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Jump: Uber Bikeshare Service Launches in Germany

 

It is no news that Uber has experienced push-back in most European cities. The company has encountered protests from traditional taxi drivers in countries like France, Denmark, Germany and Italy. In some cases, the rideshare giant had to pull its services out of countries like Bulgaria and Denmark.

Now, it seems Uber is trying to make its way into the good graces of European cities. Uber will be launching its newly acquired bike sharing service, Jump in Europe starting with Germany. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made this announcement during a conference in Berlin where he stated,” “I want this to signal a deep commitment to Germany”. Uber Bikeshare

 

More about Uber’s acquisition of bikeshare service Jump

Uber acquired bike sharing service Jump in April 2018. Techcrunch reported that details of the acquisition were shrouded in secrecy but the final sale price was close to the tune of $200 million. While explaining reasons for the sale, Techcrucnch also reported that Jump CEO, Ryan Rzepecki stated that both companies (Uber and Jump) shared similar visions and goals. The sale will help Jump attain the company’s vision quicker and at a more global scale.

Although Jump’s employee will be joining Uber, the company will function independently as a subsidiary. Jump’s red bikes are a popular fixture in cities like Washington and San Francisco. They can also be found in campuses and corporations. Now, the bikeshare service will be reaching its goal of spreading to Europe.

 

Uber bikeshare service in Germany

According to Verge, Khosrowshahi announced plans to roll out electric bike rentals in Berlin by the end of the summer, with more European cities to come. These electrically assisted red bikes will provide riders with a cheap and convenient way to ride.

 

Conclusion

The Uber bikeshare launch in Germany is hardly a novelty as the country is already saturated with other bike share services like nextbike, Mobike and ofo. However, this is good news for consumers who now have different services to choose from. Also, competition will invariably lead to cheaper prices for riders. It’s good to see Uber making steps to regain lost territories.

 

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All About Uber Debit Card Reward Program

 

Driving with Uber is one way you can earn more money.  It affords flexible hours and a chance to make good money on your own schedule. Uber drivers are matched with passengers once requests are placed. Payments for rides are effected in-app in most cities. Uber also accepts cash payments in specific cities like India, Lagos, Nairobi and many others. As an Uber driver, your final pay at the end of the day depends on the following factors:

  • Trip fare – This is calculated based on the time and distance of the trip
  • Commission – How much commission Uber takes off each ride fare
  • Booking fee – Uber collects this from the rider on your behalf. This is used to cover the costs of insurance and safety features. It doesn’t affect your fare
  • Tolls – If you had to pay toll at any point during the ride.

Your earning per ride = Trip fare + Tolls.

Uber drivers are paid either via direct deposits to their banks accounts weekly or through the Uber Instant Pay option that allows drivers cash out up to 5 times a day. However, you are charged $0.50 for every time you cash out. Also, every Mastercard, Visa or Discover U.S. debit cards associated with traditional checking and savings accounts are accepted when you use them on Instant Pay.

Another option for cashing out with Uber instant pay is by using the Uber debit card. The Uber debit card links to a business account setup through Uber’s partnership with GoBank. Cashing out with the Uber debit card does not incur a $0.50 fee; however, it involves all of the responsibilities that come with having a checking account. Uber Debit Card

 

More About the Uber debit Card

The use of Uber debit cards is not limited to Uber drivers alone. UberEats drivers and other Uber delivery drivers can make use of this debit card. Now, drivers stand the chance to get discounts and cash-back rewards. You stand to gain 3% cash back at Exxon and Mobil gas stations, 1.5 percent at some other gas stations, 8% cash Back on Sprint monthly services payments and purchases at Sprint corporate retail stores or online, 2% Cash Back at Walmart and so much more. Visit here to see all participating merchants.

According to Uber, You must enroll in the Rewards Program before you can participate in the Cash Back Program.  You will earn cash back on qualifying purchases made with your Uber Debit Card.

To sign up for a new card

  • Login to the driver app
  • Go to the Rating tab
  • Tap Driving Rewards
  • Select Uber Visa Debit Card
  • Signup then wait to receive your card

For existing card holders

  • Login into your GoBank account
  • Accept the new terms and conditions either online or via the GoBank app.

 

Please note only the use of your Debit Card or Card number to purchase goods or services is a qualifying purchase for the Cash Back Program.

Conclusion

Uber drivers operate as independent contractors and hence, do not enjoy employee benefits. This reward program will go a long way in reducing drivers’ operational expenses So far, there are no draw backs to the program. However, if the cash back percentages can be increased, drivers will be able to save more without expending all their earnings on expenses incurred while driving.

 

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Uber Services: All About UberHIRE

 

By disrupting the global transportation sector, Uber introduced a simpler way to commute without the hassles of traditional taxi hailing. There is a reason why the rideshare behemoth continues to dominate the transportation industry; and this is not just because it’s a pioneer in the rideshare industry or the impressive number of drivers signed up under the Uber service.

Uber boasts a plethora of services that not only carters to different segments of the society but also to unique needs. The UberX, UberXL, UberPOOl and the UberBLACK (to mention a few) are some of the Uber’s services designed to meet different needs. Uber remains a force to be reckoned with due to its continuous ability to evolve while introducing new variants of rideshare.

Now, Uber has introduced a new service called UberHIRE in a few select cities like Dubai and India. This service is a first in rideshare,  designed to meet the needs of people who want to use the service like it’s a personal car. This service is an extended trip option designed to meet your personal or travel needs for a day. UberHIRE

 

So what is UberHIRE?

According to Uber, “UberHIRE is a time-based service that allows you to request an Uber and keep it with you, for multiple stops.” This service allows you to request a car on-demand for 3 hours extending all the way up to 8 hours. Unfortunately, you can’t schedule this service yet as it is only available on demand for now.

 

How does it Work?

With UberHIRE, you can meet up with back to back meetings, run personal errands throughout the day, great for inter-city business travel and so much more. The service will also match you with drivers that have high ratings and use newer car models. To use the service, you will be required to pay a minimum fare that will last you the first 3 hours, then you will be charged a per minute or distance fare. The great news is that there is no dynamic pricing with UberHIRE.

 

To request:

  • Open your Uber app
  • Scroll to the UberHIRE view, set your pickup location and request your ride
  • You will see your driver’s details along with the details of the car
  • At the end of your trip, your total fare will be calculated based on the distance and duration of your trip
    • A helpful tip is to Input all of your planned destinations in advance. You can always update your stops during the trip
    • Agree with the driver on where the meet-up point will be
    • Collect your driver’s phone number

 

Fare

In India, you will be required to pay a minimum fare of Rs.749 in cash to the driver at the start of your trip. This minimum fare covers the first 3 hours. You will then be charged a per-minute fare of Rs.3 after the first 3 hours have been exhausted.

In Dubai, you will be charged to pay a minimum fare of AED 300 at the start of your trip. This minimum fare covers the first 3 hours. You will be charged a per-minute fare of AED 1.67 after the first 3 hours have been exhausted.

 

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Uber Markets: Tips for Driving in a Mid-size Market

 

Driving with Uber is a great way to make flexible income. You dictate your own hours, choose the Uber service that bests suits you, and earn money on the go. In whatever Uber city you choose to operate in, you can be successful. Many argue that driving in a small – midsize market is not profitable for many reasons that range from stiff competition with other Uber drivers to less ride requests. You should know that these challenges are not peculiar to small or mid-size markets. Large Uber markets also face these challenges.

As an Uber driver, driving in mid-sized Uber markets come with their own share of challenges but this doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. In this post, we will review tips to help you be successful in a midsize market.

 

Tips for driving in mid-sized Uber Markets

 

Take on other driving gigs

This tip is crucial. During lulls while working, you can switch to doing fast deliveries for restaurants or even delivery companies. Ubereats is a great example. You can also sign up to deliver for Amazon Flex, Postmate and Grubhub. These are great avenues to also earn money on the go. Uber Markets

 

Learn about your city and routes

It is expected that as an Uber driver, you should have great knowledge of the routes in your city without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must-have for every Uber driver. This way, you do not spend valuable time in traffic when you should be accepting and undertaking other ride requests. Take the time to learn about alleyways and shortcuts around busy areas. This way, even if you get into traffic, you know how to get out of it fast.

 

Research big events dates

You do not want to miss out on these events as they are prime money making days. Learn the dates for big concerts and events at the stadiums, huge conferences and sync your calendar with these dates. During these events, you can make multiple drop offs and earn good money. Church days are also great days for making money. Find the big churches in your city and always position yourself to pick up congregants at the end of the church service. Universities and business districts are also prime spots to find passengers who require your service.

 

Be strategic about your hours

It will be unwise to spend all your time on the road even during slow days. You will end up burning your fuel and putting your vehicle through stress. This will only help you incur unwanted expenses. If driving for Uber is a part time gig for you, then you should maximize your hours. Learn the best days to earn money. For some cities it could be the weekend; while for some others it could be the morning or evening of weekdays. Find out the best days to earn money and stick to it.

 

Above all, keep track of your earnings and expenses

As an Uber driver, you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and other maintenance related expenses. This is why you have to track your earnings and expenses. This way, you get to know if your daily hours are worth it compared to your expenses. You will also have to decide if to work more hours or not. Learn how to cut your expenses as well so you don’t spend all your earnings on driving related expenses.

 

 

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Our Favorite Uber Driver App Features

 

Uber hasn’t always enjoyed a great relationship with its drivers in the past. Drivers have staged protests in various cities, protesting perceived injustices like rate cuts. In the last few years, Uber has been rocked with various scandals that saw the resignation of its previous CEO, Travis Kalanick. In a stunning about face, the company changed its focus to its drivers. To help improve driver experience, Uber introduced the Uber 180 Days of Change program in 2017. The rideshare giant introduced many new Uber driver app features including friendlier acceptance rate policy, setting arrival times, 6 driver destination filters per day, phone support and many more. Uber Driver App

In this post, we will review our favorite Uber driver app features

 

Our Favorite Uber Driver App Features

 

The Driver Profile

I love this feature because it allows riders learn more about their drivers. This feature will allow Uber drivers build a profile that will publicly display personal details about themselves in-app for riders to see. These details include previous compliments given to you by riders, your hobbies, how long you have been on the platform, how many trips you have taken and so many more.

 

Real Time Earnings Tracker

Track your earnings in real time right from the app with this feature. Once you sign into the Uber driver app, the real time earnings tracker sits at the top of the screen of the Uber driver app. See how much you have earned at a glance as the feature gets updated after every trip.

 

Uber Long Trip Notification Feature

Now with the Long trip notification feature, Uber will provide a notification on the driver’s accept screen any time there is a long trip. Although long trips are a plus for drivers since it means more money, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, drivers do not want to take long trips either because they are rounding off for the day or simply not in the mood. When you receive a new trip request, your Uber Driver app will notify you if the estimated trip duration is a long one, so you have the flexibility of planning your time in advance.

Just below the estimated time to arrive at the rider’s pick-up location, you will see a [Long Trip] notification if the estimated trip duration is going to be a long one. Uber will indicate the estimated minutes or hours it will take to complete the trip. If the trip will last about an hour, the Uber app will display 40 minutes – 1 hour. This will help the driver know if to accept the request or decline.

Please note that rejecting a long trip will not attract any penalties.

 

Uber Phone Support

Now, Uber drivers can contact Uber by phone whenever they need help or have a question about driving with Uber. According to Uber, “We’ve heard from driver-partners everywhere that you’d like the option of contacting us by phone… We want to be there for you—whether you’re on the road or off. So thanks to your feedback, we’re introducing 24/7 phone support” the company stated on its website.

The 24/7 phone support is available within the Uber Driver app. It connects drivers with a live support agent within minutes and issues are quickly resolved.

How It Works

  • Open your Uber Driver app
  • Tap Help
  • Tap the blue phone icon
  • Tap Call Support

 

 

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How To Become A Successful Uber Driver

 

The advent of Uber has precipitated an avalanche of mixed reactions in various industries. The transport industry for instance has witnessed an influx of varying models of rideshare. People have become empowered by signing up as rideshare drivers. In Egypt, it is recorded that the number of driver-partners added to the platform had increased to about 2,000 weekly. Successful Uber drivers are emerging and growing.

If you have a car registered on the Uber platform as a driver, you get to drive on your own schedule and be your own boss. It is safe to say that Uber has empowered people who are interested in partnering with the rideshare giant in various markets. On the other hand, residents can now ride in comfort at affordable rates induced by fair competition between rideshare companies. To become a successful Uber driver is not a given. It takes self-will and working smart.

In this post, we will review some tips to help you become a successful Uber driver.

 

  1. Drive efficiently Successful Uber Driver

This is very important especially in busy markets. It is expected that as an Uber driver, you should have great knowledge of the routes in your city without relying a great deal on maps. Maps are not always accurate and you can spend valuable time trying to navigate out of a way one way street. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions (not from your passenger so you don’t appear inefficient). Also learn to do a quick research of your destination by looking at Google maps or your Waze app. This way you can anticipate what streets to avoid. Learn to use U-Turns rather than driving various blocks to find the right street. Remember time is money and any successful Uber driver should maximize it.

 

  1. Drive carefully but smartly

Speeding through traffic can make you vulnerable to road accidents. Speeding can also make your passenger annoyed and give you low ratings. It’s also important to drive within the speed limit to prevent attracting speeding tickets. To be a successful Uber driver, you have to limit your expenses and paying fines and car repairs will only cut into your earnings.

 

  1. Take advantage of weekdays

I know most Uber drivers believe they make more money during the weekend but this shouldn’t always be the case. Weekdays can be an avenue for earning good money if you know what you are doing. Mornings of weekdays means driving people to work and the evenings for driving passengers from work. Position yourself in locations where people don’t mind riding an Uber to work. In between the morning and evenings, you can also position yourself in busy areas and business districts so you can drive those attending meetings. Just don’t overlook any day.

 

  1. Offer great customer service

When you are polite to your customers, you not only get tips but you just might snag 5 star ratings which are always a good thing.

 

  1. Know when to take a rest

I understand the need to put in long hours so as to earn a lot of money. However, it is important to get adequate rest and also know when to take a break. There is no point tasking yourself till you breakdown. When you are ill, this means you can’t drive or earn money.

 

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Uber in Vienna Resumes Operations

 

After going on a 2 day suspension, Uber has resumed operations in Vienna. The ridehailing firm was issued an injunction on the 26th of April, 2017 to suspend operations until “until it could ensure orders for rides were booked centrally rather than directly with a driver and that cars would have to be sent from company premises and return between rides” Reuters reported.

This was as a result of a law suit between Uber in Vienna and a local taxi firm Taxi 40100, one of the many taxi firms in Europe displeased with Uber’s mode of operation in the city. It is believed that Uber enjoys unfair advantages over other taxi companies and its process of engaging drivers are lax at best. Uber in Vienna

 

Uber’s many challenges in Europe and beyond

This isn’t the first time Uber will be facing sanctions or obstacles in various markets. In France for example, an anti-uber protest against Uber quickly escalated into guerrilla warfare with local taxis as some Uber drivers saw their cabs damaged or even set on fire. In 2016, Lisbon taxi drivers staged protests that resulted in traffic gridlock in the city. Local taxi operators were unhappy that rideshare companies like Uber were exempt from certain transport regulations.

In Austin, the issue of finger-printing drivers prompted Uber to halt its operations in Austin, Texas. Uber argued that requiring drivers to be fingerprinted as part of criminal background checks would hamper their seamless registration process.

 

New Management, New Strategy?

Sanctions and injunctions are not new to Uber. However, Uber in Vienna seemed to surmount this present hurdle in record time as the company resumed operations in the city just after 2 days. It seems Uber’s mode of operation under new CEO; Dara Khosrowshahi is open to dialogue with government and abiding by court regulations. The rideshare giant’s Austrian arm issued a statement saying “It is very important to us to do the right thing. That’s why we’ve worked hard over the last few days to adjust our processes.”

We hope this stance will be adopted not only in Europe but in other Uber markets around the world.

 

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How To Become an Uber Driver in Vienna

 

Do you want to become an Uber driver in Vienna? This post is for you. Driving with Uber is one way to earn additional income.  It affords flexible hours and a chance to make good money on your own schedule. Follow the steps below and you will be well on your way to become an Uber driver in Vienna, Austria.

 

The ‘Age-Factor’

Before you can drive with Uber in Vienna, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To join Uber as a driver in Vienna, you have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfill the steps listed below:

 

  • Must have a photo (clear headshot)
  • Drivers must provide a valid driver’s license
  • You (driver) must be the holder of the above, or at least a listed driver
  • Must have 3 years of driving experience
  • Documents must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • Drivers must pass a screening process
  • Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  • At some point during registration, you would also have to take your car through vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto shop or Uber activation centre in your area
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use).
  • No taxis, government cars or other cars with badges are allowed.

 

Note-It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup pageBecome an Uber Driver in Vienna

 

STEP 2 – Signup

After you have gathered these documents and met the above requirements, you can move to the next step which is to signup online. The documents that you have gathered are what you would have to submit online. You can go here to sign up with our special referral link. This link redirects to the Uber official signup page.

 

STEP 3 – Uber Background Check and On-Boarding Process

Uber will typically take between 2 to 4 weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically, they will take the documents provided by the intending drivers in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Comprehensive Criminal Background Check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked for any reason).

Subsequently, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. You can prepare for this by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. It is expected that as an aspiring Uber driver in Vienna, you should have great knowledge of the routes in Vienna without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending Uber driver. After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. You should decide on which of the services you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information. Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt). There might be some extra requirements (besides the general) depending on the type of Uber service you choose. Your vehicle must be from the year 2002 or newer to become an Uber driver in Vienna.

 

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Selecting an Uber service is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. For Uber drivers in Vienna, the services available are the non-commercial UberX, and the commercial UberBLACK and UberVan.

UberX is the mid-tier priced Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with.

UberBLACK is the most expensive and classiest service with black high-end vehicles. This Uber service uses professional drivers who have ratings from 4.75 and above. The UberVAN service also uses professional drivers with high end black vans and SUVs that can accommodate over 4 passengers at the same time.

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, it’s not a problem. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirements of your selected service should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Vienna. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably carry out if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber car through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you begin the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

STEP 5 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber driver application installed on it to give you access to Uber riders. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, that is perfectly fine. You can read more on how to download the Uber driver app here

Become an Uber Driver in Vienna

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber driver in Vienna, it is important to know that you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, Uber royalties and other maintenance related expenses.

 

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That’s all you need to know to become an Uber driver in Vienna.

 

 

 

 

 

Drive With Uber In Salt Lake City

 

Driving with Uber is one of the gateways to financial stability. To become an Uber driver in Salt Lake City, Utah is not a complicated process. This post will relay a step by step process for enrolling on the Uber platform to drive with Uber in Salt Lake City.

 

Drive With Uber In Salt Lake City

The ‘Age-Factor’

Before you can drive with Uber in Salt Lake City, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To drive with Uber in Salt Lake City, you have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfil the steps listed below:

 

  • Must have a photo (clear headshot)
  • Drivers must provide valid Utah driver’s license
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • Uber in Salt Lake City accepts both official and temporary registration documents
  • The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify
  • Documents must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • Drivers must pass a screening process
  • Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  • At some point during registration, you would also have to take your car through vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto shop or Uber activation centre in your area
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
  • Utah Ubers drivers must display Uber Decals on their windshields while making airport runs

 

Note-It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.

 

STEP 2 – Signup

After you have gathered these documents and met the above requirements, you can move to the next step which is to signup online. The documents that you have gathered are what you would have to submit online. You can go here to sign up with our special referral link. This link redirects to the Uber official signup page.

Uber in Salt Lake City

 

STEP 3 – Uber Background Check and On-Boarding Process

Uber will typically take between 2 to 4 weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically, they will take the documents provided by the intending drivers in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Comprehensive Criminal Background Check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked for any reason).

Subsequently, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. You can prepare for this by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. It is expected that as an aspiring driver for Uber in Salt Lake City, you should have great knowledge of the routes in Salt Lake City without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending Uber driver. After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some on-boarding sessions.

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. You should decide which of the services you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information. Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt). There might be some extra requirements (besides the general) depending on the type of Uber service you choose. Your vehicle must be from the year 2003 or newer. Vehicles must have no commercial branding and must pass vehicle inspection tests.

 

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Selecting an Uber service is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. The Uber services available in Salt Lake City are the non-commercial UberX, UberXL, UberSELECT and the commercial UberLUX XL.

 

UberX is the mid-tier priced Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with. UberXL is the 6 passenger version of UberX. It is dominated by inexpensive but nice vehicles that can carry more passengers than the UberX. You can say it is the larger version of the UberX service. Riders who request this service would typically be picked up in vehicles like these: Honda pilot, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Dodge Gran.

UberSELECT vehicles are classy mid-tier level luxury cars (but not as nice as UberBLACK vehicles). Drivers in this service have ratings of 4.75 and above. The UberLUX XL service utilizes only high-end black SUVs that seats at least 6 people. All cars under this service must have black interiors and black leather or vinyl seats.

 

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, it’s not a problem. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirements of your selected service should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Salt Lake City. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably carry out if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber Car through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you begin the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

 

STEP 5 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber driver application installed on it to give you access to Uber riders. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, that is perfectly fine. You can read more on how to download the Uber driver app here

 

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber driver in Salt Lake City, it is important to know that you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, Uber royalties and other maintenance related expenses.

 

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That’s all you need to know about becoming an Uber driver in Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

Why Uber Drivers Should Use GPS

 

It is expected that as an aspiring or existing Uber driver, you should have great knowledge of the routes in your city without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending and existing Uber driver. However, your knowledge of routes in your city has limitations and this is why Uber drivers should use GPS.

 

Why Uber drivers should use GPS

Using GPS as an Uber driver is very important; perhaps as important as having a working vehicle.

  • Every Uber driver is supposed to have a GPS enabled phone. Please avoid using low cost phones that are bound to have internet and GPS connectivity issues. When driving a passenger, it is unprofessional to keep asking your rider for directions. Disturbing your passenger for directions can make your customer irate and possibly cause tension between the both of you. This is a primary reason why Uber drivers should use GPS.

Research the right phone to use and place priority on connectivity while choosing a phone to use for your Uber business. Use GPS

 

  • Make sure your phone is mounted during the trip. A phone mount is a must-have for all Uber drivers. It is dangerous to have your phone in your hand while navigating the streets. Your phone should be positioned properly at eye level so you can glance at it quickly during the trip.

See our post here for the best phone mounts for Uber drivers.

 

The Uber driver app has in-built GPS navigation. However, you can also use third party navigation apps like Google maps or Waze when driving for Uber . You are at liberty to choose the navigation app you are most comfortable with while driving.

To switch navigation apps from Uber driver app to a third party app, follow the simple steps below:

1. Select account from your Uber app menu.
2. Click on settings.
3. Choose Navigation and then make changes.

If you decide to choose a third party app as your preferred navigation, select the NAVIGATE button during a trip. This will immediately switch from Uber navigation to your preferred navigation

To switch back to Uber navigation, simply click the banner at the top of the screen.

 

Conclusion

Using GPS should be like second nature to an Uber driver. If you don’t have adequate knowledge of the routes in your city, it is important to master how the GPS works. As you progress further as an Uber driver, you will begin to have proper mastery of the roads and with the help of the GPS, know the best routes to take.

An inefficient driver will only attract poor ratings from passengers. All Uber drivers should endeavor to use GPS while driving.

 

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