Uber driver completes longest journey in Uber’s history, but was it worth it?

Janis Rogers UberPhoto: Chet Strange

Uber drivers are not a charity, so how can you earn a living on these rates of pay?

 

An Uber driver has completed what is believed to the longest Uber ride in history. Janis Rogers picked up a customer outside a Ben & Jerry’s in Williamsburg, Virginia at noon on June 9, who said she needed to go to Brooklyn to see her boyfriend.

Rogers then drove the 397-mile journey in her 2005 Prius to Brooklyn, taking nearly eight hours and costing her customer $294.09, according to the New York Post.

After reaching the destination, she then immediately turned round and drove back to her Newport News, Virginia, home – arriving around 3.45am – and did the entire trip without using the restroom, she said.

Rogers, who didn’t even own a cellphone before joining Uber in May, didn’t make much money on the longest ride, which may be construed as an understatement by those in the trade in the UK.

After driving 15¹/₂ hours round-trip, spending $32 for gas and tolls (she didn’t spend a dime on food or drinks) and around 30 per cent to Uber ($88.20) the trip earned her about $9 per hour, she calculated.

Looking at the figures further, Rogers earned around 25 cent per mile for her trip which when compared to official quoted per mile running costs for her vehicle of around 47 cents per mile, the trip was a substantial loss for Rogers. Furthermore, having driven that amount of miles any sensible or responsible driver would not have worked the day she returned from here record breaking trip, meaning she would have also lost a day’s income.

During the trip, she did not spend any money on food or drinks, and noted the ride was ‘a little bit scary.’ Just to interject here, driving this amount of miles without stopping or rehydrating yourself raises concerns as to the safety of other road users and herself, unless of course she had previously purchased food and drink or already had brought it from home prior to starting her shift.

But credit where credit is due considering Rogers said: ‘I had never been anywhere downtown in New York. I’ve driven through New York to visit my sister in Maine. But never downtown.’

‘I was wide awake and kept on going. I don’t have a problem with going for a long time,’ she told the Post.

Rogers Uber tripRogers and her customer traveled 397 miles from Williamsburg, Virginia to Brooklyn, New York on June 9. The trip took seven hours and 42 minutes and the bill for the fare was $294.09

 

Rogers said she took on the seven hour and 42 minute fare, which was significantly longer than the average Uber ride of 5.4 miles, because ‘it was an adventure.’

She suspects the customer at the time, who she described as a girl who was about 19 or 20, had been taking Uber rides up the coast.

Rogers said when the girl got into her car, she asked the driver ‘how far north can you take me?’

The 64-year-old at the time did not have much going on that day, so she told the girl ‘I’ll take you all the way,’ much to her passenger’s surprise, she said.

The young woman then slept the entire ride while curled up in a blanket Rogers keeps in the back seat of her car, the Uber driver said.

When they arrived at the Putnam Avenue destination in Brooklyn by nightfall, the two parted ways and no tip was offered, she said.

‘She didn’t seem excited to see her boyfriend,’ Rogers told the Post. ‘She was kind of blasé. She looked tired.’

The Uber driver first suspected she might have clocked the longest ride in Uber history when one of her fellow riders searched it on Google. The search reportedly pulled a story about a driver in California who drove a passenger 320 miles from Santa Barbara to Palo Alto in 2014.

As for Roger’s customer, the young woman could have saved money by taking the bus for only $45, a train for $95 or even a flight for $188.

Considering the mileage and time taken to fulfill the journey we would be interested in asking for your feedback in our comments section as to what you would have charged.

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