Rideshare etiquette

2015 Toyota Camry
My 2015 Toyota Camry

Rideshare etiquette is a topic which needs to be addressed because people have widely varying standards in their own lives. There is a lot of good information out there for passengers, but drivers need to mind their manners too.

Passengers:

If you live in a high rise, don’t wait until after you see me arrive to leave your apartment. For one thing, the app often has our location wrong. When it tells you we have arrived, we may have already been there for several minutes! To be courteous to your driver and other people who need to use the pickup/valet area: don’t even request your ride until you’re out of the elevator. This is especially true if you’re ordering a shared ride. High-rise buildings typically have nice lounge areas on the ground floor, so it’s not like you have to wait outside in the weather. It can take quite a while to get to the ground floor from an upper floor on a busy day when the elevator stops at multiple floors on the way down, and meanwhile, the cars pile up outside at the entrance.

I could not write a better post than these, so I’m providing links below to the best two that I found:

Rideshare Etiquette: 10 Modern Manners

Rideshare Etiquette: 7 Things Your Rideshare Driver Wants You to Know

Drivers:

  1.  Providing a safe ride from point A to point B is what the job is all about – offering chargers, candy, water, and other amenities are nice – but the ride is the most important thing.
  2. If your passenger is not waiting upon your arrival, attempt to contact them before the timer runs out. It is rude to just sit there and wait until the timer runs out so that you can collect the no-show fee – and there is also a chance you’re in the wrong spot, too, since GPS programs notoriously send us to back doors and back alleys like some taxi driver’s revenge joke.
  3. Abuse from passengers is unacceptable, and you have the right to pull over into a safe location and terminate the ride if and when someone behaves in a manner that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
  4. Remember: this is your car, not the passenger’s and unless you’re renting or leasing, everything about this car is your responsibility – any damage that legitimately results from a passenger should be reported and dealt with as appropriate. However, false claims are reprehensible, and if you get caught making them, you deserve to face the consequences.

I will probably revisit this topic at a later date, and may edit this post too… but I really think that people fail to use common sense sometimes when it comes to copping a ride in someone else’s car. What about you? Are you a rideshare driver? Do you use Uber and Lyft? Tell me in the comments below what it is that you think people need to keep in mind!

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