Cash Tips are welcomed
As mentioned previously, you can't tip through the Uber app and it doesn't look like Uber will be introducing that anytime soon. It's a common complaint I hear from riders. However, if you want to tip your driver go right ahead. They might decline at first, but if you insist they will take it.
Note: If the driver says they can't accept tips -- well, they clearly haven't done their homework.
Communicate in advance with your Driver
There are certain situations you will want to contact your driver prior to their arrival to see if they can accommodate:
The Uber app isn't perfect. I heard last night how a group of riders requested an Uber XL and a small sedan arrived, which could only seat 4. Regardless, don't be shady and try to fit 5 or more people in a car that clearly only seats 4. Not only is it illegal to drive more people than a car can accommodate, it's unsafe and could cause your Uber driver to loose their job.
If you have a large item you're moving (i.e. a piano -- yes, this has happened to me), call in advance to see if your Uber driver has enough space to accommodate. Remember, a lot of Uber drivers drive small cars with only a trunk. It will save you in the long run from them arriving to only have to cancel, which you will get charged a cancellation fee if they're at your pick-up location.
Long rides (30 minutes & up)
In Chico, there are the occasional requests to Sacramento Airport. That's an hour and a half trip there, and your driver is not getting paid to drive back to Chico. This is not always true for drivers -- some cities have the capability of inputing their destination and Uber will send them trip requests for trips along their travel route. Unfortunately, this has not been rolled out to Chico or Sacramento.
Uber Drivers cannot see your destination until they pick you up. So make sure to call in advance to make sure they can and will do the trip. Again, this will save you from that cancellation fee if they arrive to your pick-up location only for you to find out they're off in 30 minutes.
If your likely to throw up, call a taxi
To all the drunkies out there: I've been there, it's rough. But an Uber is by no means the place to get sick. So be kind to the Uber drivers out there and call a taxi. If you throw up in an Uber, well you just killed business for that Uber driver because they can't drive anymore until they get it cleaned. Also, there's a hefty fine for puking or trashing an Uber.
Remember, these are peoples personal vehicles. Be kind to these drivers and do the responsible thing: call a taxi.
I feel like this is common knowledge, but I have had a freshman girl throw a temper tantrum in my backseat and I have had a guy get mad at me for telling him I do not allow food in my car (hey, it's a new car and that Jack In The Box would not smell or look good all over it). Uber Drivers have to rate every rider, and if you're just a terrible human-being or you're overly rude to your driver they may rate you low. If this happens enough, Uber will deactivate your account.
Don't make your driver wait
Uber for the Sacramento region charges 12 cents per minute -- yes, TWELVE cents. Uber drivers do not get paid well, or barely at all to wait. So make sure to be ready to go when they arrive and think twice before asking them to wait while you run into the store.
The Uber app isn't accurate and most the time I will be outside the pick-up location and the app will say I'm a minute or two away. Keep an eye on the location of the Uber driver's car in the app and when you receive the text that they're close by, head outside or wait by the door. These are the two best methods I recommend. I've heard stories from riders that drivers will also cancel the ride if the rider isn't outside when they arrive. So this helps alleviate that problem as well!
Share your Uber tips and/or stories below in the comments!
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