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