I am sometimes astonished at the number of drivers who complain about the most petty of things related to pax behavior.
"Oh. Oh. I don't want to talk to my pax."
"Oh. Oh. I don't want to give my pax a charge cord."
"Oh. Oh. I don't want to put on the music a pax requests."
And is it not those same drivers who complain about the low pay in this line of work?
Get a clue people. Tips make all the difference. Make your pax happy and your tips will go up.
Member rcozy (the member with the "I did not have ___ with that woman..." avatar came up with the best way to make lemonade during this pandemic in this thread. Guilt trip people into tipping! Beautiful, covert, effective technique.
The second best way to make more tips is to be a better driver. And the best way to be a better driver is to take an Uber ride. Take a ride and notice how the driver behaves. Most drivers I've gotten in the car with have a finger up their nose. It is so easy to spot ways to improve by observing others doing it wrong.
Not everyone will tip because you lend them an aux cord or let them choose the song, or not cop an attitude when the pax was not toes-on-the-curb. But if you do those things.... if you talk to your pax... if you take the time to establish a rapport... you WILL make more money. You can even make driving and navigation mistakes, yet if you have established that rapport you will often still get tipped.
Again, take a few Uber or Lyft rides and it will become clear what areas you can improve your driving and make more money. We can't control how much Uber pays us. But if you make a game out of getting tipped you can influence your income. And this work is all about optimizing one's income, is it not?