7 tips to become a 5-star Uber Driver

Becoming a 5-star Uber driver
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Star ratings are an important measurement of quality at Uber and other on-demand driving apps. You start out with five stars, and then it’s up to you to keep things up to standard.

Riders may cancel the trip if they see you have a poor rating, and in the worst case, consistent bad ratings may lead to deactivation. In other words, your job as an on-demand driver depends on the quality of the services you provide.

Your rating can slip for a number of reasons, but it’s best to prevent it. Once you get a couple of bad ratings it’s tough to climb back up, but far from impossible.

Our mission is to help you drive to thrive. We prepared a guide with seven tips to maintain a five-star Uber rating:

1. Have a smooth ride

One of the most important factors to becoming a 5-star Uber driver is the quality of your car. Most passengers switched from taxis to Uber for the experience. Passengers prefer SUVs and larger sedans, as they have ample room in the back seat and more than enough boot space for airport trips. New cars will always earn more 5-star ratings than older cars.

2. Keep it clean

Keeping your car clean and well-maintained is another important factor in maximising your 5-star Uber ratings. Avoid eating in your car and remove any rubbish that is lying around. Remember, first impressions count.

3. Go the extra mile

From bottled water to mints, mobile chargers for both Apple and Android devices, and an AUX cord for passengers to become the DJ, the thoughtful extras that Uber drivers are famous for will go a long way to ensuring you become a 5-star Uber driver.

4. At your service!

Gestures like opening doors or helping passengers with their luggage will boost your Uber rating dramatically.

5. Street knowledge

Start your trip by asking the passenger if they have a preferred route. If they don’t have one, ask if they’re happy with the route suggested by the satnav.

The Uber Driver app has a map functionality built in, but most drivers recommend Waze as it uses real-time data that helps you avoid an unexpected traffic jam. By arriving on time, you’ll keep your passengers happy.

Related: Everything you need to know about how Uber works

6. Become a tour guide

Knowing what events are on in your local area is a great way to start a conversation and to build a relationship with your passengers, especially if they’re tourists.

7. Be creative and have some fun

Dressing up your car for big events adds to the experience. From cultural celebrations to sporting events or just the weekend nights, use your creative flare and have fun on the road. If you’re having fun, your passengers will pick up the vibe.

How can Splend help you become a 5-star Uber driver?

At Splend, we provide the complete service to make sure you’re more profitable, safer and happier. As a result, Splend members enjoy Uber ratings and earnings well above the national average. Here are two ways we can help:

New-model cars
You drive a new-model Uber compliant car that is 5-star ANCAP rated. The car is yours 24/7 to drive for Uber and personal use. You, your friends, your family, and most importantly, your passengers will love the quality of your car.

Member Success Representatives
Your dedicated Member Success Representative provides you with coaching, training and mentoring. They will make sure you know all the latest Uber tips and tricks and keep track of your performance to let you know if there’s something you can improve.

About Splend

We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.

We’re more than a car rental company. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with Uber as quickly as possible, our members enjoy driver training and dedicated support via a personal account manager, as well as member benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.

For more information about Splend, drop by to your local Member Support Centreemail us or say hello on 1800 775 363.

AUTHOR

Balazs Szekely

Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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