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- Western Sydney

- mustafur

As @mustafur theorized, my guess is that the Uber driver's example covers more than one day. Perhaps a full week:

Day one: Drives for five hours, earns $40, spends nothing on fuel, average earnings $8/hour

Day two: Drives for five hours, earns $40, spends nothing on fuel, average earnings $8/hour

Day three: Drives for five hours, earns $40, spends nothing on fuel, average earnings $8/hour

Day four: Drives for five hours, earns $40, spends nothing on fuel, average earnings $8/hour ($40/5hrs = $8/hr)

Day five: Drives for five hours, earns $40, spends $30 on fuel, average earnings $2/hour ($40-$30=$10/5 = $2)

So the weekly average is $6.80/hour ($200-$30=$170/25hrs = $6.80)

I could see where an Uber driver might need to re-fuel their car only once a week if they were only working five hours a day and they earned only $40 per day (which seems to imply quite a bit of stationary time, waiting for the next passenger). The above is not a very profitable scenario, but at least its nearly the minimum wage.

Given how it's been in my experience he would likely be filling every 3rd day at that sort of hours(don't know what car he is using but mine is a 2015 Mazda 2 so the car isn't burning fuel like crazy).