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Preparing for your first trip

Tips for new drivers from veteran drivers

Accepting your first ride request as an Uber driver-partner can be nerve-wracking if you don’t know what to expect.

To help you prepare, you can read these tips from your fellow driver-partners on getting ready for your first trip.

"I was nervous at first, but now it's exciting to pick up a passenger, not knowing what their story might be."
- Paige, Uber driver-partner

Get started

Prep your car

Driver-partners recommend, and numerous cities legally require, a mount and charger for your phone. Some partners also ready their car by cleaning it and stocking amenities like mints, water, and tissue.

Review the basics


Read common driver questions about using the app.

Instant Pay

Add Instant Pay to get paid automatically whenever you want.

Driver Destinations

Learn about Driver Destinations, which help you plan your day.

Find help

Open the app and look for the Help tab. That’s where you can go if you ever have questions.

"Every day is different. Always. There's always someone different stepping into your car, and you meet new people every day."
- Dianne, Uber driver-partner

Make the ride enjoyable for you and the rider

To chat or not to chat?

Some riders love to chat, while others enjoy a quiet ride. Drivers say riders usually respond well when the driver greets them at the start of the trip and leaves it to the rider to strike up conversation.

Your music or theirs?

Many drivers play music in their car to make riders feel welcome. Some drivers recommend asking the rider if there's a radio station they prefer or if they'd like to play music from their phone

Now you're ready

Start driving