5 tips for food delivery drivers

Since the beginning of Covid-19, many rideshare drivers have switched from taking passengers to delivering food. There are some obvious things that make drivers successful at food delivery. Those include not eating your customer’s food and picking up and dropping off the order on time.

But what else can be done to make delivering food easier? Below are some simple tips that can make the task of delivery much easier:

  1. Focus on main thoroughfares – When looking for deliveries in smaller cities and towns, focus on main streets, roads, and thoroughfares that lead from one urban place to another. This is where demand is greatest.
  2. Roll of quarters – Picking up and dropping off food, often requires parking at a meter. There are plenty of meters that still do not take credit cards. Having a roll of quarters is an efficient to pay for parking and avoid a parking ticket.
  3. Thermal food bag – Customers want to receive their order the way it was plated and piping hot. Not all delivery platforms provide drivers with thermal food bags. It is a good idea to have one of your own. 
  4. Food Box – Having a plastic bin or even a cardboard box for orders that don’t fit in the thermal food bag is a good idea. Big orders with multiple boxes of food shift around a lot while you are on the road. Having a box will help to secure these larger orders.
  5. “Enjoy” – When dropping off a delivery to a customer who is waiting at the door or curbside, try ending the delivery with, “Enjoy”. Adding this simple word to the end of each delivery can help with ratings and even tips.

Following the above tips will make your hours of delivery driving a whole lot easier.

Friday: Tips on winter d

A quick look 2021 cars for rideshare

The new year is right around the corner and so auto manufactures are now out pushing the 2021 models.

 

For rideshare drivers who are looking for a new car, 3 models stand out as great options:

 

All 3 cars remain among the top choices from last year, according to USNews. Both the Corolla and the Civic provide riders with a roomy back cabin, which is reliable and affordable. The Prius makes the list for its enviable fuel economy, always an important factor when working in the rideshare industry. 

No matter which one you choose, be sure to search around on pricing because with many deals offered right now.

Wednesday: 5 tips for food delivery drivers

If your car needs a paint job, consider vinyl

Until recently, painting your vehicle was the only option we had to make a scratched up car look new again. However, vinyl covering is a new option to consider.

Vinyl USA has a great article that lays ot the pros and cons of using this new technology. You may be surprised as to how this could replace painting our cars in the near future.

Monday: A quick look 2021 cars for rideshare

5 things I wish I knew before becoming a rideshare driver.

Being a rideshare driver means you have to be able to accept a lot of unknowns: where you will be driving to today, how many trips you will have, what kind of tips you will make, what kind of riders you will be picking up, and more. All of these are unknowns will deal with every day. But what if you were new to rideshare, what things would you have liked to have known before you started driving?

Here are five big things to know when you’re getting started that will help you during your day:

  1. Don’t drive around looking for rides – After you have driven for a couple of days, you will quickly learn the busier parts of your city or town. Find a place to park and wait for the app to go off. There’s no need to waste gas and to rack up miles on your car.
  2. Don’t bother waiting for rides at the airport – This is especially true right now because of Covid-19, as there aren’t a lot of rides from the airport. But even when people start traveling again, airport queues for rideshare can be between  30 – 90 minutes. You could have easily made good money during that same time by driving in hotter spots downtown. Too often, airport rideshare lots are just a place where drivers gather to complain about rideshare. They would have less to complain about if they were out working the busy parts of their town or city and making money instead of wasting time in a queue at the airport!!
  3. The secret to high ratings may not be what you think – Too often people who are thinking about becoming a rideshare driver believe that they will be good at it because they have a nice car and they know their way around their city or town. New drivers don’t understand that this is a customer service job. You will be dealing with all kinds of people and you need to be able to read their tone and body language to understand what they want.
  4. Getting your rider to their destination in record time isn’t a rider’s top priority – Yes, most riders want to get to where they are going quickly, but feeling safe in your car is more important than speed!
  5. A clean car doesn’t need air freshener – Riders love a clean car! If you keep your car clean, there is no need for air freshener. People are sensitive to smells like air freshener, anda rider who hates the smell or even gets a headache from it will likely not say a word to you about it. Instead, they will tell your rideshare company with a bad rating. Now, If a rider leaves a bad smell in your car after they leave, just roll your windows down and air out your car before your next trip.

*Previously posted on Aug 11th

Tomorrow: A new paint job versus a vinyl covering for your car?

Uber Premium began on August 20th

On June 26th, Uber announced it would be discontinuing both Uber Black and Select from the service options within the app. On August 20th, Uber launched Uber Premium as the sole elevated option for riders. 

*Previously posted on Aug 6th 

Tomorrow: What to look for when buying a mask?:

A good kind of contagion – a smile

When we hear the word contagion our minds go straight to thoughts of danger for us and our families or a plot for a Hollywood movie. However, not every contagion is dangerous. Smiles are a great example of a contagion that is good for us. But what is the science behind why smiles are contagious and good for our health?

According to Pennsylvania University, when a person is smiling, they are viewed as “attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere.”When a person sees another person smiling, his or her orbitofrontal cortex is activating, which processes sensory rewards. So when a person catches another person smiling, he or she feels rewarded, which is a good feeling which is what makes it contagious.

Some great health benefits come from something as simple as smiling. The Henry Ford Health System reports that smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits, including:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Increased endurance
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced stress
  • Strengthened immune system

 

Furthermore, studies show that people who smile appear more likable, courteous, and competent. Smilers tend to be more productive at work and make more money.

I think we can all agree that the thought of making more money from smiling is enough to make us all smile!

*previously posted on Aug 1st

Monday: Are there some good deals on new cars during Covid-19

What are some of the best cars to buy for rideshare?

Driving for rideshare often means piling on the miles on our cars. At some point, we will need to replace our cars with a new one. Since buying a new car is a big and important purchase, you want to be sure it is the right one. So what car is best for rideshare?

 

USNews came out with a list of the best cars for us drivers. Many of the cars on the list were expected but there were a few surprising models. Here is the list with some of the highlights on why each car was chosen

 

  1. 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid – Excellent fuel economy and smooth and roomy ride
  2. 2020 Toyota Camry – features high-quality materials and comfortable roomy seating
  3. 2020 Honda Civic – lots of advanced safety features and seats 5 comfortably
  4. 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid – excellent fuel economy and loads of cabin room
  5. 2020 Honda Accord – gentle ride and excellent cabin space for the driver and riders
  6. 2020 Mazda6 – advanced safety features and a premium cabin
  7. 2020 Ford Fusion – solid performance and spacious interior
  8. 2020 Honda Insight – it’s a top safety pick and gets great fuel economy
  9. 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid – excellent fuel economy in the city and lots of rear legroom
  10. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta – lots of trunk space and excellent fuel economy
  11. 2020 Subaru Legacy – a mid-size vehicle with ample rear legroom and good gas mileage
  12. 2020 Subaru Impreza – roomy interior and all-wheel drive

 

One of the cars that did not make the list was the Toyota Prius, which has long been a favorite for many rideshare drivers. I believe it was left off because of the lack of legroom in the back.

*previously posted on July 31st

Tomorrow: A good kind of contagion – a smile

Help with fogged up glasses while wearing a mask!

Having to wear a mask during Covid-19 is an inconvenience we are all bearing right now. However, if you wear glasses or sunglasses, it can be challenging. This problem starts when your glasses fog up. It can happen when you are running around on the street doing errands but it can be really dangerous while driving.

So what can be done to prevent this problem? The Cleveland Clinic came up with some simple yet smart answers:

  1. Mask sure your mask fits tightly across the bridge of your nose – this prevents moisture in your breath from reaching your glasses.
  2. Gently clean your glasses with soap and water – soap residue prevents moisture from clinging to your lens.
  3. Use your glasses to seal your mask – make sure your glasses sit on top of the mask on the bridge of your nose .
  4. Tape your mask down – use a piece of medical tape to tape down your mask across the bridge of your nose. Make sure to use a tape for sensitive skin for this tender area of your face.
  5. Buy an anti-fog solution – these solutions are available from both online and brick and mortar retailers.

Be safe out there and wear your mask!

 

*previously posted on July 30th

What are the risks of allowing minors in your car as a rideshare driver?

Being a rideshare driver comes with many hazards like drunk drivers and drunk riders, risk of being in an accident, and more. One hazard not often mentioned is unaccompanied minors requesting a ride.  

Neither Uber or Lyft permit minors to ride alone. Uber says, “A rider must be at least 18 years of age to have an Uber account and request rides. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older on any ride.” Uber also says. “As a driver-partner, you should decline the ride request if you believe the person requesting the ride is under 18. When picking up riders, if you feel they are underage, you may request they provide a driver’s license or ID card for confirmation. If a rider is underage, please do not start the trip or allow them to ride.”

Whereas Lyft says, “Unaccompanied minors are prohibited from traveling with most carriers, including TNCs. A passenger must be 18 to sign up for a Lyft account, but if a driver believes a passenger might be underage, the driver may ask the passenger to confirm their age.” Lyft also adds, “The driver may also let a passenger know that the driver will have to cancel the trip if the passenger is indeed under 18. In addition, drivers can report requests to transport unaccompanied minors by tapping ‘Contact Support’ below.”

If it is obvious that the passenger(s) who you are about to pick up are minors, you should definitely cancel. Do not hesitate to ask for an id if you are unsure but do it in a friendly manner.  What you never want to happen is for there to be any kind of incident in your car with an unaccompanied minor. Since you are the adult, it is you who will likely be held responsible! 

When in doubt it is best to cancel!

Tomorrow: Help with fogged up glasses while wearing a mask!

What do you look for when buying a dash camera for rideshare

Everyone is talking about dash cameras for their cars, especially rideshare drivers. It is a great way to protect yourself by proving you were not at fault in an accident, proof for Uber or Lyft of an unruly rider who chose not to wear a mask or is acting inappropriately, evidence of your actions if you were pulled over by the police and so much more.

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to buying a dashcam, so what are some of the features that you may want to have?

Price – DashCam models can start out at $50. and move on up to more than $400,. but some of the features you may want as a rideshare drive can be found in the $200 range. 

Easy installation – No one wants to read a book or need a computer science degree in order to install your camera in your car and the app on your phone.

Video quality – 720p is pretty standard but you might want to consider 1080p which would allow you to zoom in on a face or license plate. Some models in the upper price range are now offering 4k but that is more of a luxury than a necessity. 

Parking Mode – We all have to leave our cars unattended from time to time. This mode will automatically start recording the moment it senses a vibration.

Dual Cameras – You also want a model that has a camera facing forward to record any kind of traffic incidents you may encounter and one that is rear facing to catch the activities of an unruly rider. 

Wireless streaming  – This is a nice to have feature because it allows you to view footage from your camera without having to remove a memory card. 

Dash cams can be found at many of the big box stores or online. For this kind of purchase I like Costco because of their excellent return policy, and they never charge a restocking fee! However, they do require you to pay a membership fee.

*Previously posted on July20th

Tomorrow: Uber starts letting drivers set their own price