I’ll admit it. Before my first drive with Uber, I was really nervous! The thought of a stranger getting in my car with no partition to protect me from their attempt to reach forward and attack me was very overwhelming and scary. Dramatic, I know, but I have watched way too many episodes of Law and Order: SVU, so I know how these scenarios go down. In reality my first drive was far from deadly.
I had just finished my vehicle inspection at an Uber Greenlight Hub. That’s where a small group of Uber staff are stationed to assist drivers. They are available in various remote locations so you can get what you need quickly. I had completed all the steps to qualify for driving, got my trade dress (fancy term for the Uber stickers you put on your car) and all I had to do now was go online and accept my first ride.
I told myself, “You’ve made it this far, it’s now or never.” So I went online, got my first ping right away, and headed towards my first rider. She was a young girl, around 18-20 years old and was headed to the local mall. She got in the front seat which puzzled me because I thought people automatically knew to get in the back seat like a Taxi. I decided not to make it awkward and just did my best to make her feel welcome, as if I was picking up a friend. It turned out that this was her first Uber ride! What are the chances of that?! First time driver and first time rider. Two scared souls enjoying the relief of knowing they were going to be okay.
I made an effort to be polite and asked if she preferred a particular radio station which led to a short conversation about the music we liked. She turned out to be super sweet! She revealed that she was headed to the mall to get her phone fixed. We made small talk on the short trip and in the end she said, “I can’t believe this is your first ride, it seems like you’ve been doing this forever.” I was so happy! Thank you, Jesus! Not only did I not get hurt on my first drive, but I actually got a compliment!
I did a few more rides that night before heading home. I was ecstatic about how well the first night went and that I had actually earned extra money. I felt like I was finally moving in the right direction towards getting out of debt.
Do you remember how your first drive went? I hope it was a positive experience like mine. Leave a comment below to let me know.
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-Chadá (pronounced Sha-Day)