As of 2015, the ride sharing app Uber had over 8 million users and fulfilled more than 1 million rides every day. If you’re one of the many drivers providing services to Uber riders, there are several items you should have in your vehicle to make your partnership with Uber platform easier and keep your passengers comfortable.
Cell Phone Accessories
Your cell phone is your connection to the Uber universe and your guide as you shuttle riders from pickup to destination. Invest in a hands-free mount with a swiveling base so that you can use these features legally while driving. Charging cords for Android and Apple phones allow you and your passengers to charge up on the go. Grab an audio cable to play music from your collection on rides, or let riders play tunes from their own phones.
Miles driven for Uber platform can be written off on your taxes as a business deduction. Purchase a cheap mileage log at your local office supply store or download a logging app to track how far you drive.
Basic pen and paper come in handy for recording each Uber task. Write down who you picked up, when and where. Record the same for drop-offs. Chances are you won’t need this information for anything aside from personal records, but just in case you need to defend yourself or you discover a passenger was less than honest, you’ll have proof to support your side of the story.
Unreliable weather, absentmindedness and accidents can leave you stranded, and no rider wants to sit around waiting for AAA to bail you out. Jumper cables ensure your battery can always get a jolt from another vehicle and you can be on your way with minimal delays.
First Aid Kit
Being prepared in case of emergencies is the mark of a smart driver. You can purchase a ready- made first aid kit or pack your own with basic essentials. This is one item you’ll hopefully never need, but it’s handy to have in the event of an emergency.
Electronic Toll Transponder
You’re likely to pass through a lot of toll booths as a driver-partner,and juggling change every time slows rides down. An electronic toll transponder, such as E-ZPass,lets you zip through toll lines and lets you focus on getting riders to their destinations.
Basic Passenger Amenities
Earn a reputation for caring about rider comfort by stocking your car with:
• Paper towels and tissues
• Hand wipes or hand sanitizer
• Bottled water
• Gum or mints
• Packaged snacks
• Emesis bags for queasy riders
You don’t have to create a luxury experience, but passengers appreciate drivers who take the time to make rides more enjoyable.
With Uber and other ride sharing services now surpassing taxis in popularity, it pays to be a well- equipped driver. Providing comfort and safety for every rider means higher ratings and more jobs, helping to maximize your income from this growing industry.