Nobody Puts Uber in the Corner

Today we are going to talk about the proper behavior when it comes to using Uber. Now, I realize that although I think I am S.A.D (Super Awesome Driver), there could be things that I might do while driving that might rub people the wrong way. There are also things that I have seen from riders, that I would like to share so that you do not upset your driver when you decide to use Uber. So, with that said, I would like you all to join along with me and recite the Uber Pledges. You will need to pull out your cell phone, open the Uber App, raise you right hand, place you left hand on your phone and repeat after me – I will start with the Rider pledge:

I, “insert fake name here”, do solemnly swear to when taking an Uber, I will abide by these rules.

  1. I will be ready for when the driver arrives, not making him/her wait any longer than what is necessary. And if you are running late, contact the driver to let them know. Don’t make them guess if you are coming out or not.
  2. I will not cancel my ready when driver is almost there. You know roughly how far away the driver is when choose for the ride. Don’t make the driver come all the way to get you, just to have you cancel on them right before they are about to arrive.
  3. Give your driver a good rating when deserved. There is no reason not to. It only takes a few seconds and the driver will be very appreciative. Along with that, if you give a bad rating, leave a comment as to what the issues is. Otherwise, I are we, as driver supposed to learn.
  4. Do not make a mess in the car. If you bring in say a drink or a snack, that’s fine. Just make sure you leave with the can/bottle and wrapper when you leave. The Uber car is not a trash can.
  5. And Finally and maybe most important, DO NOT throw up in the Uber driver’s car. Sure, a lot of the people who use Uber are those that did drink too much and can’t drive home, which is fine. In fact, it’s great that you are that responsible and know that you are not in a condition to drive. If you do find yourself in the back of an Uber, or hell, anyone’s car for that matter, and you feel like you are going to get sick – SAY SOMETHING. I am sure the driver would rather pull over so you can get sick outside the car then have you vomit all over the back seat.

Now, time for the Drivers Pledge:

I, S.A.D – Kevin, do solemnly swear to when driving for Uber I will abide by these rules.

  1. I will not start the trip until you are in the car. Granted I would only make some extra change by doing it, it is still polite to just wait until the rider is exactly in the car.
  2. I will not try to kiss your ass just to get a better rating. If you would like to make conversation, then I am more the willing to talk, but I will not force the conversation, just to see if you will give me a 5 star rating.
  3. I will not flirt with the passengers. First of all, if I did, my wife would probably kill me, but secondly it is just plain creepy.
  4. I will make it a point to dress reasonably well. Now, I might not wear a spiffy tie like our friend in the photo, but I promise not to go out wearing gym shorts and some beat up old t-shirt.
  5. I will do my best to make sure that my car is clean and odor friendly. Meaning, I will not bring smelly foods into my car and if by some chance, if I feel the need to “toot”, I will not do so in the car.

So, if both the Uber Rider and Driver can stick to these 5 rules, no one will have to Put Uber in the Corner.

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July.  Remember though, if you do drink too much this weekend, Uber is only a click away.  And if you are new to Uber, your first ride is on me – just use this code:  kevind21432ue

 

Photography by Suzanne Drake

 

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5 Card Uber

Let me introduce you to a new game I came up with the other weekend.  Not really sure what to call it yet but for now, let’s just call it 5 Card Uber since I cant think of anything better and Crazy Ubers might scare some people off.

It was 2 Sundays ago and most of the family had gotten up earlier than normal.  Reason for the early wake-up call was that 3 of us (me, my wife and my youngest daughter) were working for a Run Lehigh Valley 5K race at Dorney Park.  We all had to get up between 5 and 6 am to make sure we were there on time.   We were done with the race around 10-10:30 am and headed home.  My oldest daughter had to work from 12 to 4 pm so while we waited for her to get done, we all just tried to get stuff done around the house.  I had just gotten done cutting the lawn and went out to run an errand and knew no one was going to want to cook dinner.  That is when the light bulb went off.

I had gotten the idea from a saying I first heard from my father-in-law when we were out fishing one time.   He said, we whatever we catch is what we are going to eat for dinner.  If we don’t catch anything, then we don’t eat.  Hey, maybe this will work for Uberring.  It was around 1:30 pm and I decided to give myself 2 hrs to see how much I can make and use that for dinner.  Depending on how much I made, we would either go out to eat, order something in, or if things didn’t go too well,  we would just have have to settle for White Castle or some other cheap fast food place.  So, I get in the car and let the game begin.

It started off quickly.  I had my first ride within the first few minutes, picking someone up near the local high school in Bethlehem (Liberty) and taking them into Allentown.  15 minutes later, I had my first $8 and enough for at least a burger each and fries at the White Castle, although we probably have to share the fries.  I head back to Bethlehem and as soon as I pull into town, I get another ride.  It’s a husband and wife who are heading to the Sands Casino.  We get to talking and I ask the if there were going to gamble or see a show.   Ironically, they tell me, they are going for the Annual Food and Wine Festival.  Was half tempted to ask them to sneak some food out for me, just in case this “game” doesn’t go well.  Since it was a pretty short ride it was only about a $4 fare, but at least now  – Everyone can get their own order of fries.

At this point it is close to 2:30 pm, 1 hour left.  Instead of just driving around looking for a ride, I decide to just park, catch up on emails and Facebook and wait to see if I can get a few more rides before the “buzzer” sounds and the game is over.  I didn’t realize it, but before I know it, 30 mins have past.  Oh Crap.  I decide maybe just sitting there is not going to work out.  I put the car in drive and hope to god that there is someone in need of a ride.

About 10 mins pass and I am getting a little nervous because I REALLY don’t want White Castle.  No offense, to the Castle, but at this age, not sure my stomach can handle it.  A little more time goes by and my hope is dwindling, but low and behold, I get a ping.  My spirits start to pick up, although I try not to get too excited since it could just be another $4 ride.  I start off to pick them up and before I got there I got a call from them.  I am thinking, “Please don’t cancel, Please don’t cancel”.

Turns out they just wanted to stop and get something to eat on the way – WHEW!.  I pick them up but at this point they changed their mind and just want to get back to their car.  They had been at a wedding in Sellersville (about 20-30 min ride) and were just staying in Bethlehem.  I drop them off and eagerly await to see how much the fare was.  As I pull away, the fare shows up and its $21 – WOO-HOO.  No White Castle tonight. Now, it was not enough to go out to eat, but definitely enough to order Chinese.  IMG_6200

Now, I mentioned that I had decided to play this game while I was out running an errand, I failed to mention that I had not told anyone else in the family what I was doing. It is for this reason, that I am extremely grateful to that last ride.  If I had gone home with only $10-$12 for dinner, I don’t think it would have gone over too well.  So, if you ever decide to play 5 Card Uber, make sure you warn you family ahead of time. Oh and maybe bring some Pepto just in case you find yourself with only enough for the Castle.

Photography by Suzanne Drake Photography

Where in the World is Uber San Diego

I think I have mentioned this before, as a driver, when you get a ride, you don’t know where you are going until you pick up a ride.  Then, once they get in the car, you can hit the navigation link and it takes you right to the GPS App on you phone.  I am pretty familiar with the Lehigh Valley, but there is NO WAY, I could drive for Uber if it was not for the GPS option.  Now, that is not to say, the GPS does not have it own issues.

For the most part the GPS has not “steered” me wrong when it came time to drop someone off.   Although, not quite as accurate when picking someone up.  The way it works, is when someone request an Uber, they can either plug in the actual address or, the can select to use their current location.  Then when the Uber driver gets “pinged”, they hit the navigation link (GPS) and it tells there where to go.  That’s when the fun can start.

If someone plugs in the actual address, then it usually works no problem.  When they choose their current location, the GPS can get a little funky.  For example, one time, it told me to pick the person up at 1022 – 1066 Main St.  Way to narrow it down. Its kind of like when the cable company tells you they will be there between 8am and 4pm.   You give a big range so there is less of a chance for error.

There have also been several times, when I got to the address to pick someone up, and the GPS would tell me to pick the person up in the alley behind there house.  Reason this happens is the person requesting the ride was standing in the kitchen or some other room that was towards the back of the house, so the GPS sends you to the closest road to where they were when they requested a ride. Took me about 3 or 4 rides like this before I realized what was going on.  Now, when this happens, I make it a point to stop near the front of the house and then contact the rider to see where they needed to get picked up.

Then there are issues like yesterday when I was driving home from work.  I decided to turn the app on to see if I can get a ride on the way back..  I get pinged and I made the mistake of just accepting it, without really looking at the address.  I hit the navigation link and was on my way following the turn by turn instructions of my handy dandy GPS.  It was not until I was about 2 mins away that I realized the GPS was telling me to pick the person up ON the highway.  At first I thought, OK maybe the person broke down and needed a ride, but as I approached the pick-up location, there are no cars parked on the side of the road.  Turns out the person was in an office building where certain parts of the building were close to the highway.  Apparently the person was in the part of the building close to the highway when the requested the ride.

So the moral of this story is: If you request an Uber and choose “your current location”, if the driver is late, instead of wondering Where in the World is Uber San Diego, just think to yourself, where you were when you requested the ride.

Thanks – Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend.