Meet Brandon, one of Dallas’ five-star Lyft drivers. Brandon is a graphite artist who drives with Lyft in his spare time. He has completed over 400 five-star rated trips and made tons of personal connections since he started back in April. In addition to icy cold water and candy, Brandon is known by his passengers for his art on display. It’s like a mobile art gallery! We took a ride with Brandon to see what makes him tick and find out why he loves driving with Lyft.
What made you want to drive with Lyft?
"Convenience and flexibility. Growing up I was all over Dallas, using the transit system. Then I started seeing mustaches around town and wondering what they were. I learned I could use Lyft as an alternative. It was so easy and affordable. I remember my first Lyft ride: the driver had water, gum, and let me put on a playlist. As an artist, I was especially drawn to the flexibility drivers have."
What’s your secret? How do you get five-star ratings?
"I treat Lyft like it’s my own business. I go on Yelp, Dallas Observer, etc. to see what’s going on in the area. When I pick up people at the airport, they don't really know much about Dallas. Knowing all the hot spots makes sure travelers and locals have a good time. I'm also really big on sharing statistics or facts. Like, did you know DFW Airport is larger than Manhattan?"
What advice do you have for a new Lyft driver?
"Know your area and love people. As flexible as you are with your schedule, be adaptable to people. At the end of the day, it's about people driving people. It's why I prefer Lyft, the people appreciate you. When you know the person you're driving has a story just like you, you’re able to relate better and time flies cause you’re having more fun. You know it’s a good ride when your passenger goes, 'Wow! We’re here already?!'"
What’s your favorite thing about driving?
"The perks. I go to the movies every week because of the perks. I use the Shell card for gas. I’ve gotten hotel discounts. This job saved me. It allowed me to get this car, my last car, go on vacation, provide for myself, go out with friends or my girlfriend. Lyft has helped me team up with a lot of local people. It allows me to do my art, have a work space. It's a game changer."
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