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10 Things That Make Your Uber Driver Sad

Discussion in 'Uber Drivers Forum' started by Dreamer, Jun 21, 2015.

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  1. Dreamer

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    Uber drivers love you. Let's get that on the table. We love driving because the money can be decent, we are free to roll whenever we want, and the positive energy from our passengers is often life-affirming. You may not think that you are radiating vibes, but you are, and they are usually lovely.

    However there are several things that can make Uber drivers very sad. Because LAist readers are enlightened, wonderful, and always seeking new ways to be better souls, I will share some issues that I have experienced and some I have heard from other drivers that piss us off and make for a not-so-great trip.

    1. Making your driver wait. One benefit for passengers about Uber is you can see how far away your driver is from you as we are heading to pick you up. The app even tells you before you order the ride how many minutes it will take for the car to get to you. Although LA prides itself about being fashionably late, don't pull that with your Uber. Be cool. Indeed if you wanna be super cool, be outside *gasp* waiting for your driver when we arrive. If the app says there is a driver 5 minutes away why would you be shocked when there is a car in your driveway in 5 minutes?

    Perhaps you are unaware, but drivers make $0 as they wait to start the trip. So if you make us wait more than five minutes we can cancel the ride and you get charged $5. Advice: if you still haven't fully prepared for the night on the town when you are considering reaching for the Uber app, do everyone a favor and wait until you're photo-ready before you tap your phone for your ride. We'll be there in just a few minutes. Promise.

    2. No drinking booze, no smoking, no doing drugs. Uber is not a limo. Uber is not your living room. Uber is someone else's car and they're giving you a ride for, on average, 10 minutes. Finish your beer before you use the app. Smoke your cigarette before you get in the car. And if you must do drugs, why would you think a moving vehicle is a good place to do them?

    Your Uber driver is usually driving to make a few extra bucks on top of their regular job. They are not trying to find new ways to go to jail or pay crazy expensive fines because you just opened your Bud Light before you ran out of your frat house and didn't feel like chugging your precious swill.

    Ironically, one thing you probably love about riding in an Uber compared to a taxi is it doesn't smell like an ashtray. So please don't even think about lighting up a cigarette in the backseat. Be considerate to the driver and the next passenger who probably doesn't want to smell your smoke. And please don't ask us to make an exception because that will create an awkward "hell no" from us and turn those positive vibes into something sad.

    3. Bad reviews for obeying the rules. Unlike cabs, Uber drivers get rated after every single ride. It's actually a great way to weed out the bad drivers and provide instant feedback to the company.

    The only problem is the only acceptable rating, in most drivers' minds, is a perfect score: 5 stars. We feel that way because if a driver averages 4 stars they get booted from the system. Technically, if we get lower than a 4.6, we are on thin ice with the company. Therefore, drivers get very nervous when passengers ask if they can smoke or snort or drink in the car. The driver knows they will have to say no and we also know that that can result in a 1 or 2 star rating -- which will take dozens of 5-star rides to overcome.

    At the same time, drivers are instructed by Uber not to solicit 5-star ratings from our passengers, so a good-hearted passenger may think they are giving a positive review when they dole out 4 stars on an average, typical ride. Unfortunately a 4-star rating is bad and a night of them is a nightmare.

    Advice: if everything went well on the ride, give your driver 5 stars. If the car was dirty or the driver was clueless about how to get to your destination, etc., give them lower than 5 stars. But if the ride was fine, keep in mind that a 4 or lower is actually a negative review. Please don't punish us because you wanted to do something that you know in your heart you shouldn't be doing in an Uber, and for Pete's sake don't give a negative review because of things like price or traffic. The driver has no control over those things.

    4. Trying to jam more than four passengers in an UberX. You can get around town so much cheaper in an Uber than a cab because of the low-cost UberX. The 4-door cars are clean, sometimes there's water, phone chargers and/or treats. It's easy to pay. You even get a receipt emailed to you. UberXL gives you all of those features too but in a minivan. If you have four passengers UberX is perfect because there are four seat belts for everyone.We want to see you again. No one wants tragedy to strike because someone wasn't buckled up.

    Advice: If you have 5 or 6 people in your party, order an UberXL and split the fare with everyone via the app or pay people back through Venmo. Or get two UberXs. You'll survive. But please don't try to pack more people in a car than it was designed to handle. It's for your safety, which you may not consider valuable, but we do.

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  2. Uber Downunder

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    Here is a short video presentation of what a Uber rider should not do!



    Hmmm, not sure if Video is being allowed on this site

     
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    Hey Cass!

    How do I load up a YouTube Vid on a post? It's a cracker with Katie Curic as a UBER driver
     
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    i have never had a rider make me sad in any way.
     
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    what about made you mad?
     
  6. ulysses x. dryvver

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    Never sad. Never, never mad.
    Sam I am.
    I would never, ever spam.
    www.
    Green eggs and ham.
     
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    Personally, I like reading the box
    that says "Tools" under the name
    Ulysses S. Dryvver. Curious...also
    "Member 113".......COSMIC, MAN!
     
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    THAT Noddy YouTube that
    You Posted while still in Pyong Yang was Very Educational.
     
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