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10 Things Every Uber Driver Needs


More tips, better ratings, preserving your car, making your life easier...

These ten items will help you with all of the above and more.


WeatherTech makes custom fitted floor liners and mats for nearly every make and model of vehicle. 

The perfect fit means that nothing makes it to your carpet. You can pull these out and hose them off and they fit right back in place perfectly.  WeatherTech mats have raised edges, so snow, mud, liquids and anything else from shoes, spills, etc. stay in the mat until you take it out and remove it.

This is a must have item in any climate, but especially for people taking kids or passengers in their car on a regular basis.  Preserving the condition of your vehicle makes these mats pay for themselves.

You'll regret not having it

You’re wrong if you think that the only people that throw up in an Uber are the late night bar hoppers.

People get car-sick, they have the flu, they eat something that disagrees with them.  Eventually, it’s going to happen to just about every Uber driver.

These are the bags used by hospitals for sick patients and are designed for quick access as well as easy containment. The alternative is having someone throw up in your car, you have to get it detailed, you have to try to get a cleanup fee reimbursement and you can’t work for the next few hours at least.   You can get a pack of 24 for around $12.

Long Term Protection for Your Vehicle
Seat Covers

Think of the worst thing that can happen and a minor inconvenience. It may There are a lot of bad things that could happen in-between. Dog hair, cookie crumbs, vomit, or worse. 

You don’t usually feel relief from buying car insurance until you get in an accident. The same goes for seat covers. You may not know that you needed them until it’s too late. Besides protecting your car, someone making a mess can result in you not being able to work for the rest of the day.  With the right seat covers, you can remove them and clean them.

There are a variety of options fitted for your specific vehicle and they aren’t really that expensive. Certainly not as expensive as not having them can be.

Up to $10 every time you refer a new passenger

Freebird is an app that gives your passengers cash back every time they take Uber or Lyft. They will pay you $10 for each new rider that signs up with your referral code, so these cards can REALLY increase your earnings.

First, download the Freebird App and enter the code RSGURU. You will get $10 back on your first two rides as a passenger.

Once you’ve done that, you can tap “Invite & Get Cash” in the app and it will show you YOUR referral code.

Now you can order cards from with your code printed on them and give them to your friends, family and, most importantly, your passengers.

Earn $100-$300 Per Month with This Free Tablet

Play Octopus sends you a free tablet and mount. You mount it to your headrest for your passengers to enjoy and get paid for having it in your car. 

Besides you getting paid just for having the tablet when doing rides, you’re paid based on how much your passengers interact with the tablet. Passengers play games, watch videos and earn prizes, so beside them being entertained, they can win something as an added bonus. The more they use the tablet, the more you earn.  

In addition, it reminds them to tip and can have some (optional) bio info about you. Try it. If you don’t like it, you can send it back. There is no cost to you.

The Mini Convenience Store

Cargo sends you a free box with candy, gum, snacks and more and you get $1/sale plus a percentage of total sales.

Passengers make their purchase through the Cargo App and you get notified to let them take an item. Cargo is always giving away freebies to new customers, but you will still get paid on the free items so it’s a win-win.

Most drivers report earning an additional $50-$200 per month having this in their car. When you run out of items, Cargo sends you refills for free.

No more fumbling with wires

You should never take your eyes off of the road to look at a phone in your lap. Mount your phone in your line of sight so you don’t miss anything.

On top of the safety aspect, being able to click your phone in with one hand and have it begin charging immediately is really convenient.  

Most of these chargers work with Apple, Samsung and most other wireless charging capable phones.

Happy Passengers are Tipping Passengers

If their phone is dead, they can’t tip you or give you a good rating.

Powapod has Apple, USB-B and USB-C chargers with retractable cables, so there is no mess of cables to get pulled or stepped on and ruined.

It attaches to the back of your headrest or anywhere else you would like to place it. There isn’t much more to know. It’s convenient for your passengers and the retractable cables are hassle free.

Dirty Cars Get Low Ratings

Not much needs to be said here. Keep your car clean!

The vacuum cleaners at gas stations aren’t always free and they don’t usually have an upholstery brush to get the little crumbs, dirt and dust from the small crevices and between the fabric fibers.

This can be tucked away in your trunk so it’s available any time you need it. Mine fits with the spare tire, so it’s not taking up trunk space at all.

Uber used to tell them that the tip was "included"
Tip Jar

Most people would never think to stiff a bartender or a taxi driver, but they seem to feel that Uber drivers are different.

A small tip jar/box can gently remind them that this is a service industry job and a personal thank you note reminds them that you are a person working hard for your living.

There are several styles available. Find one that fits your personal style. makes no guarantees in respect to any products or offers. Your experience may differ from ours. Read the fine print and reviews when selecting any products or services. The information above is as of 12/10/2019.   We may receive a referral fee for recommending some of the products, apps or services listed on this website.  This article is for informational purposes only.

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