Car care and safety tips for rideshare drivers and more

Driving for a rideshare company means you are going on a road trip every day. Having your car prepared for travel is one of the best things we can do for our safety and to be successful as drivers.

Best Roof Box has an article that covers so many great topics like the right way to check the oil in your car, safety items we all should carry, and more. Even though the article is geared towards those taking a road trip with their families, there is still plenty of great information we can apply as rideshare drivers.

Monday: Are you driving for the rideshare or delivery app that pays the best?

50 car maintenance hacks

We are all looking for ways to save money. As rideshare drivers, one of the biggest expenses is car maintenance. Even though we can write these expenses off of our taxes, no one wants to spend more than they have to.

One of these easiest ways to save money is to do the work ourselves. Home Hacks offers up to 50 car maintenance hacks that anyone can do. They include using hand sanitizer on frozen car door locks, nail polish on a chipped windshield, Coca-Cola on rusty rims, and more. Most are easy remedies to many of the problems we all face. Even though these hacks are inexpensive, remember that anything you purchase for this purpose is tax-deductible.

Monday: Tax prep time

Tips to avoid being a carjacked victim

We have all seen and heard about rideshare drivers being victims of a carjacking. This is one of the most serious hazards that we face, Even though we have no control over the actions of others, there are some things we can do to lower our chances of this happening to us!

The Information Insurance Institute has compiled a list of seven things we can all do right now to avoid being a target:

  1. Always have your mobile phone handy—and charged.
  2. Avoid being alone in your vehicle in certain areas, such as high crime neighborhoods, isolated roads, and intersections, and desolate areas of parking lots. 
  3. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay special attention to people who seem to be lurking or cars that suspiciously follow you into driveways. Call 911 and use your key fob or other car alarm if you feel a threat.
  4. Be wary of how carjackers lure victims. These include bumping your car, pretending to be stranded motorists, or flashing their lights as if there were something wrong with your car. In each of these scenarios, you might be tempted to pull over—only to have your car taken. Stay inside with the windows shut and the door locked and, if you feel a threat, drive to the nearest police or fire station. 
  5. Practice safe parking. Stick to well-lit areas. If you have any doubts about where you parked after the fact, find a security guard to accompany you to your vehicle.
  6. Don’t sit in your car with the door unlocked or the windows rolled down. 
  7. Don’t stop at isolated ATMs, which might put you and your bank accounts as well as your car in danger. 

Taking these simple actions can go a long way in ensuring your safety and the safety of your passengers.

Wednesday, Dec 30th: What is Uber offering drivers in California from the passage of Prop 22

Is decorating your car for the holidays a good idea?

Holiday decorations are up everywhere you look. Retailers seem to put up those decorations earlier each year but this year the general public is doing the same. According to WYMT-TV the reason is the pandemic. Since everyone is at home more, decorating is an activity that can bring joy to all those who see the lights and decorations. 

But what about Uber drivers and their cars? We’ve all seen those photos of drivers who have gone way over the top by decorating both the inside and outside of their vehicles, but is this a good idea? If you want to celebrate the holidays, go ahead and add a few decorations and maybe some lights but keep it simple. Another idea might be to include some decorations that celebrate other holidays outside of Christmas like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Make sure that anything you do add to your can does not impede vision or cause a safety hazard in your car.

No matter what you decide to do, just remember that we are going through this pandemic together, and sharing kindness during this season can do no harm!

Monday: Covid-19 vaccination – Uber asks that rideshare drivers be classified as essential workers.

Will a dash-cam in your car improve your ratings?

A lot of rideshare drivers who do not currently have a dashcam are currently looking for one. Now is a great time because so many brick and mortar or online retailers are offering some greater deals.  

If you are in the market for one of the cameras, I suggest you check out the post from July 20th, ‘What do you look for when buying a dash-cam”.  

Some of the reasons  rideshare drivers are making this investment include things like personal safety and false claims by riders against drivers. However, could owning one of these cameras have an unforeseen benefit? An article posted by Frontiers in Psychology, “suggests that people observed by cameras feel that their behavior is being evaluated, and hence might adjust their behaviors following social norms. Findings from their study indeed showed that people were more willing to assist others when a camera was present and visible.” The idea that people were more willing to assist could also translate into higher ratings for drivers. 

I did see a slight uptick in the number of 5-star ratings after I installed my dash-cam. However, I can not claim that it was a direct result of having a camera in my car. 

Wednesday: Would you drive for a new rideshare company if you were an employee?