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It may sound pathetic but I love this job after 3 months. I really do. I drive mostly at night and have fun, then in the day I get my other priorities done. I love the flexibility.

One of the reasons I invested in a dash cam is fear. Fear that I can be banned for something I shouldn't be banned for. I was banned from certain clubs once due to being guilty by association. So I have apprehension and am always cautious.

This is a privalege. Don't like the lack of tips and the rating system. But I love this life. This is part of me. But I was flagged for safety in lyft. 4.87 currently with lyft and 4.89 with Uber. Any advice you can give me on how to stay active as long as I wish would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Of course you know about always confirming name of pax before starting ride, right?

Then there's asking pax upfront, "will there be any stops or changes in destination?"
 

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Of course you know about always confirming name of pax before starting ride, right?

Then there's asking pax upfront, "will there be any stops or changes in destination?"
And if there is does he have to change the first destination or can I do that?
 

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If you have a problem with a pax, where you have to kick them out of the car, or if they make you stop, don't end the trip! Put your phone in airplane mode and drive off. Force them to cancel, so they can order a new ride.

Once they cancel, they can't rate you. If they complain, you can say they canceled during the ride and tried to scam you.
 

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And don't think for one second a dash cam is going to save you from deactivation. The only benefits are so pax don't screw around with you and for those extreme circumstances where you might be falsely accused of something.
 
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If you have a problem with a pax, where you have to kick them out of the car, or if they make you stop, don't end the trip! Put your phone in airplane mode and drive off. Force them to cancel, so they can order a new ride.

Once they cancel, they can't rate you. If they complain, you can say they canceled during the ride and tried to scam you.
Good idea! But if pax does not need another ride immediately it could be days before you get to drive again.
 

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Certain traffic violations (not all) can get you immediately or permanently deactivated. If you are ever stopped by a cop, with or without a PAX, try to keep the tone of the conversation friendly, don't argue, be deferential, and follow directions immediately. Cops are trained to be "in control" and will react poorly if challenged.

Think ahead, how to explain normal traffic stops, speeding, stop sign failures, etc. so that you have a reasonable "on the spot" explanation. You may be able to talk yourself out of a ticket and get a warning, or at least a reduced charge. You want to be able to say "The cop and I had a friendly conversation and he saw no reason to take any further action."

If you're willing to take a chance, don't report to Uber. Even if there is a PAX in the car, the PAX may not report to Uber. If Uber does contact you about the incident then reply quickly. Uber will often deactivate just to get your "attention" when they want to contact you. Be consistent and give the same story you told the cop.

Finally, never, ever, drive drunk or high. Most cops and Uber share a zero tolerance for these behaviors.
 

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It may sound pathetic but I love this job after 3 months. I really do. I drive mostly at night and have fun, then in the day I get my other priorities done. I love the flexibility.

One of the reasons I invested in a dash cam is fear. Fear that I can be banned for something I shouldn't be banned for. I was banned from certain clubs once due to being guilty by association. So I have apprehension and am always cautious.

This is a privalege. Don't like the lack of tips and the rating system. But I love this life. This is part of me. But I was flagged for safety in lyft. 4.87 currently with lyft and 4.89 with Uber. Any advice you can give me on how to stay active as long as I wish would be greatly appreciated.
Same old schtick. Never gets dull.
 

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Certain traffic violations (not all) can get you immediately or permanently deactivated. If you are ever stopped by a cop, with or without a PAX, try to keep the tone of the conversation friendly, don't argue, be deferential, and follow directions immediately. Cops are trained to be "in control" and will react poorly if challenged.

Think ahead, how to explain normal traffic stops, speeding, stop sign failures, etc. so that you have a reasonable "on the spot" explanation. You may be able to talk yourself out of a ticket and get a warning, or at least a reduced charge. You want to be able to say "The cop and I had a friendly conversation and he saw no reason to take any further action."

If you're willing to take a chance, don't report to Uber. Even if there is a PAX in the car, the PAX may not report to Uber. If Uber does contact you about the incident then reply quickly. Uber will often deactivate just to get your "attention" when they want to contact you. Be consistent and give the same story you told the cop.

Finally, never, ever, drive drunk or high. Most cops and Uber share a zero tolerance for these behaviors.
So you recommend not telling Uber if a cop stops me but let's me go?
 

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Well I was thinking of you don't, then it's worse?
How is Uber going to find out if a cop stops you but let's you go? Since there is no police report and no ticket there are only two ways:
  1. Tell them yourself
  2. If a PAX is present during the encounter and the PAX decides to complain, which may not happen.
Whenever Uber contacts me about anything, its essential to respond immediately. Otherwise, Uber will deactivate, just to get your attention. This contact will determine if you get deactivated/reactivated, so be "on your toes". I first make Uber specify what incident they are interested in discussing. Otherwise, you may be inadvertently and unnecessarily admitting to an additional TOS violation. Then I begin with something like "That happened a few days ago. Please give me a minute to recall." So, I have a chance to collect my thoughts and decide on the best response. After which, I'll continue with "The cop and I had a friendly conversation and he saw no reason to take any further action." Simple and contains nothing that Uber can consider negative. If questioned further then I'll continue with the same story I told the cop, in the unlikely event that there is a way for Uber to verify.
 

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How is Uber going to find out if a cop stops you but let's you go? Since there is no police report and no ticket there are only two ways:
  1. Tell them yourself
  2. If a PAX is present during the encounter and the PAX decides to complain, which may not happen.
Whenever Uber contacts me about anything, its essential to respond immediately. Otherwise, Uber will deactivate, just to get your attention. This contact will determine if you get deactivated/reactivated, so be "on your toes". I first make Uber specify what incident they are interested in discussing. Otherwise, you may be inadvertently and unnecessarily admitting to an additional TOS violation. Then I begin with something like "That happened a few days ago. Please give me a minute to recall." So, I have a chance to collect my thoughts and decide on the best response. After which, I'll continue with "The cop and I had a friendly conversation and he saw no reason to take any further action." Simple and contains nothing that Uber can consider negative. If questioned further then I'll continue with the same story I told the cop, in the unlikely event that there is a way for Uber to verify.
Seriously. Ask questions. Make them communicate clearly. Remember (especially for those of us who've opted out of arbitration), everything said is a record, it's recorded.
 

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So you recommend not telling Uber if a cop stops me but let's me go?
If the cop let you go, there's nothing to report. If the Pax tries to report this comma in all reality they're going to sound like morons.

"Uh, Uber? My ride was interrupted by a cop stopping us for no reason. I want you to hold the driver responsible for this cop interrupting my ride, and I want some credit for free rides!"

For the most part, if the cop doesn't give you a ticket or a written warning, the stuff never happened officially. You could probably tell Uber anything from "he thought the car matched the description of one he was looking for, but I didn't match the description of the person" to " yeah, I went to High School with him, he thought it would be funny to give me a start with the lights going."
 
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