How to Switch Back and Forth Between Uber and Lyft

…switching from one app to the other leads to distracted driving…

Distracted driving is the number one cause of Uber/Lyft crashes, and when a driver has to switch back and forth between both Uber and Lyft driver apps it can cause a serious distraction in a moving vehicle.

In some markets, driving only for Uber or only for Lyft isn’t generating enough income for the driver. To increase chances of getting business, it’s possible to run both driving apps at the same time. When a ride request comes through one, the driver has to switch over and go offline with the other. To do that the driver has to take his or her eyes off the road and concentrate on the phone. This, of course, is distracted driving.

And we all know distracted driving can lead to an accident.

An Uber and Lyft driving using a smart phone to navigate to the next destination.

Imagine a driver with no passenger is on a busy highway. The smartphone is mounted on the dashboard and both the Uber and Lyft driver apps are online at the same time. Suddenly, the Uber app comes to life, making a startling jingle and displaying a blue pulsating button. With only seconds to accept or reject the ride request, the driver presses to accept the ride and a navigation screen is presented on the phone to help navigate to the requesting passenger. Throughout all of this, the Lyft driver app is still online looking for rides. This means the driver next has to switch over to the Lyft app and go off line and then switch back to Uber navigation before putting both hands back on the wheel and both eyes on the road – all while driving on a congested highway surrounded by moving vehicles. Sound like a recipe for disaster? The same happens, of course, if the Lyft app signals for a driver first. All this switching back and forth forces the driver to take his or her eyes off the road, leading to a potentially dangerous situation.

A vehicle involved in a crash clearly has an Uber and Lyft logo displayed on the driver’s door.

Fortunately, there is an Android app to help with that problem (not available for the iPhone). The app is called QRAD and is available on the Google Play Store. It’s free for 30 days so you have a chance to evaluate it before you spend a minimal monthly activation fee.

QRAD runs in the background silently. You don’t have to open it or touch it. When you accept a ride request, the app automatically takes the other driving app offline. When you are finished and drop off your ride, QRAD switches back and turns the other driver app back on. It’s really a very simple solution to a very real problem and it works flawlessly (most of the time). QRAD can be used on a trial basis so you can test it and see how it works. Eventually, however, you’re going to have to pay a low monthly subscription fee.

The author does not have any financial interest in QRAD, but I do have a subscription and I do use it. It really does help you to keep your eyes on the road and reduce the possibility of an accident.

The QRAD app logo as seen on the Google Play store.

On UberPeople.net, LVFatMan says, “I recommend all drivers downloading this app, it’s free for the 1st 30 days .. It automatically toggles Your ride share apps when you accept one it automatically turns the other 1 off and when you Finish a ride it turns it back on, Very good app”. He goes on to say, “also QRAD has alerts now that give you a heads up warning in case the ride type is Uber Pool, Uber Eats, time/distance is too great etc. I was showing it to a friend and he told me it worked for him even though his trial period had already expired. Might be useful to even those who drive only for Uber or only for Lyft.” Here is a look at the kind of notification QRAD gives the driver:

Qrad not only switches between Uber and Lyft, toggling one or the other off when you get a ride, it also places large, clear notifications like this on the screen, notifying the driver how long it will take for the driver to reach the passenger.

How come if we flew to the Moon, nobody ever tried to fly underneath the Earth to see what’s really down there?

Hehehe….. Did someone actually tell you nobody has ever flown around the earth pole to pole?

That’s why you should check your facts before believing conspiracy theories! A good place to start is by going to Snopes.com to do your fact checking.

Not only do some satellites pass “underneath the Earth” to see what’s really down there, so have many airplanes. Furthermore, people live down there, past that “wall of ice” at the South Pole.

Here’s a picture of what it looks like for real.

How Far Can we Drill into the North Pole?

You do realize that there is no solid land over the North Pole, right? There’s ice floating on the ocean, and the ice sheet moves around as it floats. Underneath the ice there is the ocean.

Therefore, to drill into the North Pole you could just drill a hole through the ice until you hit water, or go to the bottom of the ocean and start drilling on the ocean floor.

There’s no specific reason to do so, however, and doing so would be pretty fruitless.

The North Pole has been reached by walking, by ice-breaker ship and by airplane. In the image below, a woman traveling on the Russian nuclear icebreaker Yamal holds a sign marking the North Pole, however, because the ice drifts, the sign also drifted away from the pole.

Sadly, there’s no Santa at the North Pole.

What are some little known facts about Amarillo, TX?

We have the second largest canyon in the USA, just south of here – the Palo Duro Canyon. We have a lot of very fine restaurants. The international airport terminal is small and easy to navigate. The airport, Rick Husband International Airport, was named after Rick Husband, who died in the shuttle descending back to Earth. He was the captain of the crew. There’s the famous Cadillac Ranch! It’s windier in Amarillo on average than it is in Chicago.

Skinny Dipping in the Adirondacks

When I was a young boy we used to go hiking in the Adirondacks. My father would sling an ax over his shoulder and my mother and her three boys would set out on an adventure in the mountains.

We would come across leantoos. This is basically a wooden shack with a roof and one side open to the elements. It was shelter provided by the park service. We’d set up camp and spend the night.

Leantoo in the Adirondack Mountains, New York State.
Typical leantoo in the Adirondack Mountains.

I was the youngest of three boys and although these were really cool adventures, my brothers were 8 and 10 years older than me, so I used to complain a lot about all the walking.

Some of the places we visited had water falls and pools of deep, cold and fresh water. Because nobody thought to bring bathing suits, they went skinny dipping.

Now, don’t try. They’re watching from the sky.

Specialized spy satellites that can photograph things as small as a fist are flying above us. I can even see the junk in my backyard by searching Google Earth, and word is the governments have even better satellites flying at over 17,000 mph about 200 miles above.

India and China

They call the place Asia, but it’s a pretty big place and no significant geographical separation from Europe, and therefore we have a Euro-Asian continent. What really separates Asia from Europe is culture and people.
Now, let’s talk about the Himalayan Mountains that span 7 countries and separate India from China. Both are part of Asia, but both are completely different worlds. China invaded India once and there is still some disputed land between the two countries, but those mountains, biggest mountains in the world, separate the two countries into completely different people and cultures. Oriental Asians, including China, have the famous “slanted-eyes” while natives of India do not.
The mountains are a big deal. Head up into them and you’ll see a gradual transition of the local people from India to Oriental.

How many main longitudes are there in the earth?

The answer is infinite. It’s like asking how many pieces can slice out of a pie. Or like asking if I take a pie and eat half of what’s there each day, will I ever finish the pie?
Longitude merely slices the planet into vertical pieces. You can have an infinite number of those slices. Principally, any sphere or circle has 360 degrees. Each degree is a longitude, and any slice thereof. If fact, wherever you stand on Earth is a longitude, and you can look it up with certain apps on your smart phone.
But in terms of whole numbers, a circle has 360 degrees. Each degree has 60 minutes. Kinda like a big clock.

Why are you living your life?

Why are any of us living our lives?
As for me… Well, I was born, so I gotta live, right? Life is exciting. Lots of things to learn, to see, smell, hear, touch, lots of places to go, people to meet, philosophies to study, books to read, Avenger movies to go to, Facebook and Twitter feeds to follow, Quora to check out. Sometimes life is boring, too, but no matter what, time marches on. One day I was a teenage boy with beautiful brown hair and now I’m a senior citizen with beautiful white hair. I had a lot of adventures in between, but it sure seems to have gone by quickly now that I’m here. In any case, I was born – I didn’t choose to be born – but while I’m here I’m having a good ride.

If you were to purchase a brand new car today (in 2018) and money were no object, what optional or standard features would be important or useful to you?

I’d go with an all electric vehicle that could go over 300 miles with a charge, charge quickly, has Bluetooth to connect to my phone when I’m driving, an airbag that won’t kill me if I crash, tinted windows, heated seats and steering wheel, power seats, separate temperature control for driver and passengers, and finally, a sunroof.