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What about this recent story?
A driver was recently reported as asking his rider for her phone so he could "make a route alteration".
The passenger reported that he did something really quick with the phone and then handed it back to her.
The "really quick" thing that he'd done was to end the trip and give himself a 5-star rating, followed by a generous tip of $100! Now that's taking the self-employment concept a bit too far.
Umm... there is another word for that - it's called stealing.
Here are four ways to maximize your earnings as an Uber driver:
If you are driving on the freeway and there are no houses around or shopping centers around, then you probably won’t be getting a ping. Always be moving toward people. In the mornings, you want to be where people are leaving their houses or apartments and heading into work. In the late afternoon, you want to be where people are working so you can pick them up and take them home.
During midday and on the weekends, traffic tends to be lighter. This is a great time to take long rides so you can rack up the mileage, and thereby boost your earnings. You can also use the Uber destination filter.
The first question to ask is "Does a good rating matter?"
And the answer is "Yes, it certainly does."
I've had many passengers comment favourably on my 4.98 star rating, so they have certainly noticed it when they've called for an Uber ride and I've responded.
I believe that it makes them less likely to cancel, more likely to be favourably disposed towards me before I even pick them up and therefore more likely to give me another 5 star rating.
And... When (If?) (a little information from Uber would be great here) we ever get the tipping option in Australia, I believe a good rating will increase the chances of being tipped.
Although this article is about what you should be doing to get and keep your good rating, the first exercise is to monitor your existing rating and delve a little deeper into where it's coming from.
So for starters, tap "RATINGS"at the bottom of the Uber Partner App display to see your STAR RATING, CONFIRMATION RATE and CANCELLATION RATE.
Make a note of your STAR RATING. It's calculated on your last 500 rated rides and it's the measure you're wanting to improve.
It's believed that Uber will consider removing drivers with a rating of less than 4.6. I don't know if this is true or not.
Uber is rolling out in-app tipping in the U.S. on a state by state basis and we believe that it will be introduced into Australia by the end of the year.
All you will have to do as an Australian Uber driver once tipping has been announced is update the app to the latest version, and then use the app's settings to Enable Tips. As long as your rider has updated the rider app on their phone, they will then have the option to leave you a tip.