A lot of new drivers and people who are thinking about becoming a driver wonder if they can have a friend or family member ride along with them while they drive. I recorded a video answer to this question, so check it out below to see my answer.
You might be thinking this is a silly question, but a lot of new drivers ask me this!
I find that a lot of drivers getting started have someone else ride with them when they shouldn’t be. You could end up facing consequences from Uber if you get reported by passengers. Getting deactivated is a pretty big consequences so I definitely thought it would be good to clear things up.
Having someone ride along for company, or safety
I normally get this question from females who say, “I don’t feel safe driving at night, can my boyfriend or can my husband ride with me either for the first few rides, get used to things?”
I’m a big 6′ 3″ male so I rarely have those types of fears, but I can definitely imagine the perspective of a woman who’s coming on to the platform or even people in general. When you’re new, it’s perfectly normal to think, “Hey I’m picking up these strangers, I’m a little nervous. Can I have someone ride with me to kind of ease into things?”
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It’s not allowed! You will be deactivated if a rider reports you
You are not allowed to drive with someone you know up front as a non-paying passenger. Some drivers still do it, and I know one of my friends that was an Uber driver, he actually signed up his wife and he did the first few rides with her just so she could get the ropes. They both told other passengers, “Hey, this is a new driver, I’m going to be riding with her just to make sure. Is that cool with you?” They made sure that they’re okay with it. You do risk getting in warned or even deactivated, so I really don’t recommend it.
Worried about safety? Don’t do your first shift on a weekend night
Let’s say you’re a brand new driver and you’re going to go out Saturday night and you’re worried about the safety issues. It’s probably not the best idea to start on a Saturday night. Instead, start on a Tuesday afternoon when request volume is going to be very low. You’ll feel a lot safer in broad daylight.
I think that’s the smartest move is to ease into the job when you feel safest. The clientele is very different from nighttime to daytime, and you do hear about nighttime incidents from time to time. They’re very rare, but often alcohol is involved. I can’t imagine too many people are going to be wasted on a Tuesday afternoon at 3 P.M!
I don’t think it’s a good idea to have someone come in with you on those first few rides. Look for other times that are going to make you more comfortable.
My friend had his wife ride along, here’s what happened
I actually can tell you a quick story about my buddy. He signed up to drive last year in San Diego, and on his first weekend he drove Comic-Con, a huge convention. He actually had his wife in the front seat for every single ride. He didn’t even realize that was against the rules, and he ended up making a total killing.
It was fun for him to have his wife in the front seat, and he was picking up a ton of interesting people at Comic-Con, because everyone’s dressed up in costumes.
I asked him, “What would happen if you ever get four passengers?” He said, “On one request I got four passengers and just made them all squeeze in the back.” He ended the weekend with a 4.9 rating.
Riding with someone else can definitely can be done, but I think my friend got lucky. I get e-mails from drivers who say, “Hey, I was riding with my kid or I had my boyfriend or my girlfriend. I had to drop them off while I was driving for Uber!”
In that situation, just don’t drive. Don’t accepted a passenger while you’re taking care of your business. A lot of drivers get busted not by passengers who report them, but by Uber employees who are taking rides as passengers. If you get an Uber employee as a passenger and you have your wife sitting in the front seat you can pretty much guarantee yourself a deactivation.
That’s my advice, and if you have any questions, leave a comment, like the video, share it, and shoot me an e-mail if you need anything else.
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