How to make money driving to places (without Uber)

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If you’re aged between 17-25 and you’ve passed your driving test…


Yes, you really can buckle up and cash in at the same time without becoming an Uber driver or similar.

To encourage sensible driving, this app allows new drivers aged 17-25 to get Amazon e-gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, a free Boost smoothie, free food and more by earning points for the journeys you’re already making.

Free gift cards for driving

In just a couple of months, I received £19 worth of Amazon gift cards, a large Boost smoothie and £5 Starbucks gift card all for free. For driving to and from places like I usually would do.

How to make money driving:

This genius app is called Shotgun (as in the car game when you claim the front seat, not the weapon). Created by Direct Line, it encourages new young drivers to be more sensible and safe on the roads by rewarding points for each journey made. You don’t have to be a customer of Direct Line or even interested in them at all to use it.

1.5% of all drivers are 17-19 years old, yet they’re involved in 9% of all fatal or serious crashes*

The safer and better you drive, the more points you get.

It’s a really simple concept and having used it myself last year, I highly recommend it! I earnt freebies for driving to work which I was already doing.

You must turn your location on before you start the journey so the app can track you using GPS. If you’re driving at an unsafe time such as late at night or during rush hour then you may lose points as this is classed as ‘high risk’. Obviously, sometimes you can’t avoid driving at certain times but it doesn’t deduct enough points to make a big difference.

You’ll also lose points or not gain them as quickly if you’re regularly speeding or driving unsafely. Shotgun also picks up on your braking so if you brake too sharply it will show up. All journeys are displayed in the ‘journey dashboard’ which shows a line of where you’ve driven to/from.

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So you’ve just learnt the easiest way how to make money driving using Shotgun…what now?

Continue using this app until it’s tracked 1,000 miles. At this point, if you’ve not received enough points to unlock all of the rewards then unfortunately you can’t access the ones you haven’t earned. Here’s some tips to ensure you earn the most points within the 1,000 miles:

  • Don’t use the app for short journeys. You won’t make many points for it but you’ll be adding miles towards the 1,000 limit.
  • Remember to track your journey both to and from a location, that way you’re getting the points for both.
  • Most importantly: redeem your rewards as you go along. Some rewards expire or there is a limited number so I suggest you claim a reward as soon as you can rather than waiting until you reach 1,000 miles. There’s no prize for saving them all until the end.


*source from, Department for Transport and Brake, 2014.

If you’re going to start using Shotgun after reading this, let me know by leaving a comment below 

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  1. This is awesome. I didn’t know about this. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of and connect with amazing brands!


  2. I’m looking forward to giving this a go. I drive 110 miles a day 5 days a week, so it should only take me 2 weeks to reach the 1,000 miles and hopefully receive some rewards. This may also save me some money on petrol as I should take more notice of my speed and to avoid harsh braking. Thank you for the tips Katie x

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