God I hate posts like this...

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So as you can see I really dread putting a post up like this, but I am willing to put it out there...

I am a new uber driver......(SHOCK)
Just wanted to see if anyone had any good tips for my first night out. I have my truck all set up, i have edited this portion to remove confusion about waters and mints
 
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First mistake: water and mints Forget the stupid water and mints. When was the last time a sleezy taxi driver gave you a mint or water. Never, but they still get tips. Your number one way to get a tip is conversation. Anything else will not get you more tips. 98% of the Uber riders will not tip you no matter what!
 

black uber

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Drive the speed limit.... crack the window as they approach asking "your name please?" , make sure it matches the passenger name on App. (Sometimes they use a shortened version , if it sounds close double check...)
Once they enter the vehicle confirm the destination address.
You can ask if the temperature & music are ok for them.. ( i dont mind adjusting the A.C. or listening to something i normally wouldn't for the 12 minutes they are aboard)
Small talk is optional. That takes time to figure out... Some days i feel chatty & some days i don't. But remember your trade is driving.. Your Top priority it to transport passenger(Pax) as swiftly & safely as possible
NEVER bend rules for your Pax like allowing more Pax than seatbelts or Pax under 18 or drinking alcohol.
At Casino properties follow directions from casino employees, particularly when they are are busy..
People occasionally approach your vehicle asking questions or wanting to arrange a ride... I'll crack the window.. IF i am not busy...
 

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black uber thanks for the info! The only thing i am nervous about is dealing with the casino employees like you said when it is busy. But that's why i am starting out tonight on a Tuesday. Trying to pace myself. As for the gentleman Highwaypatrol, why am i making a mistake? Who are you to tell me how to run my business. Your trollish response is the main reason for the title of my post here. Your first mistake is assuming i am a seedy cabbie. I am running a customer service business. Plain and simple
 

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Black Uber pretty much outlined it all that I can think of. Only thing I can add to it is... I keep my doors lockeed so no one can just hop into the car before I verify they are who they are...

The only water and mints I keep in my car are for me :biggrin:
I understand where you all are coming from with the water and mints comments. But that is not really what i am asking about. How i set my car up is my business.

My questions is more for rideshare drivers in Las Vegas, how can you tell me what the best way to run my business if you have never worked this market?
 

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Don't tell them you are new.
They will find a fault in many things you do because you will alert them and they will watch your every move.
Thank you! I made that mistake one time a couple years ago telling someone it was my first showing in real estate. Lost the sale, worst mistake.

Definitely good advice!!
 

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I understand where you all are coming from with the water and mints comments. But that is not really what i am asking about. How i set my car up is my business.

My questions is more for rideshare drivers in Las Vegas, how can you tell me what the best way to run my business if you have never worked this market?
Goodness...sorry for offering advice to lock your doors...youre right, Vegas is not my market...maybe over there people dont automatically try to hop into the car so yeah, true its totally up to you to set up your car any way you like!

My water and mints comment was just that, and offhand comment in response to replies in the conversation.

But you're kinda testy so I'll back away slowly and let you be :wink:
 

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Im not testy, im tired of people offering comments about mints and water. The helpful people are the ones that said something of substance. The reason i have waters is mainly bc after moving here i know how dry my throat was at first and i have personally tipped uber drivers for having a water to give me. If they don't work out, I guess ill live and learn right?

I was more hoping for replies like, Don't drive over _______ you will get killed. Or __________ is a decent place to stage for a ride. I don't expect anyone to give away anything secret that they use, just figured us rideshare people would help each other out.
 

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Im not testy, im tired of people offering comments about mints and water. The helpful people are the ones that said something of substance. The reason i have waters is mainly bc after moving here i know how dry my throat was at first and i have personally tipped uber drivers for having a water to give me. If they don't work out, I guess ill live and learn right?

I was more hoping for replies like, Don't drive over _______ you will get killed. Or __________ is a decent place to stage for a ride. I don't expect anyone to give away anything secret that they use, just figured us rideshare people would help each other out.
Okay....I genuinely was trying to help though. I didnt even think about making very sure to lock my doors before pulling up for a pick up until I read someone else suggest it. Not only for safety reasons, but also in case they have open containers of alcohol, or not even your ride and trying to get one over on you...avoid the drama of having to kick people out of the car. Seemed solid and I have been doing that ever since.

I mean, Im not offended you think thats not helpful or of any substance...wasnt my idea afterall so I wont take it personally. Its just info I found useful and was passing along when I saw you ask for advice. BUT dont have to tell me twice! lol I will stay out of your conversations and stay clear of you :smiles:
 

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Open containers here in vegas are legal in a taxi or rideshare. If you don't want alcohol in your vehicle, that is your perogative. But it is not illegal for them to drink in your car. The Nevada Revised Statutes allow for open container in a for hire vehicle such as limos, taxis, etc. For practical purposes we are hired through the app by our passengers. It has been this way since the 90's when I started in transportation.
 

black uber

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Yea.... I.D. the "minor" looking people before you let them in your Vehicle..
Clearly there's a lot going on...
best advice I've had from a Pax (when Neanderthal swooped in my lane with out indicating a lane change ...." don't let it get your blood pressure up"
So constant awareness yet calm approach
 

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Before you finish a trip, turn off the stereo if it is playing, make sure you tell the pax to make sure they won't leave anything behind when the trip is over. Phones, keys, wallets, solo cups, trash they brought in. Warn them and make sure they respond affirmatively that they got all their shit when they left.
 
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