Don’t eat food
If you’re booking an Uber anytime between 1 and 6am, you’re probably bringing a bag of greasy, fried goodness into the car with you. While the mere presence of a food’s aroma alone could be a no-no for some Uber drivers, you should definitely refrain from eating inside your ride. A driver’s car is his workplace, and it’s covered and stained in takeaway food, it’s going to impact his future reputation.
Don’t order rides for minors
Uber prohibits passengers under 18 without a parent or guardian, but that doesn’t stop some parents from booking a car for their children or teenagers. This could put your driver in serious trouble. “No one under 18 should be getting rides unsupervised,” Zachariah, an LA Uber driver, said. “I cancel those but feel really bad about it.”
Tip if possible
Tipping’s not for everyone, especially outside of the United States. In some countries, like Japan, tipping is actually not just uncommon but downright frowned upon. Uber drivers certainly won’t expect a tip but it will only put you in their good books. One $2 tip isn’t going to change your rating overnight but it’s a start!
Talk to your driver
It may look like your driver is happy to get you home as quick as possible without any small talk, you’d be surprised to know that some are actually very interested in bickering their way through your journey. For an Uber driver, there is no office, no colleagues. The only human interaction they get at work is through members of the public. “I love to drive, but sometimes when I pick up a customer they don’t say hello and just get in and start giving orders,” a NYC Uber driver told Insider.
Don’t flirt with your driver
Order when you’re ready to leave
Don’t give directions
Don’t request a location where the driver can’t go
Avoid random stop-offs
Don’t say you’re going to give them 5-stars
A passenger telling their Uber driver they plan to give them a 5-star rating can be an honest statement following a good journey. But Uber drivers have claimed passengers often do this to ensure you give them one back, while secretly rating you a 3 or 4. Same goes for tipping. “I really dislike when a passenger tells me they will tip in the app,” driver Arthur McBeth revealed. “If they don’t intend to tip, then a thank you will suffice. This gripes me so much that I keep a score. It is currently two out of fifteen did tip.”