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Do Uber drivers give low ratings to passengers that are quiet and do not engage in conversations?

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Anonymous
Driver Driver Rider
 Posted 11 months, 1 week ago

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    Bigfrank
    295 Driver Driver Rider
     2 days ago

    I prefer they don't talk to me or rabble on on their cell  or that their phone make kookie noises.  Boy I miss taxi partitions .

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    DaveWhittle
    213
     8 months ago

    That would depend on the personality of the driver, but my guess would be that you're not getting lower ratings for not talking, but rather for being seen as being uncaring.

    Drivers can be pretty sensitive as to whether riders treat their drivers with the respect we deserve as human beings.  So if you keep quiet or are curt, especially if the driver tries to strike up a conversation, then the driver will probably assume that you see him or her as a driver and not a person.  And that feels the same as you being rude to the driver.

    Hope that helps.

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      SyedAli
      213 Driver
       8 months ago

      "That would depend on the personality of the driver, but my guess would be that you're not getting lower ratings for not talking, but rather for being seen as being uncaring."

      Sound analysis.  I agree.

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    Star4Shining
     11 months ago

    I've had heated conversations about this with other drivers, ones that I don't particularly like.  My take is that more experienced the drivers or those who used to be taxi drivers (or ones who drive UberBlacks) all know to 1) make some friendly conversations like, "How are you." and 2) be "quiet unless spoken to." 

    You are hired to drive them, not to talk to them.  Can you imagine a waitress when asked "how are you?" tells you her life's problems?  No.  

    The reason I've had heated conversations is around tips.  Some swear that there is much more tip when there is a delightful conversatios.  OK, maybe there is some truth to that, but I don't think trying to force conversations is well accepted.

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    PookiePoo
    Rider Driver
     5 months ago

    I do not liking taking VIP's unless they are are 4.95 or up.  They typically  NEVER TIP!  I stick to passengers wtih ratings of 4.85 and up.  They are typically the ones tha tip.  In the Dallas area, if you are a non-tipper, many of the drivers will downrate you.  Once you get a score below a certain range (let's say 4.6) most drivers will not bother with you. 

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      ChazKillington
       5 months ago

      I am surprised that drivers can be so picky. No offense. Just surprised. I thought drivers were hungry for fares.  and money.  and we all love money.

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      BrianTheScrewDriver
      276 Driver Driver
       5 months ago

      I never thought of this.  Never thought there maybe a correlation between ratings and how much they tip, except for higher=more tip. 

      Wait, rereading what you wrote...who are you saying don’t tip?  People who have higher than 4.95?  

      So people who are between 4.85-4.95 are those that tip the most?

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    MadMax77
    Driver
     5 months ago

    The best passenger i have ever had was a box of shoes from thr city to Brooklyn and back with samples of fabric to the same spot. 

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    EjiEzeEze
    306 Rider Driver
     11 months ago

    I am a driver.  Riders who take short rides seem to likely not tip.  I am not sure if it's the type of people or if most people don't feel like they need to tip short rides.  but it's quite the opposite. If you take a $3.00 ride, please give us a few extra bucks. They go a long way...

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    LisaWicks
     11 months ago  (edited 11 months ago)

    I always try to treat everyone the same way I want to be treated, but I don’t particularly like being rated for services I’m paying for... I never had to worry about  how someone was rating me because I’m not chatting enough or anything like that when I took a taxi and that’s just one of the reasons I’ve started using them again... with the upfront pricing, they cost just about the same now anyway 

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      JessMin99
      136
       11 months ago

      You are right. I didn't even think of this before. We are being rated as paying customers. Does that happen in any other industry?  That would be like buying something on Amazon and being rated by the way I picked up my package. Or waitresses at Chili's rating how I ate  

      Then again, eBay.  And AirBnB.  I guess there are two participating parties, and we want both ends to be held accountable? Perhaps this is the new age way. No longer a definitive line between providers and consumers 

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    DriveMeToTheMoon
    274 Driver Driver
     11 months ago

    Don't get me started on short trips. Short trips are complete losers for us drivers.

    Imagine if you pay $6.  Uber takes 50% of that.  They take the first $2.50 on the flagdrop, and then they take 25% from the rest.   This is where that stupid fee hurts us so bad on those short rides.  It shouldn't even exist.

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    AngieKM169
    Rider
     11 months ago

    I have had overly talkative drivers, and I will admit that is super annoying.  I am not talking about those who are simply friendly.  I am talking about those who don't get the hint.  Sometimes, I am tired.  Sometimes, I just wanna read and relax. Sure, I am a bit of an introvert, and it exhausts me to talk to people all day.   I feel like riding a Lyft on the way home should be one place I get a lilttle quiet.

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      B-girlAnderson11
       11 months ago

      Don't get me started on drivers who hit on women.  Happens way more often than you think.

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        LisaWicks
         11 months ago

        You’re soo right, it happens all the time 

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    breakingbread
    183 Rider Driver
     11 months ago

    I drive pax around all day, and spent 75% of my day making small talk, the talking is way more exhausting then the driving! I love a quiet passenger. Better yet, I love a quiet passenger who is happy with my music choice so I can really just zone out