Uber Eats delivery. Uber Eats drivers can drive around until they get a request from a restaurant looking for a driver or wait at a restaurant that has partnered with Uber. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Ten years ago, the foods that naturally came to mind when one thought about calling out for delivery were Chinese and pizza. The cost of hiring a full-time delivery driver often prevented restaurants from offering regular food delivery. Now, food from restaurants at every tier, from McDonald’s to the Cheesecake Factory, is being delivered at an astounding rate by several on-demand food delivery services, such as GrubHub, Door Dash and UberEATS.

The ride-sharing economy has proven to be very lucrative over the last few years, with companies like Uber and Lyft claiming that their drivers can make over $20,000 a year driving full-time. However, along with the relatively good income, ride-sharing comes with longer trips and passengers, and high standards on the vehicle being driven. On-demand food delivery services offer an alternative for drivers who want to make money driving but who don’t want to take part in ride-sharing, or who drive an older vehicle. Transporting meals, though, requires different insurance coverage than transporting people.

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