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15 Things Every Uber Driver Needs

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

These 15 things will help you with all of the above and more.

MUST HAVE
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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.

Don't get stranded
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You don’t want to miss out on rides from a dead battery.

Picture it, you are ready to leave to rideshare and your car won’t start. A portable car battery could be the difference of a days work or more. A definite must for any vehicle especially as winter sets in and batteries get cold.

This model has fast USB charging and a flashlight. Long lasting, these batteries really can make a difference.

You'll regret not having it
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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
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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.

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

No more fumbling with wires
4.5/5

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.

Give a courtesy reminder
4.5/5

Eliminate the need to confront passengers about their face mask usage.

If you are requiring masks you definitely need this sign informing your ride. Often a simple sign is all that’s needed to ensure cooperation.

Ideal for rideshare drivers: A great, safe addition to protect yourself and passengers during COVID-19 or even flu season and keep your ratings high.

 

Happy Passengers are Tipping Passengers
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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.

Remind Them To Rate You
4.4/5

Signs are an easy way to communicate expectations 

You want customers to understand what you want from them without needing to repeat yourself ad nauseum. Whether that means no food in the cab, or phone chargers available.

Remind riders of the importance of rating you well without an awkward conversation. Easily keep passengers informed with handy signs.

Dirty Cars Get Low Ratings
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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.

Avoid coverage gaps
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Protect yourself against coverage gaps in insurance with rideshare Insurance

Make sure you are covered!

Personal auto insurance policies will typically exclude any ridesharing activities.

Most rideshare companies offer some insurance coverage but often not enough to cover you fully.

There are a few coverage gaps that exist between your personal auto policy and what ridesharing companies offer their employees.

The best way to cover these gaps is to purchase a rideshare policy through a separate company, such as these:

Protect Yourself
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Best Dash Cams for Uber & Lyft Drivers 2

It’s a great idea to have recordings for rideshare in case of unruly passengers or an accident.

Most passengers won’t mind being recorded and the peace of mind you’ll get is priceless.

Dash cams can be complicated, and what can you afford? We break it down for you. Check out our article on the best Dash Cam Options for every budget.

Keep your view clear
4.8/5

Heavy Duty Wiper Blades

Windshield wipers are one of the most important safety devices on any vehicle. Without proper visiblity, you cannot see the road ahead and your chances of getting into an accident increase dramatically.

If you have noticed that your windshield wipers are streaking, skipping, not cleaning the glass, or just not working in a satisfactory manner overall, it may be time for an upgrade.

Track your miles
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Track expenses and milage automatically

The mileage deduction is one of the most valuable deductions that rideshare drivers can take. By simply tracking your business mileage, you can save more than $10 per 20 business miles tracked.

One helpful tool for tracking business mileage (and saving money) is Hurdlr’s built-in mileage tracker. The app helps rideshare drivers track their mileage, so they can maximize their deductions when tax time rolls around.

Uber used to tell them that the tip was "included"
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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.

RideshareGuru.com 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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