Understanding the where and when to deliver is a plus for Uber eat drivers. This is something that you pick up over time, but learning the hotspots in your town is a great way to start.
Best days and areas
Weekends are usually the most appealing days to drive in London. Making deliveries between Friday and Sunday generally gives you 44% more earnings than driving from Monday to Thursday. So, ensure you make the most of the weekend demands.
The best areas to deliver change based on the day that you are driving and the time that you are driving. Different areas have different days of the week and times of the day that can be considered as best.
From Monday to Thursdays, some of the areas that are best between 5 am, and 9 am include:
- Liverpool Street
- West Fulham & Parsons Green
- City Road
- Paddington (especially the station)
- Victoria Station
- Soho & The Strand
- King’s Cross & Euston (especially the stations)
- London Bridge Station
Areas to avoid:
- City of London
On Fridays and Saturdays, the areas that are best to drive in between 10 pm and 2 am are
- Soho & The Strand.
- Brixton Road, Brixton
- London Bridge
- Clapham Road & Battersea Rise, Clapham
- Liverpool Street
- Putney High Road, Putney
On Sundays, the following areas are found to be lucrative between 9 am, and 1 pm as well as between 9 pm and 1 am
- Notting Hill Gate
- Old Street
- Victoria Station
- Earl’s Court
Note that it is more likely to receive more deliveries in areas that have more uber eats restaurants, mostly in downtown regions. You can easily note a busy area from the app as these regions are marked with higher boost multiples.
You may also need to be online throughout as you may receive occasional communications from uber through emails, text messages, or in-app messages about high demand areas, peak times, promotions, and busy uber eats restaurants around. With all this information you can choose to use it to make more money.
Weekdays are usually quieter. However, starting earlier in the day can be helpful. If you work between 5 am, and 9 am, then you can earn about 53% more than the late morning drivers who drive between 9 am and 1 pm. So, if you can get up early, it is a plus for you.
Weekends are a great period to make more money. London is full of individuals who like pubs and parties at late hours. If you work between 10 pm and 2 am on Friday and Saturdays, you can gain an income of up to 28% averagely as compared to driving between 6 pm and 10 pm.
Morning hours and evenings are great times to deliver on Sundays. During these times, you can generally earn 25% more than heading out in a late afternoon.
Between 9 pm-1 am is another time with crowds of people who are returning to the city through the train after a weekend getaway. Averagely, a driver can make 40% more than if they started driving at 1 am.
There is also a high demand for Uber eats when it is raining or when it is too cold outside.
During this period of COVID 19, pandemic Uber eats apps have also increased their traffic. With the need to keep social distance and to self-isolate, most residents find it convenient to use Uber to eat London. At such times when there is a pandemic, Uber drivers may also cautiously take some requests to deliver.
Point to note
Treating uber eats delivery as a full-time job will help you tap into the best times and easily navigate through the busiest areas. This is the key to making the most of this career.
When working as a freelancer, it is easy to be tempted to sleep early and wake up late or to hang out with friends anytime. However, if you want to be successful in this business, you have to be responsible for being there every day and most of the time even late at night.
If you treat your delivery job as the traditional jobs, you will be able to earn more unless on particularly slower weekdays. And during a surge period, you will be able to earn a lot more.
The ball is on your side now! It would help if you were a perfect timer and at the right location.