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Passengers need to wear seatbelts especially in bad weather if not all the time. Also need to consider tipping in bad weather.

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momof4
8115 Rider Driver
 Posted 1 year ago

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The weather was completely awful in Philly, New Jersey, Lower Bucks County, and probably many other areas. Wind, downpouring rain non stop, flooding everywhere. Places that never flood were flooded. Had 7 trips up & down I-95 (Street Rd. To CC) each accident was worst than the one before. The last one I witnessed 4 cars were involved, firemen were using saws, jaws of life to cut people out of these totally wrecked cars. After this I was done for the night it was so not worth it to be on the road anymore. First I want to say PASSENGERS no matter what road conditions are but especially if weather is bad PUT YOUR SEATBELTS ON!  I have to ask riders to put belts on (some get annoyed) I am sure those who get annoyed rate me less than 5 stars. I DONT CARE ABOUT the 25.00 TICKET as much as I CARE THAT YOU COULD GO FLYING THROUGH MY WINDSHIELD or be EJECTED OUT A WINDOW. I have insurance to cover lawsuits so thats not my concern. I dont want to be responsible for taking your life and causing your family and friends the  pain of losing you. It takes 5 secs or less to click your seatbelt, it may save your life. You dont know if your driver is a safe driver but even if they are the safest of drivers other drivers on the road may be tired, drunk, or careless. Bad road conditions due to weather significantly increase possibilities of accidents. PUT YOUR SEATBELTS ON!

I appreciate it very much when tipped.  I try not to get involved in tipping issues but really feel the need after the snow storm 2 weeks ago and the rain this past weekend. First, yes I drive to make money. When I drive I try to accommodate everyone and make their trip as pleasant as possible. I try ...

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The weather was completely awful in Philly, New Jersey, Lower Bucks County, and probably many other areas. Wind, downpouring rain non stop, flooding everywhere. Places that never flood were flooded. Had 7 trips up & down I-95 (Street Rd. To CC) each accident was worst than the one before. The last one I witnessed 4 cars were involved, firemen were using saws, jaws of life to cut people out of these totally wrecked cars. After this I was done for the night it was so not worth it to be on the road anymore. First I want to say PASSENGERS no matter what road conditions are but especially if weather is bad PUT YOUR SEATBELTS ON!  I have to ask riders to put belts on (some get annoyed) I am sure those who get annoyed rate me less than 5 stars. I DONT CARE ABOUT the 25.00 TICKET as much as I CARE THAT YOU COULD GO FLYING THROUGH MY WINDSHIELD or be EJECTED OUT A WINDOW. I have insurance to cover lawsuits so thats not my concern. I dont want to be responsible for taking your life and causing your family and friends the  pain of losing you. It takes 5 secs or less to click your seatbelt, it may save your life. You dont know if your driver is a safe driver but even if they are the safest of drivers other drivers on the road may be tired, drunk, or careless. Bad road conditions due to weather significantly increase possibilities of accidents. PUT YOUR SEATBELTS ON!

I appreciate it very much when tipped.  I try not to get involved in tipping issues but really feel the need after the snow storm 2 weeks ago and the rain this past weekend. First, yes I drive to make money. When I drive I try to accommodate everyone and make their trip as pleasant as possible. I try to be as helpful as possible with bags, stopping at a store, mac machine etc. When weather is bad i try to pull as close to their front door, driveway, etc. I open door from inside so they just have to jump in.  I am sure other drivers do the same. What I am trying to get at is some drivers (not all) try to do the best job they can, accomodate riders as much as possible. We could just be polite, drive from point A to B and do nothing extra at all but still make the same amt of $ as the driver metioned above (that may do something extra). When you are headed out in awful, dangerous weather please consider TIPPING YOUR DRIVER. Do you have any idea the risk they take in this weather? Not only do they want to go home at the end of their shift with their car not damaged they sure as hell dont want you to be  injured or worse killed. Some of us drivers out there although doing it for the $ may also drive longer hrs in bad weather knowing its difficult and demand is high to get people home. Trust me $ isnt the only thing that keeps drivers out in bad weather because you dont make more money when roads are bad. Traffic is backed up and trips take much more time but pay doesnt increase much at all (example  for a trip that takes 10 min in normal weather but took driver 47 min in snow pd 2.47 extra). I'll say it AGAIN PLEASE TIP your driver especially in BAD WEATHER and if they DO MORE than get you safely from point A to point B ( carry bags, make stops, drop a friend 2 blocks over, pick your drunk ass up out of the street & help you to your door).  It's just the right thing to do. 

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    LG-PA
    811 Driver
     1 year ago

    In NJ not wearing a seat belt by driver or passenger is considered a primary offense, which means you can be pulled over just for that. I have a small pamflet affixed to back seat pocket facing right rear passenger stating that. I do not enforce it but they are now informed. In PA it is a secondary offence

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      momof4
      OP 8115 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      Good idea. I have been thinking about putting sign in back of my car with a few things on it. Not asking for tips though lol.

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      momof4
      OP 8115 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      I know in PA if you are over 18 and in the back seat you do not have to wear a seatbelt. I was shocked when I read it in driving manual. Front seat passenger and driver must wear a seatbelt.  It takes less than 10 secs to buckle up. It's better  to lose 10 secs of time than being ejected out of the car. If your in front seat your head goes through that windshield your going to get messed up or worse. Me ex went through windshield no seatbelt. Half his face was hanging off. It was awful. These passengers dont know what kind of driver we are. They know nothing about us. Then factor in bad weather, bad visibility, wind, flooded roads, and bad drivers on the road why wouldn't you put a seatbelt on. I have people get annoyed with me when I ask them to put it on. I just dont get it. 

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        LG-PA
        811 Driver
         1 year ago

        Unbuckled rear seat passenger will become a projectile in an accident and the first thing their head will hit on their way out the windshield is the back of the driver's or front passenger's head as they would have been buckled and stayed in their seats. So if your headrest is not high enough - pick it up :)

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          momof4
          OP 8115 Rider Driver
           1 year ago

          Thanks for the tip. Mine are both up high. People can start putting seatbelts on or call another Uber:)

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          StevenL-NYU
          141 Driver Driver
           11 months ago

          I was thinking the same thing. Many drivers say that if someone chooses to not wear the seat belt it's their prerogative, but if they become a human projectile, he can affect everyone around.  ...including my poor windshield.

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    ShandeeL
    33
     11 months ago

    Good tip. I consider myself a good tipper but I never thought the weather to be a factor for increased tipping. It does make sense.

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      momof4
      OP 8115 Rider Driver
       11 months ago

      It seems when weather is bad many drivers dont come out. There are nights that its raining, roads are flooded, traffic is awful. Snow is much worse as traffic gets really bad. Last storm we had I did 2 rides both shouldve been 5 to 7 min pick ups. I spent 59 min extra picking these 2 riders up which I was pd 1.97 for 26 min. and 2.45 for 47 min. My 1st riders work was closed when we arrived she had no where to go until a family member came. I stayed with her for 30 min until family member got there (Uber didnt  force me to do it but I felt it was the right to do). She did tip 6.50. Next rider got 4 blocks from his house when his work cancelled. No tip. Yes we are out there to make money. Sometimes just the little extras you do or the risk you take would be nice to receive even a $2/ $3 tip as I know these rides can be costly if there is a surge. 

      Thank you for understanding my point:)

       

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    dearestabby
    17
     1 year ago

    Wait people still don't wear seatbelts? I kinda of thought seatbelts are a given now, just like how smoking is bad for you...


    What percentage don't wear seatbelts?

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      momof4
      OP 8115 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      You would think. Especially driving with a stranger in bad westher. 95% of my riders will put them on if sitting in the front. The other 5% have to be told. 25%/30% in the back seat put them on and I am being generous. The rest have to be told. Mostly people under 30 yrs old have to be told in the backseat. Some get annoyed with me thats where my 4 stars probably come from:) 

      A1You think thats bad In the 17mths I've been driving I've had at least 12 adults probably more with kids  ranging from 18 mths to 6 yrs. old with no carseat. Some have more than 1 child. When i say I cant take you I hear "they will be fine", "other drivers do it", and "what am I supposed to do now"? Some have a few other not so nice 4 letter words for me in front of their child. Go figure. I dont understand it. 

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        dearestabby
        17
         1 year ago

        Wow I am shocked!! I always wear my seatbelt, I don't get the big deal about it. Is it not "cool" to the younger generation?! I also cannot comprehend not putting your childs safety first, some people really should not be parents. It is so sad

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          momof4
          OP 8115 Rider Driver
           1 year ago

          I was shocked also about the car seat with kids. I know a mom who continues to Uber without one. She tries to call me when she has to go out as I have a booster and she lives a few blocks from me. I pull ul she orders Uber I am closest car. If I am not available which is most times she gets whoever and they have no seat. Its scary. Just dont get people. I agree some people shoukdnt have kids.

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            drwife46
            57 Rider
             1 year ago

            What happens if you get pulled over in this situation, are you at fault or the mom?

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              momof4
              OP 8115 Rider Driver
               1 year ago

              I am at fault. I should've never put a child in my car without a seat. I refuse all riders who do not have car seat. Only one parent I've picked up has ever had a seat. All the rest did not. I now have a booster so if child is over 6 yrs of age and 40lbs I will take them as long as they go in seat. You would be surprised at how many drivers do take these parents with small children and no seat.