Being a rideshare driver can be fun but also exhausting. We do a lot of freeway driving, often in traffic and while working long hours. We try to do our best but sometimes we forget to do things like check the backseat at the end of every trip. It is just a small thing but it can really make a difference for our riders. It can also be a huge time saver for ourselves. 

All too often riders will leave their phone, wallet, umbrella, or other personal belonging in the backseat of your car. If you can check the backseat as they are leaving your car, you can get the item back to them right away. This often pays off with a good rating and sometimes even a tip. Now I would much rather get it to them in the moment than be asked to bring it back to them later – even for a fee. Let’s face it, you make more money taking rides than you do returning items. It really isn’t worth your time.

Furthermore, if you are constantly checking your back seat, you always know the condition of your vehicle. If the rider in your car has damaged it in any way, you will instantly know who did it. You can then get your pictures and file a claim with your rideshare company.

If you do a fair amount of night driving, it is a great idea to make sure you set the interior lights to come on with the opening of a car door. That way any damage will be immediately apparent – especially for that thing we all hate the most, vomit! This happens to almost every one of us, so you want to catch it right away, take pictures and get that cleaning.

Checking the back after each rider really is an example of “an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure!”

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