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How'd you like to make some extra money in your free time?
More and more people are signing up to becomeUber and Lyft drivers. But which service is better to work for and how much can you really make?
Potential drivers have questions
Steven Valentine is just out of the Army.
And since he drives a fuel sipping hybrid Camry, this veteran figured ridesharing would be a great way to earn extra income. He wondered if he should try to drive for Uber or Lyft.
"I was wondering which ones you can earn the most money, which one has better benefits," he said.
At first glance the two rideshare services appear to be very similar, with Uber available in more cities.
But then when you dig deeper, you find that there are quite a few more subtle differences.
Woman has driven for both
Vicky Zwissler has been supplementing her print shop business as a driver for both Uber and Lyft at various times over the past four years. "I love it, I absolutely love it," she said.
She says she's done better with Uber, since it is in more cities, and is many riders are more familiar with it.
But Lyft, she says, has one big advantage: It has always encouraged passengers to leave a tip.
"There is a great tipping feature in Lyft, where the passenger can choose to tip at the end of the ride," she said.
Now, though, Uber is finally adding tipping, so Uber drivers can expect to start receiving tips this summer. It's currently being tested in several markets - including Ann Arbor. You need the newest version of the app to give a tip though.
However, with so many Uber riders not conditioned to tip, Zwissler is not holding her breath.
Don't like the idea of all driving in your own car? Both companies will now let you lease a car instead of wearing out your own car.
Vicky said it's worth considering. "The advantage to leasing is just that: you don't put miles on your car because it is extreme mileage, she said"