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New Year's Eve

Driver Guide

With New Year’s Eve and a huge OSU football game on the same day, we want to make sure you’re ready to take advantage of extra big earnings. Read our tips below to maximize your earnings and minimize your stress on the big night.

Highest areas of requests

5pm - Midnight

In addition to high demand around downtown, Short North, and campus expect longer trips from the suburbs areas as riders look to head out, specifically the areas of Upper Arlington/Grandview Heights, Dublin, Polaris, Bethel Rd, and Bexley.

Midnight - 3am

Unlike pre-midnight, mostly all of the requests will come from the downtown, Short North, Campus, German Village, and Grandview area, as riders head home or change venues.


Late Night Rush

While earnings before midnight are big as riders head out to celebrate the new year, the 12am - 3am hours will be the busiest. With an OSU game on the same night, this year is sure to be massive!

Last year, earnings per hour during the 12am - 3am hours were 70% higher than a normal Saturday night!

New Year's Eve


Verify your riders

Lots of people will be looking to get in an Uber on NYE - make sure you confirm your rider by asking for their name and then verifying it with the name in the app. If you do pick up the wrong person, let us know and we’ll help sort it out.

No items left behind

Did someone leave their party favors in your car? Snap a picture of any lost items and get in contact with the rider.

Too much champagne? We can help.

If a rider makes a mess in your car, simply request a cleaning fee and we’ll help you out. You can also prevent wear and tear on your vehicle by bringing cleaning wipes or putting down mats.

Double check your docs

Don't forget all of your important documents like your driver's license, registration, and insurance. Remember—you can always update your documents in your app by going to Account > Documents.

No-wait trip requests

During times of high demand, you may receive a new trip request before you are finished with your current trip.

No need to worry! Once you've accepted the new trip and finished the one you're on, the app will automatically navigate you to your next rider. This helps cut out downtime between trips so that you can spend more time earning.

Other 5-star tips

Check out more tried and true 5 star tips here.

New Year's Eve is an exciting night to drive, we recommend following this guide to help make sure it's extra magical.

Make the most of the night

We’re here to help

New Year’s Eve is a big night and we want to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. For any questions or concerns, contact our in-app help or go to

The perfect 2016 station

Celebrate the start of 2017 by replaying some of the best musical moments from 2016 with this Pandora station.

Have fun!

New Year's Eve is a magical night!

Feel free to get in the spirit by donning your favorite NYE accessories, handing out candy, or putting on a themed Pandora playlist.

Want to share you 2016 Uber highlights? Send us your pictures on social media!

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