Why I Don’t Chase Peak Pay

When I was new, I always got excited about peak pay and it became a goal to always qualify for it. That lasted for about a month until I started to notice my attitude going down. Peak pay, in the cities I work, almost always requires me to take offers I normally wouldn’t take. Taking bad offers gets me into a bad mood. I’m going to be out driving regardless of whether or not it’s offered.

Most of these are distances I don’t want to take; 7, 10, 12 miles. Other offers are simply bad because I figured out how to maximize my time. It didn’t take long before noticing that my Red Robin took a full 30 minutes to get the order ready, especially at dinner time. Same with IHOP on Saturday mornings – 30+ minute wait. There’s a certain Thai restaurant near me that refuses to make the order until the driver arrives. If it’s busy, we’re talking 40 minutes. Nope.

Other orders were too low – $4 and $5. I don’t take anything under $6.

If peak pay is average, around $2 to $3, I could make the same amount simply by following my system; nothing more than 7 total miles, nothing less than $6 and declining restaurants I know are going to take 30 or more minutes.

With that said, you also have to work the math. Let’s say I’ve already completed 5 deliveries, but I’m just over 80%. I can’t decline another one but peak pay is $4. That means I’ve made $20 extra so far. I’m not going to decline the next offer. It might be $6 for 10 miles but that single run is worth a total of $25 in peak pay. I’ll certainly drive 10 miles for $25. But after that, I might be inclined to end my dash to lock in that peak pay.

(Note: It can be risky to end your dash to lock in earned peak pay since your zone might be gray which means you can’t get back on.)

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