I'm new to Uber and have not taken a passenger yet. Being a female, are there any tips or suggestions before heading out? Thank you.
Hi Sheera, welcome! I live in Waterville but drive in Portland (1150 trips so far) Best to start doing it daytimes. Portland surges in the weekday mornings as well. This Monday July 4th will be great for surging esp. around the fireworks times. Best of luck!
Are you already in Portland when you'll be Ubering or driving all the way from Waterville? That's a lot of dead miles if you're not already here.
I was in the same position when I started. I signed up to drive and didn't jump right away due to concerns. I found that, like suggested above, starting in the day and in a familiar area is a good idea. I have yet to head out to Portland in the busy evening time but mostly due to working evenings at my primary job. A few things I do that make me feel a bit more comfortable. A) I always let someone know I'm out driving. Usually my boyfriend, but also friends I may be chatting with that day. B) I put my purse in the trunk. I have no need for it during a ride, and I feel like it just makes sense to have it tucked away. C) I usually unlock the doors after they auto lock once moving. This helps in two ways. 1 it makes it easier for riders to get out once we reach the destination and 2 it makes me feel better to know if I need to get out of the car I can do so quickly. Honestly all of this is more for piece of mind. I have had wonderful riders in my experience and these things may be over kill, but in todays day in age you never know. Hope this helps!