I’ve been earning some side hustle money driving for Uber the last few months.
My number rule for any Uber car is to keep it clean. The last thing passengers want to do is get in an Uber SUV filled with trash, used water bottles and dirty clothes you’ve been meaning to take to the cleaners.
Beyond that requirement there are a few things I do recommend carrying in you car. Items which are not for use during driving, or for your customers, should be stored out of sight – in the trunk, glove box, or if you drive an SUV to Uber, in a small box in the rear of your vehicle.
7 Must-Have Items For New Uber Drivers
1. Cleaning Supplies. The later in the day you drive the higher the chance you will come across someone who has had a little too much to drink.
It is not uncommon for someone to get sick in your Uber car. If this happens, take a photo of the mess and then file a complaint with Uber. Clean up what you can and continue your night, if possible.
Pro tip: Keep a few air-sickness bags in the seat pockets and let passengers know they are there if they appear inebriated.
2. Air Fresheners. Careful not to go overboard here. What you are looking for is a pleasant, but barely noticeable sent. I’ve found passengers love thes strawberry scented pine tree air fresheners.
3. Phone Mount. My very Uber experience as a rider involved a young female driver holding her cell phone in her lap and taking her eyes off the road the enter trip. I wanted to get out and kiss the ground after I arrived at my destination!
Pro tip: I found this Koomus CD-Air CD slot smartphone car mount holder cradle on Amazon and it has worked flawlessly with my iPhone 6 plus.
4. Dual car charger and iPhone/Droid cables. I’ve made many passenger’s nights by including a dual charging port and charging cable for their smartphone. Bonus points for Android users who usually say, “You probably only have an iPhone cable.” They are always pleasantly surprised to see I have both iPhone and an Android charging cable.
5. Mileage Log. Be sure to keep track of all of your miles driven for Uber. I track miles from my first pickup to my last drop off each session and record them in a Dome mileage log for tax-reporting purposes.
6. Six-foot Auxiliary Cable. If your car has an auxiliary port where users can plug in their smart phone and play music consider getting a six-foot auxiliary cable to each to your backseat.
Pro tip: If you have multiple passengers ask if they have all used Uber. If not, give a referral card to those new to the service and remind them they can sign up for a discounted (or free, depending on how far) ride home.
In addition to these required items for new Uber drivers you may also consider things such a water bottles (I freeze mine the night before driving so they stay cold) and candy (I offer dum-dum lolly pops – always a hit!).