Millions of people all over the world joined Uber in the past decade to make money and supplement their incomes. From college students to retirees, Uber has helped many people create their own part-time or full-time job. In the very first years of Uber’s debut, driving for Uber was a lucrative second job. They can set their own hours, drive around in their favorite areas, stop whenever they wish, and even receive tips. But now that Uber has developed more in the last two years, the perks are better than ever. But working for any company or place, even Uber, is not about the perks. It’s about the day to day operations that govern your position.
What is it like to drive 4-10 hours a day in your car? How does the average passenger act? In this article, we will walk you through the life of an Uber driver and the different aspects of their work.
Here’s what you need to know about being an Uber driver:
Your constant battle with traffic
One major element of driving for Uber (or driving in general) is traffic. If you had a regular job, then you would only deal with traffic before and after you worked. But now, traffic is a part of the work. It would be best if you made peace with the traffic. You cannot look at traffic the same way as you would if you had a regular job. Doing so would increase your stress level to phenomenal heights. Many drivers report quickly becoming tired out of radio channels and new channels, as many of the radio channels
Protect Yourself With a Dash Cam
Uber doesn’t require that you record your daily ongoings when you are driving for them. But to protect yourself and your passengers from bad drivers and other passengers who are unruly, it is in your best decision to have a dashcam and interior camera Installing and operating a dual dash camera can protect you from false bad reviews, show you which passenger damaged your backseat or passenger seat. Recording inside and outside of the car while driving can also provide evidence that you can show the police or your insurance in case you’re in a traffic accident where you weren’t the one driving recklessly. Many drivers have been able to report terrible passengers and win their court cases and incident reports because their dash camera was recording the event.
The ability to be tipped is one of the best features of working for Uber. Many drivers earn $25+ an hour when they factor in the tips their passengers give them. But like the restaurant industry, tipping is not guaranteed. So, even if you provide service that is above and beyond the standard service, you won’t be sure if you’re receiving additional compensation. Most trips will get you at least $1 as a tip, but some people reward you with more money, especially if you helped them with their luggage or groceries.
A clean car is a happy car
Just like an office or desk, you should keep your car clean and neat. Not just for your sake but also the comfort of your passengers. A dirty vehicle could convey to your passengers that you are also a bad driver, even if you’re a good driver. Even worse, passengers can give you a low rating because they didn’t like the interior of your car. So a clean vehicle can keep you from losing your ranking and getting a suspension. If you vacuum and wipe down the panels and seats of your car every few days, you’ll be able to keep it clean without too much extra work.
What to take away from this article
If you choose to be an Uber driver, be ready to share the enclosed space of your car with strangers all day long. You’ll constantly be on the alert as you dodge cars and pedestrians, and don’t get us started on the drunk passengers you’ll get if you drive around on Saturday night in a party area. But if you need a flexible job that you can do at any time, then Uber or Uber eats is one of the best options out there on the market.