There are four basic areas every driver can focus on to improve your star rating: navigation, safety, cleanliness, and friendliness. With our busiest night of the year just around the bend, here are some tips and tricks for keeping your rating high based on those key categories.
- Always use navigation to get to your passenger (preferably Google Maps or Waze), and again to get them to their destination.
- Stay attentive to your map so you avoid missing any turns.
- There's bound to be traffic and crowds on New Year's Eve, so if it's going to take you a bit longer than the ETA to arrive at your passenger's pickup location, give them a call to let them know.
- Keep your phone mounted so you can remain hands-free, with your eyes on the road.
- Be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists.
- Obey all traffic signals, and stay within the speed limit.
- Only pull over where it's safe and legal to do so.
- If there's rain or snow, be extra cautious!
- Make sure both the exterior and interior of your ride are sparkly.
- Clear your seats and floors of any cutter, ensuring enough room for a full house, which you're likely to get this NYE.
- Keep your trunk organized with plenty of space in case your passengers have luggage.
- Lastly, make sure your car is odor-free. A light air freshener is ok, but nothing too overwhelming.
- Greet all of your passengers warmly with a smile and a fistbump.
- Be perceptive: It's okay if your passenger doesn't want to chit-chat.
- It's never a bad idea to go above and beyond with things like small bottles of water, gum or mints, or candy. For New Year's Eve in particular, having some celebratory party favors can make the ride more fun.
- Always offer to let your passengers choose the music or temperature, as well as a charge for their phone if you have extra cables.
- Don't forget to relax, have fun, and wish everyone a Happy New Year!
Follow these tips and you'll be racking up 5-star rides all night.