Toronto Uber Driver Makes Four Times More During Snowstorm

Determined to help as many people as she could during the snowstorm, a Toronto Uber driver equipped with a large van, snow tires, and time on her hands ended up earning four times more, thanks to the surge pricing throughout the day (via CityNews).

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Forest Atkinson, who moved to Toronto from Ottawa in 2020, says she’s well versed in driving through wintery conditions. As her boyfriend is a wheelchair user, she leased a wheelchair-accessible van from Uber and it has been her full-time job for a little over a year.

She also likes to decorate the van from top to bottom with lights and festive baubles for holidays like Christmas, Easter and Halloween.

Atkinson started her day early, dropping a friend from North York to Newmarket at around 6:30 a.m. By the time she got there, the snowstorm had begun and she knew it was going to be a rough day for commuters in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

“I just realized how big of a day it was going to be.” she said. “I was determined to pick up everybody that called an Uber that I got.” Atkinson says she drove 300 kilometres for Uber that day.

“That’s just the fares — it doesn’t include the mileage that I drove to get people,” she explained.

On a normal day, Atkinson says she averages about $150 to $200, making her wages about $20 an hour. On Monday, thanks to long fares and hefty surge pricing, she made more than four times that amount.

“It was $750 on the app for that day,” she explained. “But then the passengers were so gracious and so nice to me — with tips, I made $863.”