Being a ridesharing “partner” or driver can be very challenging at times. Becoming a ridesharing driver for Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar, or any other ridesharing company, is the easiest part of the game. All you need to do is to sign up online and upload a soft copy of the requirements that are needed from you like your driver’s license, car registration, and your car insurance. Most ridesharing companies like Uber need these documents for processing your application. There are no background checks or clearances required to become a partner. All you need to do is to wait till you receive your allotted i-phone with a built-in app for Uber partners.
The most challenging part of becoming an Uber partner is how you would impress your customers or the Uber “users” in order to create a good customer base, and besides, by impressing your customers, you can get a rating of 5 stars. Uber users rate their drivers from 1 to 5 after completing every trip; hence, you should avoid acquiring lower ratings below the average of 4.7 for you might be risking deactivation.
The most common cause of receiving a low rating is poor navigation. The one thing that is troubling for a passenger is when a driver deviates from the path that is generated on the GPS map on the Uber apps. As an Uber driver, it is best to explain the reason why you are altering your path. Likewise, to avoid getting lost, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the city’s landmark and road systems if you really want to chauffer well for other people.
Another widely-known reason for getting low ratings is the quality and age of your car. If your passenger is modest enough, you might not receive a trip cancellation or hear any sarcastic comment about your car. However, you may receive a low rating from that user after the trip. It is wise therefore to regularly inspect your car after every trip in preparation for your next customer.
The 2016 Challenges for Uber-X Drivers
You can be an Uber partner depending on what vehicle you are registering when you sign up. The least expensive and the most common Uber ridesharing scheme is the Uber-X. Uber-X cars are mostly sedans with seats for up to four passengers. Uber-XL has more expensive fare and the vehicle should have six or more passengers. Uber-Select only uses luxury sedan. Uber-Black for Black colored luxury sedan is for executive use. Uber-Pool has the cheapest fare but you need to share your ride with other people to split the cost of fare. Uber-Pool is only found in big metropolis like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco in California, and in Paris, France.
For uber driver 2016 is a challenging year especially for Uber-X drivers that uses pre-2005 and 2005 vehicles. Uber-X annually deactivates Uber-X partners with 10 year-old vehicles. This is particularly hard for fulltime Uber-X driver as he needs to replace his car with a new one. Without a car loan, this can be outright daunting for Uber-X drivers. If you are an Uber-X driver and you are using an elderly car, you must be sure to plan ahead your next car purchase.