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New Driver - Any Advice? Philly - Bucks

GetMoney8

New Member
I love to drive and meet new people. Hoping to make some money doing both. I just been approved and plan on hitting the streets this week. From my understanding there is a ton of drivers in the Philly area already. Don't mean to step on people's toes but I need the money lol. Any advice for a noob?
 

FlyersFan91

New Member
As someone who recently started myself... lower Bucks and Trenton have their moments of high demand, but they're few and far-between. I'd imagine that you'll have a good night if you hang around the sports complex when one of the teams is playing (although judging by your pic, you're like me and would rather be watching the game instead of driving during it). I'd also imagine that there's a high demand around the train stations in center city, but there's also probably a high presence of PPA there who are looking to take you down. Northeast Philly during the weeknight rush hour is surprisingly pretty dead.

This is all from my few weeks of experience. Perhaps some more experienced drivers can give you better information. I'm still in search of the same advice myself.
 

Joey Bagofdonuts

Active Member
Call you're car insurance company asap, tell them you are driving for UBER - wait for the sermon - then quit UBER and find another job.
 

Desert Driver

Well-Known Member
I love to drive and meet new people. Hoping to make some money doing both. I just been approved and plan on hitting the streets this week. From my understanding there is a ton of drivers in the Philly area already. Don't mean to step on people's toes but I need the money lol. Any advice for a noob?
Welcome about, GetMo! I hope you enjoy your new adventure. This livery driving stuff is pretty fun, but it's easy to fall into traps you didn't see. So, to move you quickly along the learning curve and to help you avoid pitfalls, these tips will be of great value to you. But be sure to have fun out there. There's no sense doing something for long periods that you don't enjoy.

Uber best practices for safety, high ratings, and profit maximization.

• Don't even think about driving until you've purchased a commercial livery insurance policy. That'll run you about $4500 per year so you're going to be doing a lot of driving at first. But you really have no choice in the matter. Your personal insurance company is going to drop you if they learn you're driving for Uber. And the Uber contingent liability policy DOES NOT cover your medical claim or your property claim in the event you are involved in an at-fault accident.
• Dual channel dashcam. Don't ask why. Just get one and install it.
• Never pick up a pax with a rating lower than 4.7. (Jesus, how hard is it to be a 5-star pax? How about not being a @@@@@@bag?)
• Never respond to a ping more than 10 minutes away. (Yes, it might be a decent fare, but the odds are against you.)
• If you're traveling, never respond to a ping behind you.
• When you arrive at pickup location and pax is not present, DO NOT call or text the pax. Start a stop watch and cancel at 5:01 and move on.
• For the love of God, NEVER had out gum, candy, mints, water, etc. to paxs. There is no upside, it costs you money, and it creates more mess for you to clean up.
• If a pax leaves something behind in your car. DO NOT make the effort to return it. If you follow Uber's rules it'll actually cost you money and time to return it. If the pax needs it back, he/she will track you down through Uber. When that happens you can negotiate an appropriate fee to return the item. It doesn't matter what the item is - wallet, phone, eyeglasses, event tickets, clothing, jewelry, etc.
• ABC - Always Be Compensated. You're an independent contractor. Don't do anything without being paid. If you wish to run your car as a charity the folks over at Meals on Wheels would love to speak with you.​

Some of these items may seem a little harsh to the new driver, but time and experience will show you that these practices not only work, but that they work very well. As a new driver, there's no value in re-inventing the wheel, as it were.
 
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