I’ve been driving for a while now and have learned from experience that keeping the following items in your car while driving is essential to having the best driving experience.
1. Cell Phone Mount
A cell phone mount is ESSENTIAL to being a successful Uber driver. You will be using your phone for navigation and to accept new ride requests so you need to be able to see your phone comfortably while driving in order to keep yourself and your passengers safe. There a many different types of cell phone mounts. Some clamp onto your A/C vent, others stick to your windshield. I personally use one that mounts into my CD player slot. It all depends on how your vehicle’s dashboard is set up and your personal preference.
2. Hand Vacuum
Passengers come in and out of your vehicle often. With them comes the dirt from their shoes, crumbs from a snack they may have eaten, and possible spills. I give my seats and floor a quick sweep every couple of days in between car washes to keep my car looking as fresh as possible. A clean appearance makes a difference in the passenger experience and definitely influences whether or not you will get a 5-star rating and if you will get a tip!
I personally use this Dirt Devil Quick Flip Handheld Vacuum. It’s light-weight and comes with this cool Quick Flip tool at the top of the vacuum. It’s a tube that flips out and allows you to get into those hard to reach crevices in your car seats and around the floor.
3. Plastic Bags and/or Garbage Bags
One time a passenger had to walk through mud to get to my car. I was tempted to drive away when I saw the passenger approaching! 😉 I have tan interior seats and tan carpet so that would have been a HUGE mess. There was no way I was letting them get in my car with that muddy mess. Luckily I had a spare plastic bag so the passenger was able to take their shoes off and put them in the bag. If I hadn’t had some bags handy I would have had to cancel the ride and would have lost money from that trip. Now I keep a few plastic bags and some garbage bags handy because YOU NEVER KNOW!
No, not for your passengers, for you! Non-smelly ones, of course! Being an Uber driver means you never know where you’re going to end up or how long a ride will take. So it’s important to be prepared with snacks that you can eat easily in between trips. My favorite to separate into Ziploc bags is the Archer Farms Cashew, Cranberry & Almond Trail Mix. It’s a healthier and cheaper alternative to stopping at a drive-thru and I don’t have to worry about a smell disturbing my next ride.
Along with snacks to keep you full it’s important to stay hydrated. Some drivers even carry an extra pack of water to provide to their passengers. However, I specifically carry an extra bottle of water to help clean up an unexpected mess. If someone vomits in your car or spills something it’s usually best to rinse it right away to avoid permanent damage. It may also allow you to move on to your next trip faster. More down time equals more money lost. Having a spare bottle of water (you can even add a little soap to it) is key to being prepared.
These are my top five items I keep in my car every time I drive for Uber. You can use a car trunk storage basket to keep it all together and out of the way of passenger luggage.
Let me know if I missed anything!
–Chadá aka The Essential Driver
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