Driving during the night is common among rideshare drivers, with many even preferring to do so as the roads are less busy, and there’s an opportunity to earn more with fewer Uber drivers on the roads at this time. However, driving throughout the night does come with different risks to those you might expect when driving during the day. There are many ways to be safe when driving Uber at night and prevent accidents.
Here are some safety tips to consider when driving for Uber at night.
Accidents are three times more likely to happen at night due to the lack of visibility and shorter reaction times. That’s why your driving senses should also be at least three times heightened:
When you have a job so dynamic as Uber driving, it’s crucial to stay as focused and fresh as possible:
Most important: Know when to call it a day (or night), go home and get the rest you need.
You can work extra the next day to compensate for these hours but remember that nothing is worth the risk of driving when tired.
One of the key aspects of staying safe on the road during the night is regularly testing all your lights, including low beams, high beams, daytime running lights, indicators and brake lights. Not only is it illegal to drive at night without properly functioning front and rear lights, but it’s also important for the safety of you, your passengers and other road users.
While keeping your eyes on the road is mandatory, avoid staring directly into other cars’ lights so you don’t get blinded. Look to the left-hand side of the road and follow the white line marking the edge to keep track of your position. If the light is so powerful that you can’t see anything, slow down but avoid stopping suddenly.
As passengers can rate their Uber drivers, it goes both ways. When driving at night, pay attention to your passenger’s rating and think twice before accepting the ride:
It’s essential to set clear boundaries with your passengers the moment they step foot inside your car. This could look like:
Many Uber drivers install a dash cam inside their car, allowing the recording of video and audio of passengers in real-time during their rides. Having a dash cam installed can help you in multiple ways. For example, it can work as a protection shield against riders with harmful intentions, or you can use it to provide evidence of abuse or threatening behaviour.
If you’re a Splend customer, you’ll need to let your local Hub know before installing a dash cam.
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