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I know everyone is angry about the new rate decreases and rideshare insurance stuff, so I wanted to share some of the best tricks and tips i've learned over the past 6 months driving for Uber....

1. One of the most commonly asked questions from my out of town male passengers is "where is the nearest strip club". Elite cabaret in Tempe, AZ gives your riders free cover and pays you $30 cash for every person that you bring there. Let me say that again... You get paid for for driving them there and the club pays you $30 per head in cash at the door. If you aren't taking advantage of this free money, then you are missing out. There are other clubs in the Phoenix area that do this as well. Make it a point to talk to the doorman next time you drop a customer off at one of these establishments.

2. ALWAYS carry gallon ziplock baggies in your car. So far, I have had 5 pukers in my vehicle and not one drop has ever been spilled on my seat. Whenever someone doesn't look so well, I give them a baggie and tell them that it's there just in case of an emergency. The best part is that they can zip it up when they are done and take it home with them as a souvenir.

3. Have cards printed up with your promo code on it. Almost every time I pick up more than one passenger, there is one of them that doesn't have the lyft or uber app downloaded. I tell them to download it while they are in the vehicle because it only takes a minute and i can make sure it is done right. You will make A LOT of money with your referral codes this way. Everyone wants a free ride and you get paid!

4. On a slow weeknight, there are a few places where you are sure to pick up a rider. One of them is just outside Sky Harbor Airport downtown Phoenix. There are quite a few nice parking lots to pull over and wait for a fare. Usually about every 30 minutes you'll see the area surrounding the airport light up like a christmas tree. That's because a shuttle has just arrived and dropped off passengers. You'll get a ride out of the deal and most people are going to be traveling more than just a few miles to get home.

Another great place that i've found to "hang out" is the casino's. They have large parking lots to wait in and not seem like you're trolling but you will usually pick up a fare within a few minutes even on a slow night.

5. When you have a group of drunk unruly passengers, I've found that when you tell them to put their seatbelts on in the back seat they immediately calm down and usually go to sleep. Its kind of like being put in a restraint chair at jail. They aren't able to move as much and talk to the person in the front passenger seat. It works. Trust me. Oh, and for the record, I always ask that all of my passengers put on their seatbelts.

6. Get yourself a quote on rideshare insurance. You do NOT want to be caught without having this on your vehicle. If you are not a Farmers insurance customer, you do not have coverage if you're in an accident. Lyft and Uber have very limited coverage for you and there are a million things that are in the fine print of your insurance policy.
I am a Farmers insurance agent in Phoenix and would be happy to give you a quote on covering 100% of your vehicle and medical expenses. Give me a call or text for a free quote now. Scott Miranda 602.680.0879

7. Fist bump your riders when they get in your car! It's always awkward for people to meet someone new. They are getting into a strangers car! (especially if they are a female by themselves). Make them feel more at ease and give them a friendly fist bump. It takes the edge off and you can get a giggle out of them almost every time.
I hope some of these tips help you guys in the future! As drivers, we need to stick together and watch each others backs out there. Please feel free to comment with any other suggestions to help us all make more money.
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