Best Uber Driver Candidates
We have all been there: you hop into your Uber and the driver is definitely not someone you would pick. Sometimes the drivers are unprepared, chatty, or just plain bad drivers. We have all imagined our dream Uber driver (maybe even while being driven by a not so-great-one). Everyone has different qualities that they appreciate in a driver, but the following characteristics are undeniable when you are cruising in a stranger’s car.
First, you of course want your Uber driver to be prepared. For some that may mean they have enough available seats and a current working smart phone that can re-route you when you hit traffic. For others, being prepared means that the driver has taken extra care to offer a smooth ride for the customers/passengers. Some Uber drivers now offer a tray of extras – a variety of phone chargers, gum, mints, even refreshments like sodas and granola bars.
While this may be overboard for some, for others it makes their ride even more enjoyable. Even if a driver adds simple upgrades to their car, such as air fresheners or a good variety of music, it is appreciated. Anything that can make the drive more enjoyable is a benefit in my book. Employing someone who puts that kind of thought and care into their work is always appreciated.
Another characteristic for an awesome Uber driver may seem like an obvious one: good driving skills. While this may seem like a given, I have been in a few ride-sharing vehicles that have driven in a startling (and maybe even unsafe) way.
Although I definitely want to save money and arrive at my destination in a timely manner, I do not want to risk my life. It is beneficial if the driver has passed a defensive driving course. Getting into a car with a person you have most likely not met before (unless you happen to Uber frequently) is already jarring enough; having to hold onto the grab handle over the window for dear life is just not fun. Taking a safe, easy route is always a good sign of a great Uber driver.
Most people also want a driver that is cognizant enough to understand when we do and do not want to socialize. Sometimes, when you have had a long trip or just are not in the mood for small talk, a chatty driver is your worst nightmare.
When a driver can feel out how you are responding, it not only makes them a good person, but also an aware driver, which in turn should help their rating. If you feel like chatting, it is great for a driver to respond accordingly, but when you are worn down from travel or the trials of life, occasionally a quiet ride is all you want and need.
Whatever may make your ride easier, be it a fully stocked Uber that looks like a checkout aisle, a chatty driver, or just a plain good driver, we all have our dream driver. Making sure that each driver is a good person as well as a good driver is something that is unparalleled when you have to hop into a stranger’s car.
Every time you step into an Uber, your list of a dream driver may change, but there is no doubt that these certain characteristics can make or break your ride. When we are entrusting our lives with someone we summoned via an app to drive us around town, it is important that Uber enlists employees that are friendly, understanding and of course, good drivers. If you think you would be an excellent Uber driver in New York, then find out how to get your TLC license in NYC as soon as possible!