The sharing economy is a force to be reckoned with. Growing companies such as Uber and Instacart are not only revolutionizing the way consumers buy – they’re redefining the concept of “work” for employers within and outside of this new model.
The sharing economy’s success depends on vast networks of drivers ready to bring passengers from point A to point B, transport groceries and deliver everything from take-out to dry cleaning. While the 1099 contractor status that many of these drivers fall under affords them flexibility over their schedules, it also presents distinct obstacles around vehicle mileage tracking and maintenance.
Runzheimer surveyed more than 130 U.S. adults who drive for sharing economy companies in order to understand their unique vehicle reimbursement and maintenance challenges, the tools they use to manage their on-demand driving activity, and the support they want most from their employers. Key findings from the research include:
- 93% of drivers feel they’d have more time to spend working if their sharing economy employer offered tools that made it easier to track mileage
- 61% of drivers pay some money out of pocket to cover vehicle maintenance expenses
- 48% of all drivers have logged miles for their sharing economy gig while on the clock for their full-time (non-sharing economy) job