I’m a rugby pundit and Uber driver, you’ll hear all sorts of advice about what you need in your car to be an Uber Driver but here I’ll tell you the essentials. I’m not going to cover Uber’s requirements around you or your car, that you can easily get from their website. This is about the extras you’ll need.
If you’d like to watch rather than read, here’s my video or scroll past to read the essentials.
- Phone Holder: Your phone is how you get your trips and know where to go. So you are going to need to be able to look at your phone when you are driving. Clearly holding your phone is not legal so you’re going to need something attached to your dashboard. You can get these very cheaply to stick to the windscreen but as some phones get hot the holders that clip onto your air-vent can be very good.
- Phone Charger: You’re going to need to charge your phone whilst you’re on the go. The best way is via your car cigarette lighter but if it’s broken, as it is in my car, then you can get away with a power pack.
- Clean Car: Passengers are not going to want to sit in a car that’s full of rubbish or dirty. Often you are taking people to business meetings or out on the town trying to look their best. They have made an effort and they’ll feel better in your car if you have too.
- Petrol Club Cards: One of your biggest costs is going to be fuel. This is why you’ll see most Uber cars are hybrids. So having petrol discount cards that cost will help and if you’re also picking up points, then that’s a bonus.
- Travel Coffee Cup/Drink Bottle: When you are sitting in a car for hours at a time you’re going to want a drink. Making your coffee at home or filling up your water bottle is going to save you money and for those long sessions a flask of coffee might be needed.
- Calm Manner: Road rage is not cool, yes there will be plenty of drivers doing silly things and you’ll need to be able to let it go. Also you aren’t going to like every passenger that gets in your car. A live and let live attitude will keep that blood pressure down and save you from a heart attack. Finally calm smooth driving will save you fuel as well as wear and tear on your car.
Nice To Have
- Hand Vacuum-cleaner: Having a hand vacuum-cleaner will make it easier and quicker to clean your car. At first though if you have an extension cord then your house vacuum-cleaner will do just as good a job. It will take a bit longer but so far I haven’t needed to vacuum my car whilst I have been out driving.
- Vomit Kit: If you are driving late nights and picking up people at closing time this will move up into the essential category. However if you are like me and don’t drive after 11pm then it’s less likely that you are going to need this. A vomit kit isn’t just some sick bags but also a cleaning kit, plastic bags and air-freshener.
- Air-freshener: You will get smokers and other smelly people in your car. I open all the windows to air the car out but if it’s raining then that’s not always an option. You don’t want to overdo it and smell like a clean toilet but a quick spray can help.
- Umbrella: If you want to go the extra mile then an umbrella to help passengers to and from the car is a nice touch. It will help get you 5 stars but stars don’t equal cash and you will get wet yourself so it’s your call.
- Valeted Car: Your car has to be clean but it doesn’t need to be shiny. Time spent polishing is time that you could be driving and earning money. So don’t become obsessive about every single finger print.
- Bottles of Water, Sweets or Mints: You’re not driving a sweet shop. Each of these will cost you money and that just reduces your profits. You can get extra badges for this but badges don’t equal money and we are doing this to pay the bills, not pretty pictures on the Uber app.
That’s what I think is essential, nice to have and really not needed, what are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below.
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