Category Archives for "Rideshare Driving Hazards"

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Are You a Good Driver?

Most rideshare drivers are.

You are more mature than the average, you've been driving longer and you are aware that your income is proportional to your driving ability. As well as your passengers' well-being and safety.

Do You Enjoy a Takeaway Coffee?

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Well, you're gonna have to be careful.

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Banning Passengers with Low Ratings

Uber Passenger with Low Rating

Uber Will Ban Passengers with Low Ratings

Sick rider in Uber car

Uber passengers who habitually arrive drunk, throw up in the car, leave their trash behind and generally disrespect their drivers and their driver's car may soon get the boot.

The ride-hailing company announced Tuesday that riders with ratings that are “significantly below average” may lose access to the app, part of a rollout of the company’s updated community guidelines, which riders must abide by to continue using the service.

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5 Things That Uber & Lyft Won’t Tell Drivers Before They Sign Up

What do you think new drivers need to know before they sign up to drive, and how does that line up with what Uber and Lyft tells them?

It’s interesting to look at the gap between the realities of rideshare and the messaging we get from Uber & Lyft advertisements. Dustin over at Dustin is Driving on Youtube recorded a great video that covers the 5 things Uber and Lyft don’t tell new drivers, and it should help newer drivers discover the info Uber & Lyft left out of the TV commercials.

What’s going on all my new, current and future rideshare divers out there? Welcome back to the channel. Today’s video, I’m going to keep it 100 with you and tell you the five main things you need to know before you ever even consider becoming an Uber and Lyft driver. Because guess what? Let’s face, those commercials you’ve seen, are just BS and lies.

Three Discussions to Avoid as an Uber Driver

Uber Drivers Should Avoid These Topics

This was originally posted by Jay Cradeur, a contributor to our sister site in the U.S.

While it specifically references America, the issues it raises are probably universal. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Incidentally, I (Phil) once had a similar experience to the one he describes with the woman stroking his hair with her boyfriend sitting beside her.

The only difference is that I shave my head every morning, so that she was actually stroking bare skin. Quite intimate!

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What Would You Do?

Angry Rideshare Car

I had something happen last Sunday that I hadn't come across before. I don't think I handled it properly and wondered what others think. Please leave your opinion in the Comments section below.

First of all, I live in a holiday destination (Noosa) and so weekends are usually busy.

There's a roundabout into Hastings Street, the Noosa Heads main drag. Traffic moves slowly but constantly around it and into Hastings Street. There's nowhere to stop, but as long as your rider is visible and clearly signals you, you can switch your hazards on and pick them up. The drivers behind will wait patiently. And yes, it's different in Sydney and Melbourne.

There's a taxi zone with space for around 5 cabs just before the roundabout.

Now let me say up front I totally sympathise with taxi drivers' objections to Uber drivers using taxi zones. Taxi licences are expensive and have indirectly paid for the construction of that infrastructure. They own it and no one else, but particularly a competitor, has the right to use it.

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Local Businesses: Still Rocking.

I acknowledged the great service I'd received from two local businesses in a previous post Local Businesses Rock! I recently went back to both of them and again received such excellent service that it's worth highlighting.

Again, I recommend Bridgestone Tyres at 132 Eumundi Road, Noosaville and Sunshine Wheel & Mechanical Repairs at 3 Kelly Court, Buderim.

Bridgestone Tyres Noosaville

Bridgestone Tyres Noosa

It was a rainy Saturday evening and I was taking my last Uber passengers for the day from Hastings St in Noosa Heads to the Tewantin caravan park. I was looking forward to getting home to dinner and a nice bottle of red. The riders were three young ladies whom coincidentally I'd picked up earlier in the day from Tewantin.

About halfway through the trip, we heard a nasty sound coming from the front of the car. I stopped and discovered an almost flat front driver's side tyre.

Fortunately, there was a service station near by so I stopped to pump the tyre, but no luck. The air was leaving at the same rate it was entering.

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I’m an Uber Driver: Who Dinged Me?

Uber Driver: Who Dinged Me?

When I first saw this post from our sister site in the U.S., I thought it would be about someone bending your fender or scratching your door in a car park, but it's not. It's about the passenger who gives you a low Uber rating after you've dropped them off.

Now I don't personally relate to any of the stories in this post. I currently have a 4.96 star rating and defend it jealously. While I like to think my rating is because I'm a really nice guy, I also understand it's partly because I drive in a really nice area. The Queensland Sunshine Coast is populated by really nice people.

But I thought the "Who Dinged Me?" post from therideshareguy.com was pretty funny but nonetheless contained some valuable insights.

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Uber Drivers in Qld: New Signage Requirements

New Uber Signage

New Uber Sticker for Uber Drivers in Qld

From 30 October 2017, Uber drivers in Queensland MUST display the new Uber stickers in their vehicles while driving or waiting for Uber riders (in other words, whenever the Uber driver app is on).

Unlike the previous sticker, which displayed the Uber symbol on the rear windscreen, the new stickers clearly show the word "UBER" in upper case.

There are two stickers, exactly the same. One must be affixed to the front passenger side windscreen and the other to the rear passenger side windscreen.

So that if you are looking at your car from the back, both stickers are on the left hand side.

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