We pair riders with drivers who'll arrive the soonest. This keeps drivers busy and riders with low ETAs. When you drop off a rider, it's likely that your next request will be close by.
We also keep in mind driver and rider preferences. For example, if a driver is using a location filter or if either person has ever rated the other three stars or below.
We consider many factors when pairing drivers and riders such as:
the distance between the rider’s and driver’s locations
driver ride preferences (e.g. location filters)
expected benefits and costs to drivers, riders, and Lyft.
To get more ride requests:
make sure all filters (like location filters or ride type restrictions) are off
go closer to areas of high demand
limit phone interactions
drive safely and follow local traffic laws and Lyft’s Community Guidelines