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Just curious to know how many of you don't have a dashcam? I want to start tonight but I am very reluctant without this sort of protection for the fact that if something goes wrong, I want to be able to have some evidence, etc. Maybe I'm overreacting though.... so feel free to give me a piece of mind :)
 

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Just curious to know how many of you don't have a dashcam? I want to start tonight but I am very reluctant without this sort of protection for the fact that if something goes wrong, I want to be able to have some evidence, etc. Maybe I'm overreacting though.... so feel free to give me a piece of mind :)
Two items you MUST have before venturing out to provide livery services...
  1. Dual channel dashcam
  2. Commercial livery insurance policy (your personal policy and the Uber contingent policy do not adequately cover you or your property.)
Hope this helps. Here are some other tips you may find helpful. I post these from time to time.

Uber best practices for safety, high ratings, and profit maximization.

• Don't even think about driving until you've purchased a commercial livery insurance policy. That'll run you about $4500 per year so you're going to be doing a lot of driving at first. But you really have no choice in the matter. Your personal insurance company is going to drop you if they learn you're driving for Uber. And the Uber contingent liability policy DOES NOT cover your medical claim or your property claim in the event you are involved in an at-fault accident.
• Dual channel dashcam. Don't ask why. Just get one and install it.
• Never pick up a pax with a rating lower than 4.7. (Jesus, how hard is it to be a 5-star pax? How about not being a ******bag?)
• Never respond to a ping more than 10 minutes away. (Yes, it might be a decent fare, but the odds are against you.)
• If you're traveling, never respond to a ping behind you.
• When you arrive at pickup location and pax is not present, DO NOT call or text the pax. Start a stop watch and cancel at 5:01 and move on.
• For the love of God, NEVER had out gum, candy, mints, water, etc. to paxs. There is no upside, it costs you money, and it creates more mess for you to clean up.
• If a pax leaves something behind in your car. DO NOT make the effort to return it. If you follow Uber's rules it'll actually cost you money and time to return it. If the pax needs it back, he/she will track you down through Uber. When that happens you can negotiate an appropriate fee to return the item. It doesn't matter what the item is - wallet, phone, eyeglasses, event tickets, clothing, jewelry, etc.
• ABC - Always Be Compensated. You're an independent contractor. Don't do anything without being paid. If you wish to run your car as a charity the folks over at Meals on Wheels would love to speak with you.

Some of these items may seem a little harsh to the new driver, but time and experience will show you that these practices not only work, but that they work very well. As a new driver, there's no value in re-inventing the wheel, as it were.
 

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I don't have a dashcam and I've never needed one in over 3000 trips.
Nobody ever NEEDS one...until they do. It only takes ONE accusation that you acted inappropriately. When the local news gets ahold of it...it will get worse, very quickly. My meeting with the police would go something like this...
"Here's my dashcam video, officer. If you notice...SHE was the one who acted inappropriately. She wasn't ready when I arrived, she left trash in my car and didn't tip. Can I go home now?"

I won in college and I'm winning now!
Then you can afford a dashcam
 

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Some people like to gamble more than others do. I had friends in college who never used condoms, either.
My company used to have cameras in all their vehicles. Turned out the cameras were providing evidence against the company as often as the evidence was in the companies favor.

We have no cameras now.

And I never wear condoms either.
 

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My company used to have cameras in all their vehicles. Turned out the cameras were providing evidence against the company as often as the evidence was in the companies favor.

We have no cameras now.

And I never wear condoms either.
I have wondered from time to time if dashcam video could be used against the owner of the dashcam. However, a person is not required to produce evidence that will incriminate himself, so I'd have no problem swallowing a micro SD card if need be. >GULP<

Can I get a glass of water, please? I have 32GB stuck in my throat.
 

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I have wondered from time to time if dashcam video could be used against the owner of the dashcam. However, a person is not required to produce evidence that will incriminate himself, so I'd have no problem swallowing a micro SD card if need be. >GULP<

Can I get a glass of water, please? I have 32GB stuck in my throat.
That sort of thing is harder to do on a large scale, plus as a driver, I wouldn't eat a SD card to protect the company.
 

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I was thinking about getting this dash cam. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFYG0K0/?tag=ubne0c-20

Pretty cheap, decent specs, and good reviews. Watched some videos on youtube about it and looks like the most bang for the buck.
Good choice. You don't need to spend a ton of cheddar on a dashcam. I think I paid about that for for little dual channel dashcam I use.
 

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I won in college and I'm winning now!
Yet another high priest, Vatican assassin warlock with tiger blood.
Winning, duh!

Charlie Sheen would be proud...
 
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