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How do you politely tell a Uber driver to slow down?

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AKalligon
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 Posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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    momof4
    8105 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    I am assuming you are asking because they are travellingvat a high rate of speed. Plain and simple "Can you please slow down I am not comfortable at the speed your travelling". If they continue to drive over speed limit ask them to pull over at a safe place and let you out. Report to Uber they will refund you. As a driver I set my cruise contol but there are times on a major highway where the flow of traffic is doing more than the speed limit so there are times you may have to go over. Sometimes on dark less travelled roads you have the locals riding your ass because they are used to travelling them at higher speeds. In these instances you may have to go over the speed limit to stop them from tailing you. I will pull over in a safe place and allow them to pass. I find telling my passengers when I am in these situations helps. Just letting them know I will slow down as soon as I can get into a slower lanes of traffic or pull over & allow driver to pass.   A driver ...

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    I am assuming you are asking because they are travellingvat a high rate of speed. Plain and simple "Can you please slow down I am not comfortable at the speed your travelling". If they continue to drive over speed limit ask them to pull over at a safe place and let you out. Report to Uber they will refund you. As a driver I set my cruise contol but there are times on a major highway where the flow of traffic is doing more than the speed limit so there are times you may have to go over. Sometimes on dark less travelled roads you have the locals riding your ass because they are used to travelling them at higher speeds. In these instances you may have to go over the speed limit to stop them from tailing you. I will pull over in a safe place and allow them to pass. I find telling my passengers when I am in these situations helps. Just letting them know I will slow down as soon as I can get into a slower lanes of traffic or pull over & allow driver to pass.   A driver shouldn't be going over the speed limit by more than 5/10mph and should get into a slower lane of traffic. You should ask a driver to slow down if they are driving at high rates of speed or erratically. If they dont slow down again ask them to pull over in a safe place. If they refuse and you are in a safe place cancel the trip they will pull over then trust me. Anytime you feel uncomfortable or feel something isnt right trust your instincts. Better to be safe then sorry. There are safety features in your app to contact 911 also.

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    TheoDore
    6 Rider
     4 months ago

    Scream, cower, put your hands up to protect your face...whatever it takes to hint to the drivers that you are fearing for your life.

    Occasional pointing at an obstacle and yelling, "WATCH OUT!!!" is always effective.

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    MGinsberg
    11
     4 months ago

    I remember how cabbies used to drive super fast, and I used to think that's because they are trying to get as many rides as possible.  Does that happen with Uber drivers too?  I assume yes?

    If the driver is going over the speed limit, just ask politely, and if he doesn't, just lower the rating.  Worst case, just cancel the ride and get off.  You can always grab another ride. Maybe report it to Uber so you get a refund.

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      T-RabitDriven
      219 Driver
       4 months ago

      I was trying to come up with a counter argument, but I think you are right. It's in their best interest to speed. 

      With that said, I've been driving for many years, and, I hope I speak for the most of us, we usually mellow out after a while. I mean, we drive every day for hours on end. Every driver eventually figures out to slow down and not stress about weaving, or risking lives, or being pulled over. 

      "We get there when we get there" attitude.

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    MMorriSS
    49 Rider
     4 months ago

    Ooooh, great question.  Does anyone have a good suggestion?  maybe drivers can answer this one?

    Remember, the keyword is "politely", and don't tell me you guys don't care.  many drivers hate being criticized for how they drive.

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    blackandyellow
    126
     4 months ago

    LOL is this a real question? Just say "Hey, do you mind slowing down?"

    Man, people are so uptight these days!

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      AKalligon
      OP 47
       4 months ago

      The keyword is “politely.”

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        blackandyellow
        126
         4 months ago

        Have we really all become such snowflakes that we cannot even tell a person driving US somewhere to slow down without fear for upsetting them?!

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    MattC
    44 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    Was the driver speeding or you are just uncomfortable going 65/70mph? If driver is doing speed limit you cant really expect them to slow down. Remember many drivers have experience, know how to be safe on road, drive at their comfortable pace (hopefully doing the speed limit)if that is the case leave them go. You want your driver to be comfortable also as he or she are operating the vehicle. But if speeding just say, Please slow down.  Usually works unless they are not speeding. Also keep in mind sometimes you might need to go over speed limit if traffic is driving at higher speeds.

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      AKalligon
      OP 47
       4 months ago

      Yeah, the premise was supposed to be that the driver was speeding, perhaps weaving down a busy city streets. 

      I feel speeding is a nature that some drivers have and some do not. It almost feels like driver professionalism has nothing to do with it. 

      And it’s not even always about going over the speed limit, it can just be accelerating uncomfortably fast on a side road for example. 

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    Bigfrank
    426 Rider Driver Driver
     4 months ago

     Tell him or her to slow the F%*"k down because I don't want to die today . 

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      AKalligon
      OP 47
       4 months ago

      It’s all about the delivery. “Don’t wanna die today” part will come out slightly funny but with a little sense of realism. I actually think this is a perfect response 

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    JHLong01
    27
     4 months ago

    I say, "Hey, man, thanks, but I am not in a hurry." then maybe add, "can you slow it down a little."

    I am trying to think of how the drivers think.  I guess the most uncomfortable thing is that they maybe a bit embarrassed, but I don't think it's bad as you think.

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    JanMoran
    24
     4 months ago

    I am not a driver so I can't really tell you but I have a feeling many noble drivers will respond with, "All you need to do is to tell us to slow down. We won't mind."

    ...but those are lies!!!  HAHAHAHAHA.  Drivers are the most sensitive people in the world.   and let's look at the reality here. It's easier said than done. It's not exactly a comfortable thing to ask.

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    brownbear
    599 Rider
     4 months ago

    "can you please slow down?"

    Not that hard... You're the customer, you don't need to sugar coat it.

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    CWalcutt75
    252 Driver
     4 months ago

    Driver here.  All you need to do is to ask. 

    Sometimes, we try to go fast in respect to you, because people like to get there sooner than later.  Hence, it's all about the communication.  If you want us to drive leisurely, that's fine. How fast we drive doesn't have much effect on the price as you'd think. (especially with upfront pricing.

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      AKalligon
      47
       4 months ago

      Yes, but the question is more to do with HOW TO ask.

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        MattC
        44 Rider Driver
         4 months ago

        Politely, please slow down.