Sunday, July 29, 2018

Requirements To Be Able To Drive With Uber

Uber Driver Requirements

Driver Age Requirements for Uber

  • 21 Years of age is the legal provision
  • 3 Years of driving experience needed.

More Important Uber Driver Requirements

  • Car insurance for your state must be current and in your name
  • You must have an in-state registered car for driving. The vehicle doesn’t have to be in your name.
  • Your driver’s license must be in-state.
  • Background checks are mandatory.
Background Check Information - conducted by reputable 3rd party company
  • Have a clean driving record for greatest results.
  • Zero accidents with a fatality
  • Zero reckless driving
  • Zero criminal history reports
  • Zero DUI or drug related offenses
  • Zero no insurance charges
  • Zero driving with suspended license charges

Uber Car Requirements

To drive for Uber you will have to have a vehicle that meets Uber car requirements.

UberX vehicle requirements:
  • A sedan with 4 doors. Has to seat up to 4 passengers, not including the driver.
  • 2006 operational vehicle or newer. (Uber’s car year needs vary by city)
  • Vehicle plates registered in-state.
  • Car must qualify in an Uber vehicle inspection.
  • Marked taxi, or salvaged vehicles are not permitted.
  • The car’s registration will have to be current.

How to become an Uber driver

Read the easy  step-by-step guide to becoming an Uber driver here.
Here is a quick summary of the necessary steps:
Step 1. Fill out the simple driver application here.
Step 2. Complete a car inspection to meet Uber requirements.
Step 3. Wait patiently for your background check to clear.
Step 4. Push the Go Online button in the app and start driving.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

My First Fare

Like many drivers, I signed up to make a few extra dollars - just a regular bit of change that I could put aside for Christmas and vacations. Once I realized what I could earn from a few hours work, there was no turning back!
A week after signing up and receiving my trade dress in the mail, I decided to bite the bullet and venture out . I had spent a while getting used to the app, and every time I turned it on I got a ping.... which I always rejected! Now my accept/reject ratio was looking terrible and I needed to get out and make it right. The car was clean and smelled like a summer forest, light rock was playing very low on the radio and I was well-groomed and on my best behavior.

My First Real Ping.

Just around the corner from house I got a ping to an apartment block. I assumed that, like me, all passengers would be stood waiting  for their ride outside of their residence. That turned out to be not the case. I drove into this apartment block and waited for a good 3 minutes, then I drove around the parking lot and came back to the front office, where I waited some more. Eventually I remembered that I could contact the passenger through the app, so I placed the call and was surprised  to hear that she was watching the last 5 minutes of her TV show. The ride was pretty uneventful, lasted about 15 minutes and ended well. However, I learned some important lessons that first trip:
1) Do not be afraid to get out and earn some money
2) If you do not see the passenger where you expect them, give them a call .
3) Not every passenger tips.
I picked up another 4 passengers that day, and realized that a few hours had earned me enough to treat my wife to a take out and a bottle of wine.  However, I did not like that my faily-time was being impacted, so I got to thinking about ways that driving for Uber could be worked into my schedule.