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As an Uber/Lyft passenger, what are some things you would just as soon NOT see your Uber/Lyft driver engaged in?

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fpressly
4083 Rider Driver
 Posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Let's be honest. The life of a driver can be slow at times. To entertain themselves, drivers sometimes take on hobbies and fads to fill the time. Probably the most annoying is the driver who is trying to hustle another living, while giving you your ride. He's on the phone or constantly texting someone trying to hustle this or that. The conversation with them goes like this. Hi, uhuh, yeah, yup, right, ok, gonna be with you in a minute, uhumm, yes, yes, roger that, uhuh, yeah, yup, right, now what can I do for you. What other things do you NOT want to see or hear from a driver? Thanks for your upvote.

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    amcbeth
    339 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    A driver should never take personal calls. Their is plenty of time after a ride is over to return a call. Eating while driving is also a no-no. I don't expect my passengers to eat on a ride, so I don't do it either.

    Making or taking a call at a red light and the rider will take it as inattention to driving.

    That rule changes for a rider. they don't have to pay attention while riding. I consider it rude if they are talking loudly, but I just ignore them.

    I personally enjoy a conversation with a passenger, but how they spend their time on the ride is their business, not mine.

    There will be another ride and hopefully a better passenger.

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    scotchyscotchyscotch
    33
     1 year ago

    The side hustle one is a good one. Very annoying.

    Another thing that I think is rude to passengers is to be eating while driving. I get that drivers need to eat. Just try to do it in between rides. It seems very unprofessional otherwise, and no one wants to smell your food.

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    NancyStride
    65
     1 year ago

    To be honest, I have regularly seen UberX drivers engaged on playing smartphone games.  Now, I haven't run into anyone who is playing while the car is moving, but they do at red lights.  They try to be non-discrete about it, but it's pretty darn obvious from the back.  

    I assume smartphone games is pretty darn popular amongst Uber drivers.  I mean, they have to be doing something between fares on the road, right?

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    wraiththe
    200 Driver
     1 year ago

    Messing with the phone while driving other than for your rideshare service is really unacceptable.   Even at the red lights... not a good idea.   If it is a real emergency, then a speakerphone call...  or pull over.   If you are playing games, you are not long for this world.  Focus on the road, even at a red light.

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    franciash
    23
     1 year ago

    Just talking on the phone in general. It is rude. I don't need to hear your conversation. I get the occasional wife calling to see where you are but please keep the calls short, especially since every driver has their calls coming through the cars.

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      momof4
      8153 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      I agree. Its rude and unprofessional for a driver to be on their phone. Most places of employment if not all prohibit employees from using their phone during work hours. Why should this be any different? I also think its rude for a rider to enter the car on their phone while not acknowledging the driver at all. At least upon entering the car say hello then go back to your call. Had a lady one night enter car yapping on phone this continued whole 45 min ride and then exited car still yapping. Not a hello, goodbye, or thank you. 

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    LG-PA
    810 Driver
     1 year ago

    I gave a ride to a passenger the other night.

    I use two phones (one for ride share and one personal). At red lights I occasionally check emails and texts (never when the wheels of my car are in motion). Actually when my personal phone rings during a ride I will silence it. Hopefully it give passenegr a feel that I am a safe driver and take the job seriously, by not talking and driving. Sometimes red lights are the only time we have to take care of our personal business, for example if I am expected home at 9:00pm and at 8:30pm I get sucked into a 1.5 hour ride, I will text family from next red light when to expect me. By the way, strongly suggest useing an app such as Life360 so family can track you real time through app instead of calling and texting every hour :)

    So at the red light, which I knew was a long one, I checked on a few emails and all of a sudden I get "Are you going to be on your phone the entire ride?" from the passenger. -Yes I said while at the red lights I plan t...

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    I gave a ride to a passenger the other night.

    I use two phones (one for ride share and one personal). At red lights I occasionally check emails and texts (never when the wheels of my car are in motion). Actually when my personal phone rings during a ride I will silence it. Hopefully it give passenegr a feel that I am a safe driver and take the job seriously, by not talking and driving. Sometimes red lights are the only time we have to take care of our personal business, for example if I am expected home at 9:00pm and at 8:30pm I get sucked into a 1.5 hour ride, I will text family from next red light when to expect me. By the way, strongly suggest useing an app such as Life360 so family can track you real time through app instead of calling and texting every hour :)

    So at the red light, which I knew was a long one, I checked on a few emails and all of a sudden I get "Are you going to be on your phone the entire ride?" from the passenger. -Yes I said while at the red lights I plan to, not while we are actually driving". I was certain that the passenger will invent some story to Lyft that I was unprofessional and unsafe, though she simply failed to realize I was only looking at my phone while we were stopped at red lights. Luckily she did not ding me and gave me a small tip through the app, which only came through a day after the ride. Riders like that are definitely getting 3 stars from me.

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