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  • First of all, I am not a insurance expert, so my advice should be taken with a grain of salt. I am not sure if it's required by your insurance carrier, but some of them will ask and you may be obligated to tell them. Mine for example asks if the vehicle is ever used for business purposes. Driving for Uber is indeed for business, and this may affect the level of coverage. In case of an accident, you do not want something like this to limit the payout.

    Some companies even offer rideshare insurance. The price is usually reasonable so it's worth asking about it.  You could also use additional liability coverage to supplement the policy Uber provides.

    You should also do research on whether you are actually covered at all times while you are driving. For example, Uber only provides coverage for while you are actually "working" for Uber and providing rideshare service.  So when your app is off, you aren't covered by their policy and you'd have to rely on your personal policy.  Then the complexity arises when you are in the middle, let's say when you are on your way to picking up a passenger. Uber provides some liability insurance but may be at a reduced rate. (from what I remember)

    Here's a great article:

  • You can be operating as a small business and have an LLC and driver for Uber. It's up to them whether to accept that or not, but from my experience (and from what I hear), they are not that selective about it. They basically want that for payment (EIN) and they don't inquire too much about what your LLC is about and what the business is about. I don't think you will have an issue.

    Technically though, you should probably check with a) your accountant, b) insurance agent, and c) the state as well.  Usually when you register your business with the state, you have to declare what your business is about and what it offers.  If it's significantly different than "driving people around," I think they might have an issue about it.

    The accountant will give you a financial advice. I don't think they care too much about the type of business.  However, the state and definitely the insurance company will care. (e.g. insurance company needs to know what you are doing in order to assess the risk and provide coverage.)

  • I’d say yes.  If you get a larger full size sedan, like a Toyota Camry, three large suitcases can fit in the trunk.
    Even with a smaller sedan (or larger suitcases that don’t all fit in the trunk), technically one of the suitcases can go up front and take up one of the passenger spaces. Let one person sit in the front passenger seat (next to the driver), and have that suitcase be placed between the two people in the back.

    I don’t think it’s necessary to call an SUV for that. 

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     5 months ago in  Looking for Feedback

    Does the vending machine get installed on the car? Bolted on?  I prefer to not have anything prominent installed on my car. 

    Not so much for me, but for those who use the car for both Uber and personal matters, it needs to be removable.  Prefer that they not be bolted on.

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     6 months ago in  Do UberEats drivers have to wear masks?

  • Safety is definitely the biggest thing. You may think there may be discrimination but ironically, not so much. I think we get the same number of requests. (though it'd be interesting to see if there is actually a difference.)

    Speaking of discrimination, here's a small piece of Uber history. Uber used to display full names of the drivers when people were looking for rides. It was for transparency, accountability, etc. It wasn't a big deal back then because this was during the time all drivers were professional livery drivers. Of course, as normal people started driving through UberX, that's when the privacy became more important.  That's when they allowed (or at least provided the option) to display only your first name and last initial. This provided a layer of privacy. 

    The problem arose though, when they heard a claim that riders were using the first names to identify certain drivers. For example, racist people would decline drivers with foreign names or predators would target women.  Yes, all by first name.  And also the photo too.

    That's when Uber lifted the requirement for drivers to use real names, initials, or photos. There are still some mandates (like you can't make up an initial or make it a weird name), but I know if you contact them, they will make exceptions.

    Sorry for the longwinded response, but I thought it was an interesting topic.

  • For female drivers, they watch the hours and locations. Those are two great ways to stay safe. 

    Stay away from weekend nights when there are drunk people.  Certain neighborhoods are no good, especially at nights. 

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     6 months ago in  Flagged as a Covid rider?

    I wonder how many degrees of exposure they will apply this to 

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     6 months ago in  Pets in crates

    You totally can. Just book a ride as you usually do, immediately text the driver and warn him or her.  They’ll decline if they don’t want to give you a ride.
    Just give them a chance to decline. As long as all parties are happy.
    In some markets, they have special Uber service for pets, and some allow you to specify upon requesting a ride, but the even without the feature, just get approval from the driver and you are fine. Allow yourself more time in case you do get a cancellation. 

  • Yes, you can modify the passenger ratings after the fact.  You may want to do this if you made a mistake or something else has happened since the trip that made you want to change it.

    Here’s how you do it in the Uber Driver app.  

    • Uber App → 
    • Earnings →
    • Select a trip (or a passenger) you have issues with
    • Tap Help → 
    • Issue with a Rider → 
    • I want to Change my Rating for a Rider

    Then you can modify the ratings and leave a reason why you wanted to change it.

  • Well, in some markets, they have. Especially in the smaller markets, taxi companies went belly up, and they've all been replaced by Uber drivers. 

    What happens is that the "dispatchers", which are sometimes independent from taxi companies are the ones that are struggling.  This is because Uber's innovative app replaces the dispatchers' job function and not drivers.

    So the dispatchers went belly up and drivers are now taking calls from Uber.  

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     6 months ago in  What's a typical passenger rating for Uber? Is 4.50 good?

    I wonder if this isn’t a common trick. You can actually change your passenger ratings after the fact. You can always go to your driving (earnings history) and click on Help.

    There are dark drivers who are out there who review the past trips and change each one.  

    I don’t suggest this, but here’s how you do it in the Uber Driver app.  

    Uber App → 

    Earnings →

    Select a trip (or a passenger) you have issues with

    Tap Help → 

    Issue with a Rider → 

    I want to Change my Rating for a Rider

    Then you can modify the ratings and leave a reason why you wanted to change it. Not sure if “didn’t tip” is a good justification but...

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     6 months ago in  What's a typical passenger rating for Uber? Is 4.50 good?

    Yeah, this has been a problem with many salty drivers. They take the time to look up passengers who didn’t tip and down vote them.  Some do this in anger, and some do this to change the overall culture of the Uber tipping. (So they say)

    Drivers didn’t used to be able to do this. 

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     6 months ago in  ride

    Yes, you can totally do this.  One way is to do the multi-destination trip.

    Or just ask your driver once you get to the destination. The price will be automatically reflected so the drivers shouldn’t mind.
    Worst case, you can always request for another car when you are done. You may even get the same driver if he or she is still close. 

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     6 months ago in  Uber Deactivation for Safety Concerns

    You should be able to have your voice be heard. Total BS. Not to mention you should be able to see the claims and complaints supposedly filed.
    If they’re claiming there have been multiple, why didn’t they warn you before? Why didn’t they reach out to you to try to fix the problem? This thing is especially sketchy because they’re simply not being transparent.

    Sorry to hear this.  

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     6 months ago in  Rideshare availability at a time and place

    Hi, Matt,

    It’s an excellent question, and this is something many people wonder regardless of age! Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straight forward.

    First of all, here’s an article that may help

    The problem is that a rideshare like Uber isn’t by default designed to be scheduled. The availability of the drivers is determined by what drivers happen to be in your area at the time of your request. When you request a ride in the app, that’s for right there and then. The app will show you how far the drivers are and how long it’ll take  

    Don’t fret though; in most areas. there are plenty of cars, and the wait shouldn’t be too long. 

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     7 months ago in  Can Uber and Lyft drivers recover from a one-star review?

    1 STAR ratings haunts most drivers, and my last one scarred me emotionally. 

    See, I try very hard to be a good host and a driver, and when I get 1 star, I never understand why I deserve such a rating. 

    It makes me insecure and paranoid. How did I make them uncomfortable?  Did I go too fast?  Did I not stop long enough at a stop sign? Did I smell that day? You never really get over it.

  • Well, autonomous vehicles will be used more per day, potentially driving 24 hours a day.  NYC taxis that are driven consistently, due to rotating shifts, they are driven 24 hours and incur over 70,000 miles a year.

    Driving four years means 280,000 miles. He seems to be on target, but the cars can last much longer than that. I guess it depends on how much people mind the old or worn out cars by the fifth year.

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     1 year ago in  Is a cat allowed in an uber if hes in a cat carrier?

    The rule is that there isn’t a rule. It’s basically up to the drivers. 

    A cat in a carrier should totally be okay, unless the driver is worried about allergens. (Some inevitably are sensitive.)

    It should be 99% okay, but if you want to be doubly sure, text the driver upon being accepted and ask if it’s okay.  The likely answer is yes, and he or she will appreciate you asking. (The 1%, the driver will cancel but you can just call another one.)

  • If we took that route, we are getting into a weird world where you need ID to use common services. If taxis, is it restaurant and schools next?

    Anyone remember when Trump suggested under his rule, we wouldn’t be need ID to buy groceries?  That was messed up. 

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