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New Drivers: Best Practices for Safety, Profit Maximization, and High Ratings

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  1. Desert Driver

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    New Drivers - some of the items below may seem extreme at first blush. However, as you gain more driving experience you will come to embrace these suggestions wholeheartedly, I promise. Good luck...and have fun out these! Driving for U/L is a ton of fun, but don't ever allow yourself to be taken advantage of or your expected $10 per hour will quickly become $4 per hour.

    Uber best practices for safety, high ratings, and profit maximization.

    •Don't even think about driving until you've purchased a commercial livery insurance policy. That'll run you about $4500 per year so you're going to be doing a lot of driving at first. But you really have no choice in the matter. Your personal insurance company is going to drop you if they learn you're driving for Uber. And the Uber contingent liability policy DOES NOT cover your medical claim or your property claim in the event you are involved in an at-fault accident.
    •Never pick up a pax with a rating lower than 4.7. (Jesus, how hard is it to be a 5-star pax? How about not being a douchebag?)
    •Never respond to a ping more than 10 minutes away. (Yes, it might be a decent fare, but the odds are against you. Dead miles do you no good whatsoever.)
    •If you're traveling, never respond to a ping behind you.
    •When you arrive at pickup location and pax is not present, DO NOT call or text the pax. Start a stop watch and cancel at 5:01 and move on.
    •For the love of God, NEVER had out gum, candy, mints, water, etc. to paxs. There is no upside, it costs you money, and it creates more mess for you to clean up.
    •If a pax leaves something behind in your car. DO NOT make the effort to return it. If you follow Uber's rules it'll actually cost you money and time to return it. If the pax needs it back, he/she will track you down through Uber. When that happens you can negotiate an appropriate fee to return the item. It doesn't matter what the item is - wallet, phone, eyeglasses, event tickets, clothing, jewelry, etc.
    •ABC - Always Be Compensated. You're an independent contractor. Don't do anything without being paid. If you wish to run your car as a charity the folks over at Meals on Wheels would love to speak with you.
     
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  2. Lidman

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    Good comments, especially about the livery insurance. It always seems to be a gray area with uber. Which is another term for not covered.
     
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    Hey, that crazy coyote just got marched out of that other place.
     
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    that crazy red formen got two love notes today from "that other place" and he hadn't even posted there today..... hmmm go figure
     
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    Same here. But I got promoted to colonel on this site. So maybe it wasn't too bad.
     
  6. Desert Driver

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    Yawohl, Herr Kommandant!

    Now, where's your avatar?
     
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