There are some things that you just don’t do as a rideshare driver, may it be alone or with a passenger. Here are a few things you should know before taking your next trip:
- Do not drive if you are not in good shape
Under no circumstances should you get behind the wheel if you are not in a condition to drive. This includes anything from fatigue or mental exhaustion to all other kinds of impairments. Your passenger’s safety is just as important as your own.
- Do not use your phone while driving
Texting or talking on the phone while driving is not only dangerous but it is illegal. Do not talk on the phone even if you have a hands-free headset. Your passenger should feel as comfortable as possible while in the car with you.
- Do Not Speed
Whether you or your passenger are in a rush, you should still abide by the rules of the road, and that also means no speeding. Even if your passenger shouts at you and insists that you speed, it is your duty to remain calm and to express politely that you will not exceed the speed limit of the road and proceed with navigation. If your passenger persists, find out if they know of a faster route or offer to drop them off by the nearest alternative transport. Exceeding the speed limit puts both your lives in danger, as well as other road users including pedestrians, and is simply not worth the speeding fines.
- Show respect
Treat your passenger as you would treat a guest. Greet your passengers with a smile, always speak in a polite manner and refrain from shouting, swearing or raising your voice when agitated or frustrated by your passenger or other road users. These are all signs of showing respect. It is important that you be friendly and kind and offer to help your passenger when needed.Keeping these basic rideshare etiquette tips in mind will ensure a safe and pleasant trip for both you and your passenger.