Think of it as fishing with two fishing poles in the lake at one time. When you get a nibble, you bring in the other line and work the one where you got the nibble. Many drivers in smaller cities have both the Uber Driver app and Lyft Driver app online at the same time. When they get a signal to pick up an Uber passenger, they’ll quickly flip over to Lyft and go offline, and visa versa.
“It doubles my chances of picking up a rider,” reported one driver. “But of the two, I get more business from Uber than from Lyft.”
In big cities and highly populated areas, the strategy of having two apps running is unnecessary. Pick whichever one you want to use and go with it. Most of the time the next ride is ready as soon as you drop off your passenger, and so it’s “back to back.” In smaller cities, however, it’s a different story. Lyft and Uber drivers get a notification of a ride, go to the pickup, drive the passenger to where they want to go, and then … nothing. So they usually drive home and wait a few hours. In areas where the use of Uber and Lyft are only moderate at best, having both apps open at the same time makes a lot of sense.
The trick is to make sure you turn off the other app as soon as you get a ride request. Even still, in cities of populations of 150,000 to 250,000 it’s hard to make a living from either Uber or Lyft (or both). Having both apps open at the same time will increase income for any given driver.