*Ride share, the new form of transportation, has no doubt changed the infrastructure of how we move around the city. Riders are elated that they can now order a car by clicking on an app, ride in relative peace and comfort, and know that the simple act of sitting down won’t cost them $4.65.
But unfortunately, as is the case with anything that humans touch, if they can take advantage, they will. You have riders making demands, abusing property, and being downright careless when it comes to being transported. They seem to believe the absence of a scratched up sliding glass partition or the absent smell of stale cigarettes in the air gives them the right to certain privileges they would never expect from a taxi.
I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong.
Here’s six things that do nothing but piss a ride share driver off and make the ride less pleasant.
The second you get into a car, don’t ask the driver to change the channel, turn the music down, or cut the radio off.
This is the drivers car. Not yours. They signed up to transport you safely from one destination to another; of course they aim to do this professionally, in a way that is comfortable to everyone involved.
Give him or her time to acclimate to the fact that someone just got into the car. It’s doubtful the volume is high to begin with. Generally, a driver keeps the radio at a comfortable level in the event the rider needs to make or accept a phone call. But en route to pick you up, the radio may be a tad louder. Many drivers also keep the rario on to stay alert. It can be tiresome driving around all day.
Don’t start making demands the moment you sit down. It’s rude. Don’t do it. And in the words of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, Whats-N-evah you do, DON’T TOUCH THE RADIO..
…at least without asking first!
A bonus tip on this topic: Bring your own headphones, don’t assume you can take over the car and use the drivers aux cord!