A good rule of thumb is that you should record your mileage with Stride when you're actively working.
The mileage that you incur on your way to your first passenger, between passengers, and back home could all be deductible.
Here's additional information on each of those mileage types:
From home (or wherever you start driving) to the first passenger: Whenever you're online with your rideshare app and you have the intention of accepting rides, your mileage is deductible. If you're matched with a passenger, your mileage from your current location to the passenger is deductible since you're actively working!
Between passengers: As long as you're both online with your rideshare apps and you intend to accept rides, you are still considered to be working--which makes your mileage deductible!
From your last passenger to home: There are a few different ways you would be able to deduct this mileage. If any of the following circumstances are true, then this mileage is deductible:
- You stay online with your ridesharing app (and intend to accept rides!) until you reach home. Note that if you stay online but deny all trips, then your mileage would not be deductible since you don't intend to make money.
- Your home is your primary place of business. If you tend to do administrative tasks for your rideshare business from your home (such as organizing your finances, planning your driving shifts for the week, etc.), then you could classify your home as your "primary place of business." This means that driving from your last trip to home would have a business purpose.
- You're returning home from a temporary work location. If you tend to work in one area but drive elsewhere in search of higher fares for a special occasion, then you are technically returning from a "temporary work location," which would make your mileage deductible.
What this means is if you work consistently throughout the day, without taking many breaks, you may only have to open the Stride App a few times throughout the day. You can run the Stride app in the background while you use your rideshare app, but we do recommend periodically bringing Stride to the foreground of your screen, to “remind” your phone that it’s still in use on purpose.
We also recommend recording in 3-4 hour intervals. This has to do with the active memory on your device; longer drives compound over time and take up RAM on your phone, which can interfere with drive quality.