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cindimams

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Hi, I just signed up for UBER as a driver. I have a PRIUS, and a 5YO that's been in the back since she was 3. Imagine once I removed her car seat the eww factor.

Anywho- I had my car cleaned, but I'm going to call the company, as they did a terrible job for $150.00 + tip. I spent 3 hours cleaning the upholstery the other day, and much better than what it was, but I can't get some marks out.

Then I thought I need to cover the back anyway, but I can't find a decent cover that doesn't look like tarp.

Any advice here will be greatly appreciated, I don't want to get a low rating in my first month, so what are the odds on people choosing a Prius?

Please excuse my grammar, I'm starting up today, and I'm nervous and hope all goes well. I've gotten much negative opinions from family and friends about doing this, and I'm hoping to prove them wrong. It's a rainy day, and I'm hoping to get a few riders.

Thank you for reading.
 

grams777

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Try a halfway decent fitted seat cover set for maybe $200-300 (search Internet for various brands). You want something that doesn't show dirt and will be easy to wipe off spills / puke or whatever. Also vinyl/rubber type floor mats that cover as much of the floor as possible are good for similar reasons.

On the other hand, you could just leave it as is. If it's already scuffed up you won't feel so bad after pax make a further mess of it.
 

TBNexCHaQ8jrSFTc2JsP

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Your first mistake was signing up for uber. quit while you're ahead.

Hi, I just signed up for UBER as a driver. I have a PRIUS, and a 5YO that's been in the back since she was 3. Imagine once I removed her car seat the eww factor.

Anywho- I had my car cleaned, but I'm going to call the company, as they did a terrible job for $150.00 + tip. I spent 3 hours cleaning the upholstery the other day, and much better than what it was, but I can't get some marks out.

Then I thought I need to cover the back anyway, but I can't find a decent cover that doesn't look like tarp.

Any advice here will be greatly appreciated, I don't want to get a low rating in my first month, so what are the odds on people choosing a Prius?

Please excuse my grammar, I'm starting up today, and I'm nervous and hope all goes well. I've gotten much negative opinions from family and friends about doing this, and I'm hoping to prove them wrong. It's a rainy day, and I'm hoping to get a few riders.

Thank you for reading.
 

Mikey_D

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Don't take any rides that are less than a 2x surge. Otherwise you won't make any money. Don't drive drunken people no matter what you read or hear. If you do you'll be sorry. Puking in the car could be the least of your worries if you do. I'm a pretty strong athletic guy and I had one serious problem with a drunk guy. I don't know how a woman would have handled it. That was my last drunk ever. Don't expect tips unless you look like a super model and dress provocatively.
 

chevelle454

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Well first thing unless I missed it is what area of jersey are you planning on driving?? That in my opinion is the most important . Second is why? Third is this just for supplemental income or are you planning on doing this full time . What hours or days do you plan on driving? You have to have realistic expectations on what type of income you can make versus what you expect. Also you need a EZ Pass
 

cindimams

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Hey I really am diggin' this gig. I figured I'd get out and take a couple rides, and left around 6:30. All local, all within the same area, and I stopped at 8:00.

I was getting an alert within seconds after drop off, and did a small total of 5 just to get a feel of how this works. I'll use common sense when it comes to riders, my intuition is pretty good. I was told by one of the drivers that I'm only the second woman to drive him, and he uses uber every day. Not many woman?

Also- we don't know what the destination is going to be when we accept a ride? Or is there something I'm missing. That would be great.

All and all good first run. Looking forward to having some extra cash in my pocket and yes this is an only for a little extra, and not intending on making a career doing this.

Oh and my Prius is 3 years old, not 5. Not sure what that comment meant?
 
Hey I really am diggin' this gig. I figured I'd get out and take a couple rides, and left around 6:30. All local, all within the same area, and I stopped at 8:00.

I was getting an alert within seconds after drop off, and did a small total of 5 just to get a feel of how this works. I'll use common sense when it comes to riders, my intuition is pretty good. I was told by one of the drivers that I'm only the second woman to drive him, and he uses uber every day. Not many woman?

Also- we don't know what the destination is going to be when we accept a ride? Or is there something I'm missing. That would be great.

All and all good first run. Looking forward to having some extra cash in my pocket and yes this is an only for a little extra, and not intending on making a career doing this.

Oh and my Prius is 3 years old, not 5. Not sure what that comment meant?

No you do not know the destination of your drop off until you start the trip. I ended up in Newark today over an hour away from where I was on what was supposed to be my last trip because I needed to be somewhere.
One of the few changes Uber made that I like is as I was 4 minutes away from dropping someone off sat train station I got pinged to pick someone up there.
Are you in shore area?
 

cindimams

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No you do not know the destination of your drop off until you start the trip. I ended up in Newark today over an hour away from where I was on what was supposed to be my last trip because I needed to be somewhere.
One of the few changes Uber made that I like is as I was 4 minutes away from dropping someone off sat train station I got pinged to pick someone up there.
Are you in shore area?
No I'm northern NJ. Roughly 20 minutes outside NYC, but I wouldn't do this in the city. Pretty cool though, went from Totowa, to Lincoln park, to Wayne, to Montclair, Montclare, to upper Montclare, to Fairfield, to Wayne, to west Orange. All within close range and made a few bucks. I like the shorter rides I don't plan on getting rich of UBER, but I'm hoping that I can maintain a 5 star rating to do this. That's the part I find pretty unfair especially when people will give a bad rating just to be jerks. If I made those runs now, I would have probably made double. It's raining, and lots of people are headed out tonight.
 

cindimams

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Don't take any rides that are less than a 2x surge. Otherwise you won't make any money. Don't drive drunken people no matter what you read or hear. If you do you'll be sorry. Puking in the car could be the least of your worries if you do. I'm a pretty strong athletic guy and I had one serious problem with a drunk guy. I don't know how a woman would have handled it. That was my last drunk ever. Don't expect tips unless you look like a super model and dress provocatively.
I don't plan on driving past 10 pm, I can barely stay awake till midnight, although it's always happy hour at any time for many. What if I choose to not want to drive someone? Would that be a problem with uber?
 
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