9 Ways You're Probably Driving Your Uber Driver Nuts
Heads up: The drivers rate you, too
You never hog the subway pole, you always hold the elevator and you’d never, ever cut in line at Trader Joe’s (well, except that one time).
We hate to break it to you, but when you’re riding in an Uber, you’re probably doing a bunch of little things that piss off the driver. And that 4.2 rating could mean getting stranded in a snowstorm--or worse, Times Square.
Here are the nine things you should definitely stop doing, because you actually get an Uber rating, too.
SCHEDULING A RIDE BEFORE GETTING THE CHECK
We know it takes a few minutes for the driver to get to your location, but you know what takes more than a few minutes? Flagging down the server at Babbo, giving her six credit cards to split, figuring out the tip, putting your coat on and running back to the table to look for your phone. So yeah.
GETTING IN THE WRONG CAR
Don’t just jump into the first car you see assuming it’s yours. Uber lists the driver’s name, license plate number and photo for a reason. Nobody wants to end up in Staten Island by mistake. (Or even on purpose... We kid, we kid.)
REQUESTING A PICKUP ON A CROWDED STREET
Not only will your driver have trouble spotting you, but the likelihood of another Uber user accidentally hopping into their car multiplies. So walk a few blocks away from Times Square before requesting a ride, otherwise, you might be paying for someone else's cab drive to Westchester.
CALLING AND TEXTING THE DRIVER
Try to resist bugging your driver. If he’s having trouble finding you, he’ll get in touch--hopefully when he’s not weaving in and out of traffic.
WAITING TO HAVE YOUR DOOR OPENED
It’s fun to be chauffeured, but sometimes it’s not safe for your driver to get out in the middle of the road and give you the white-glove treatment. You’re not on Downton Abbey, so just get in the car.
BEING WAY WAY (WAY) TOO WASTED
Drinking one too many Negronis and hopping in an Uber at 3 a.m.? No biggie. We want you to get home safe. But drinking one too many Negronis and barfing all over the car? Not so much.
EATING YOUR LUNCH
We know you’re in between meetings and you barely have time to breathe, let alone find a spot to scarf down that Pret baguette sandwich. But you’re sitting in someone’s actual car, and she probably doesn’t love finding mustard splotches on the seat.
GIVING A LOW RATING WITHOUT A HEADS UP
If you hate the route your driver is taking or don’t like the music he’s playing, speak up. Unless he’s doing something illegal like texting and driving, blindsiding him with a bad rating is a no-no.
The jury’s still out on this one. We always thought we weren’t supposed to tip Uber drivers, but some passengers seem to be getting lower ratings because they haven’t provided them. The choice is yours. Let us know how it goes.