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As a driver, what are some annoying things passengers do to you?

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Bspringz
41 Rider Driver
 Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Some passengers just don’t get it. What are some things that annoy you? Add to the list and let me know what you think of it!


1) MAKE IT EASY/SAFE FOR US TO PICK YOU UP!

This is the biggest one. Some passengers have some ridiculous pick up points. No, I will not stop on a 4 lane one-way road with no shoulder during rush hour to pick you up. This is unsafe. I am not going to block traffic for you. You’re gonna have to walk to my car a block away for this one or I’m cancelling.


2) dirty passengers

This is a big problem especially where I live, Honolulu. I’ve picked up plenty of people from muddy trails or sandy beaches. Do me a favor and at least dry off/wipe the sand off before getting in my car! I don’t care how nice you are, if you get sand and salt water all over my car during our 3 minute journey, I’m not going to be happy.


3) smelly passengers!

It’s 2019, I don’t care if you smoke weed, just please don’t reek up my car! That smell sticks around for a while, and you realize I have to go pick up someone else immediately after you? This leaves me frantically trying to air out my car before I pick up my next passenger which is probably going to assume I’m driving around stoned with weed in my car.


4) generally being disrespectful of my property

The amount of times I’ve had a passenger get in and immediately slam the front seat back all the way is ridiculous. This also goes for people who put their feet up, eat/drink in my car or intentionally leave trash behind.


5) expecting me to break the law for you

If you show up with 5-6 people (I have a sedan) or open containers of alcohol, expect me to cancel the ride ...

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Some passengers just don’t get it. What are some things that annoy you? Add to the list and let me know what you think of it!


1) MAKE IT EASY/SAFE FOR US TO PICK YOU UP!

This is the biggest one. Some passengers have some ridiculous pick up points. No, I will not stop on a 4 lane one-way road with no shoulder during rush hour to pick you up. This is unsafe. I am not going to block traffic for you. You’re gonna have to walk to my car a block away for this one or I’m cancelling.


2) dirty passengers

This is a big problem especially where I live, Honolulu. I’ve picked up plenty of people from muddy trails or sandy beaches. Do me a favor and at least dry off/wipe the sand off before getting in my car! I don’t care how nice you are, if you get sand and salt water all over my car during our 3 minute journey, I’m not going to be happy.


3) smelly passengers!

It’s 2019, I don’t care if you smoke weed, just please don’t reek up my car! That smell sticks around for a while, and you realize I have to go pick up someone else immediately after you? This leaves me frantically trying to air out my car before I pick up my next passenger which is probably going to assume I’m driving around stoned with weed in my car.


4) generally being disrespectful of my property

The amount of times I’ve had a passenger get in and immediately slam the front seat back all the way is ridiculous. This also goes for people who put their feet up, eat/drink in my car or intentionally leave trash behind.


5) expecting me to break the law for you

If you show up with 5-6 people (I have a sedan) or open containers of alcohol, expect me to cancel the ride before I even start the ride. Get out of my car. If I get pulled over, I could lose my ability to drive Uber. Get out of my car.


6) back seat drivers

I drive. A lot. I know my way around. Yes sometimes the GPS is wrong or there is a better way to get to your house in the big residential neighborhood, but aside from that, I don’t need your help with navigation! I especially find it comical when tourists try to direct me around my own town.


7) discussing politics/religion! 

I’m all for engaging in pleasant conversation, but please leave these things out of it! We all have different beliefs and opinions but we don’t need to discuss them here. I do not want to start a debate with a stranger that has the ability to give me a low rating. Just no.


8) asking me to make a detour without adding a stop

Change the destination or add a stop or I’m not going to do it. Period.

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    momof4
    8105 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    1.Making me wait no text, no call, and no answer to my text or call. Then they come out and dont even apologize. Self entitled brats.

    2. Minors

    3. Parents with no car seats 

      Open containers, picking their nail polish, finger nails, or false lashes off and throwing them on the floor (one girl was sitting in the front right next to me doing it), putting feet up in the seat or counsol. These things are usually young 20 something's  Guys 35+ who backseat drive or tell me where to go. My GPS is visible to all especially me.  If you have shortcut fine but dont need them telling me the GPS directions that are right in front of me. Who raised these kids. No manners no respect. 

    Tonight definately was the worst. Driving 6 20 somethings to local club. All of a sudden guy in front throws his hands up yells OMG and screams. I didnt know WTH was going on. Then he proceeds to scream "stop the car seriously stop the car". I wasnt in a good spot to stop in the m...

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    1.Making me wait no text, no call, and no answer to my text or call. Then they come out and dont even apologize. Self entitled brats.

    2. Minors

    3. Parents with no car seats 

      Open containers, picking their nail polish, finger nails, or false lashes off and throwing them on the floor (one girl was sitting in the front right next to me doing it), putting feet up in the seat or counsol. These things are usually young 20 something's  Guys 35+ who backseat drive or tell me where to go. My GPS is visible to all especially me.  If you have shortcut fine but dont need them telling me the GPS directions that are right in front of me. Who raised these kids. No manners no respect. 

    Tonight definately was the worst. Driving 6 20 somethings to local club. All of a sudden guy in front throws his hands up yells OMG and screams. I didnt know WTH was going on. Then he proceeds to scream "stop the car seriously stop the car". I wasnt in a good spot to stop in the middle of the major road entering a major highway or going straight to another major rd.  He then opened the door still screaming to stop I was doing about 5mph at this point as he starts to get out if the car. I slammed the brakes. He gets out and starts yelling "hi Johnathan". He gets back in. "That was Johnathan Vaness. Who? He is a hairdresser I guess a famous one. Seriously? All that for a hairdresser?   Get to destination and one of the other riders says "hey come in he will buy you a drink for doing that"? WTH? Am I out here driving?  Sure he can buy a beer and 5 shots and then Ill drive your asses home.  The hell with the drink why dont you try tipping considering your XL for 6 people cost you a whopping 11.00 I got 6.86. You gave me a heart attack and I almost killed your ass. Tip would be nice.

    I know this sounds like I am picky mean driver and I  hate driving but thankfully these things dont happen very often:) When they do I dont react just get them where they are going and thankful they are out of my car. I've learned to be very patient and then I come on ride guru and complain:) lol   I stopped doing bar trips my rating went from a 4.93 to a 4.96. Lot less stress and craziness. Although some if them are fun when riders are not trashed. WTH was I thinking. Next ride was minors which I declined.  

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      Bspringz
      OP 41 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Parents with no car seats is a big one too. Too many!

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      lissarae
       2 months ago

      Your number 3 is an issue in my area from what I understand. I travel with my 3 year old, and have had several drivers tell me that I am one of the only passengers they've picked up with a small child and a carseat. Apparently they are used to folks either expecting the driver to supply a carseat (what??) or willing to travel without one, and expecting the driver to be fine with that! 

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    joeyj
    426 Driver Rider
     2 months ago

    Honolulu, so you must be dealing with mostly tourists. The sand/mud thing must be really annoying. People on vacation are in this weird bubble where they feel like anything goes and they can ditch their usual consideration (if they have any to begin with).

    Here in Boston I get annoyed in the winter when people don't bang their shoes together to get the slush off before getting in. It's such a simple thing but so many don't bother, and my floor is a salty dirty wreck by the end of the night!

    Also weed is legal in MA now and many people seem to think that makes it ok to stink up my car with weed. Definitely can sympathize with you on that. I've had people light joints in my car on more than one occasion. Really not ok.

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      momof4
      8105 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Had people few weeks back in NJ Shore get off a boat from a day of fishing. Six riders,  their smelly fishy coolers, and sand all over. WTH is wrong with people? So rude. People have no respect they dont care its not their car. 

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      Bspringz
      OP 41 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      You’d be surprised, more than half of my rides are people that live here! Close to 1 million live on this tiny little island.

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    momof4
    8105 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    I dont care if people sit upfront but if they are going to sit upfront dont sit there in silence for 55 min. So awkward.

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      AsStibelDude
      625 Driver
       2 months ago

      LOL.  Sitting up front AND silent? Yeah, that's crazy.

      I am surprised to hear you still get passengers who ride up front. Unless, of course it's a party more than 3.

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    jeffrey1987
    69 Driver
     2 months ago

    When they LOVE to chat about themselves.

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      Poutage
      7
       2 months ago

      So much insecurity when people have to prove themselves to complete strangers.

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    sally
    97 Driver
     2 months ago

    haha great list so far!! I think you have pretty much covered all the main ones. I would add being late for pickup. It is amazing how many passengers are not ready when I arrive, you literally have an app telling you exactly when I will arrive!! How hard could it be to get your butt outside?!

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      Bspringz
      OP 41 Rider Driver
       2 months ago  (edited 2 months ago)

      Absolutely! You know, they could also choose to be ready before they even call the ride. That would be logical correct? If you live in a populated city it should never take more than 5 minutes for a driver to get to you, get ready before hand! Too many people don’t understand this and choose to call the ride before they are even remotely ready to go, leaving me waiting by the pickup point (making little to no money) for entirely too long. Be ready first!

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    outlandish
    196 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    People who don't put on their seat belt. How do you guys handle this? I don't want to be liable if there is a crash but it gets really tiresome asking people to put them on and a lot of times people still don't so I just go and hope for the best.

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      courtney.pizzo
      2
       2 months ago

      For me, that was a habit that I carried over from riding in cabs--never wore a seat belt in cabs, kind of like riding the city bus. I honestly thought people would think I was odd if I did put it on. Then I read something from Uber about what factors drivers consider when rating, and safety, with seatbelt use listed as an example, was one of them. I'm a fan of wearing seatbelts, so I was glad to learn that!

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        chawes
        739 Rider Guru
         2 months ago

        Yeah that's funny actually. I never wore a seat belt in a cab. Ever. You just pile in and go. Cabbie doesn't care.

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      momof4
      8105 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Forgot that one:)

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    sharknado
    6
     2 months ago

    There are a lot of things that annoy me but I also just try to let most of it slide. People are people and if you let all these little things get to you you will hate driving real quick because they are not going to stop happening. 

    Having said that I really hate smelly pax. Everything else can be dealt with but godammit take care of your BO people.

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      momof4
      8105 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      I keep my mouth shut also. Then come on ride guru and complain. Lol

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      Bspringz
      OP 41 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Oh yes I agree. 90% of the time I bite my tongue and let it all slide (these people can rate me lol so I continue to be cheery). The only one I always say something about is when they expect me to break the law.

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    cheesehead
    518 Driver Rider
     2 months ago

    🤣 politics and religion. Really should not be brought up these days unless someone is looking for a fight. Another thing is when they slam the door when they get out of the car like they are trying to keep the demons of Hades from escaping the back seat. Just chill.

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    beccaSF
    10
     2 months ago

    Talk LOUDLY on the phone the entire ride.

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    jasongraff
    16
     2 months ago

    Just hear to say that I am jealous you live in Honolulu...

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      Bspringz
      OP 41 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      It ain’t all it’s cracked up to be haha. Living here is a lot different than vacationing here, it isn’t always paradise. At the same time though... if I’m not working I’m essentially in perpetual vacation mode 😎

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    breakingbread
    234 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    Oh,trying to fit too many people into my car. I have 4 seats, no I will not squeeze 6 people into my backseat. I don't care if you are happy to sit on laps. 😒