad or some meat and cheese to satiate your hunger.
These types of food choices won’t cause you to gain excess weight—and they’ll just in-general help you to feel a lot better as you drive for a surplus of hours each day.
There you go.
5 tips for helping you to stay maximally comfortable while driving for your Lyft or Uber rideshare gig.
Staying comfortable will keep you safer and healthier—and as a result, you’ll tend to be happier and offer better customer service.
This will probably also earn you more tips, and just in-general get you better ratings.
Now that you’ve set yourself up for success, it’s time to get out there and make it happen.
You’ve got this!
We’ll see you on the open road.