There are 20 Uber driver items that you should have if you are driving on the Rideshare platform. Keeping your vehicle clean and being prepared for mishaps is important.
I have found that by having these tools in my vehicle at all times keep me with a higher rating than most Uber drivers. In addition to great ratings I get larger and more frequent tips.
This brings me to my next point of maximizing Uber income. The digital tools mentioned in this video help increase Uber referral money as well as save on taxes.
The 20 Uber Driver Items That You Need
This is the most used tool in my car. I use this everyday. The pet hair attachment is fantastic. Removal of dirt, grass and small crumbs is flawless. It only takes about 2-minutes to cleanup behind a rider when needed. This hand vac is a lifesaver. It’s not heavy which helps in getting around the car fast. The Black and Decker Flex Hand Vac is one of the best investments a rideshare driver can make. this goes for those who drive for Uber of Lyft.
You will need something to record your rides in case of an accident. Having a small video recorder like the GoPro Hero Session is ideal. It produces video in 1080 HD and can also shoot stop animation. The added benefit is if something pops off inside your car you can quickly grab it off the mount and shoot that action.
3. Lint Roller
Pet dog and cat hair can be a real problem to Uber drivers that don’t have a lint roller. This simple item will allow you to remove hair from your seat within seconds. I have found that not only is it good for pets, but it’s fantastic for men and women who leave hair behind too.
One thing that will surely cause you to get a low rating is driving with your cellphone in your hand while navigating. Passengers don’t like this AT ALL. Why? Because it’s dangerous! Taking your eyes off the road constantly places YOU and the rider in a higher percentile of being in an accident. Buying a simple cellphone holder is a sure way to dodging BAD ratings from Uber riders and staying safe.
Having an LED Flashlight in your car is important for two reasons.
- #1 is to look around for lost items that passengers may have left behind after a ride.
- #2 is for preparation of jumping off your vehicle or changing a tire in the dark.
The brightness of these kind of flashlights are optimal for seeing in the dark.
One of the most frequent things you will do as an Uber driver is clean your windows. If you have to do this, it just makes sense to use a window cleaner that will repell rain. The Rain-X windshield cleaner is a lot better than the average Windex cleaning solution.
There will be times that a passenger will leave a foul smell in your vehicle. This is something that can lead to immediate dissatisfaction of a customer when driving. Pungent smells will get you a bad rating 9 out of 10 times. Having something like a Febreze Air Freshener or some Essential Oils in your vehicle can help eliminate bad odors FAST!
One of the best investments I ever made for my Uber business was buying a Car Charger/Adapter for my passengers. The functionality of this tool not only keeps Uber riders happy but it garners 5 star ratings. People can charge cellphones, laptops and mobile tablets while riding with you. It’s a fantastic item that EVERY Uber driver should have in their cars.
Nothing is worse than being out on a day when money is good and your phone is dying. If you can’t turn on the Uber app you can’t accept rides. Your day is over and money WILL be lost. Don’t get caught out Ubering around without a charger for your phone.
As a driver you will get the request many times from your passenger to listen to personal music on their phone. This can be done through Spotify or Pandora via bluetooth or direct to the riders cell via an Auxiliary Cord. Customizing the riders experience through music is a HUGE plus for 5 star ratings and tips.
11. Vomit Bags
If you were to ever pick up an Uber rider who is a bit intoxicated you could experience vomit. There is nothing worse than the smell of a human throwing up in your vehicle. Not only is it a horrible scent, but it’s hard to clean from fabric. To caution yourself from this act I urge you to buy some DYANAREX 4707 Blue Emesis Bags and keep them in your car.
After washing your car the absolute fastest way to remove water from your vehicle is a Bladed Silicone Squeegee. Before you take a shammy to your vehicle the water is 80% removed within minutes. This tool also helps clear off misty windows covered with condensation in the mornings or late humid nights.
Getting a microfiber cleaning cloth will save you a considerable amount of time when it comes to cleaning off windows. Uber riders will leave finger and hand prints all over your glass. When you are in action driving you have to move fast. These cloths will remove fingerprints quickly allowing you to get back on the road to get more money from fares.
14. Pen and Index Cards
I use a basic pen and index cards to go old school when it comes to gathering quick information at times. You can’t always to get your phone when you need to forge a relationship. Having these two common tools in your car will go a long way. You never know who you are riding in your mobile business.
15. Water Bottle Filled with Soap
This is a major key. If someone vomits in your car you will need to begin the cleanup process fast after documenting the pictures for Uber. You don’t want puke drying up in the fabric of your seats.
You don’t want vomit touching your hands if you have to clean that mess up. Having a pair of Latex Gloves is the easiest form of protecting yourself while cleaning up vomit from an Uber passenger.
When cleaning up human vomit you wanna use something that you don’t care much about. These cheap, but very useful terry cloth towels will do the trick every time.
When it comes to navigating around I use the WAZE Navigation App ninety-five percent of the time. Google Maps is good and Uber’s built in navigation is just horrible. However, the WAZE app is SUPER awesome. Watch the video below to find out how I use WAZE to make an extra $200 a week from it’s features.
19. MileIQ App
When it comes down to tracking my miles for my Uber business I choose to go with the Mile IQ App. Mileage tracking is a huge part of the Rideshare business and if you aren’t doing it right you are costing yourself $1,000’s of dollars per year as a Uber driver.
If you have not built a personal Uber website you are losing a potential of $10K – $20,000 a year in income and tax deductions. Having a website allows you to expand your Uber business from driving to blogging. This qualifies you for additional tax deductions. In addition to that the Uber referral income is substantial. An Uber blog allows you to brand yourself and your Uber business like never before. You can also build the website up to sell ads to other business owners in your area or even boost other businesses you may have. There is 6 ways to get paid as an Uber driver and referrals is a BIG one.
WATCH the video here to learn How To Build An Uber Website to make $1,000’s of dollars.
An easy way to make a customer happy is to provide them temporary shelter in the rain with your Oversized Windproof Umbrella. Escorting an Uber rider to your car in the rain is a very easy way to get a 5 star rating.
Uber car care is one of the essential things every driver must be aware of every day. After all, this is your business on wheels. Carrying these essential tools in your vehicle will allow you to protect it as well as maintain high ratings from passengers.