Orange County driver Michelle went back to school for one important, but pint-sized, reason — her 7-year-old son. To give him a better life, she’s pursuing a degree in sociology full-time, and hopes to someday work with women and children affected by domestic violence. Juggling motherhood and school keeps Michelle busy, but driving with Lyft lets her spend more time on both.
We caught up with Michelle to hear her Lyft story:
Q: Why did you first start driving with Lyft?
A: I first started driving with Lyft after a good friend told me about it. I thought it would be a good way to make extra money since I was working at my job part time.
Q: What's been your favorite Lyft ride or experience?
A: My favorite Lyft experience was when I had the privilege of picking up a passenger named Randi. She got into my car and flashed the biggest smile after greeting me with a handshake and a big hello. She was running late to work and in spite of this, she still had a positive attitude and even said "Why let one little setback ruin my day?" I was driving her to work and we had a really great conversation. I found out she works with former inmates who are trying to get their lives back on track. Her attitude about life and helping others really inspired me. After I dropped her off and we said our goodbyes I drove away filled with joy and hope. People like Randi make this world a little better.
Q: Describe what the vibe is like inside your Lyft ride. Do you do anything special for passengers?
A: In my car, passengers can expect a fun and relaxed vibe. I allow my passengers to set the mood by choosing their own music if they'd like. I always make sure I have car chargers, water, and snacks available. If they happen to get picked up during the mornings I drive, I even offer doughnuts!
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