As a rideshare driver, your car is your money maker. How well you equip your car can keep you and passengers safe and comfortable in your vehicle. Whether you are new to the rideshare game or want to boost your rating, this is what every Uber and Lyft driver needs in their car.
Many drivers aren’t aware of the fact that their mileage is deductible on their taxes, but they are. Although Uber and Lyft track your miles, they only track your mileage while you are transporting passengers. Having a mileage tracking app will help you to fill in the blanks of your business mileage while keeping a record that you can provide the IRS.
Any driving instructor will tell you that using a phone while behind the wheel significantly increases your risk of getting into an accident. However, as a rideshare driver, you are essentially dependent on the phone—both to pick up passengers and navigate to your destination. Having a phone mount is essential for reducing accidents and avoiding getting tickets, and it’s recommended that every Uber and Lyft driver keep one in their car.
Part of the nature of public transportation is you never know who exactly is getting in your car. Although you are unlikely to be put into a dangerous situation, it pays to put things into place to keep yourself safe. A dash cam can be vital if you are put in a situation with a belligerent passenger and need to report on it or defend your actions later. It also holds you, as the driver, accountable—an idea that can be comforting to passengers who may be nervous about getting into a stranger’s car.
If you’ve ever been to a Disney park, you may have heard the story about Walt Disney placing a trash can every 30 feet. He knew that guests would only hold on to trash for so long before dropping it. You can consider the same logic for your own car. Even well-meaning passengers may forget they’re holding trash and leave it behind. As such, having a small can will keep all the trash in one spot—and off your floor.
As we mentioned, there’s no way of knowing who will end up in your car. You may transport people who have just come back from doing a lot of physical activity, haven’t showered, or who have really bad breath. And those scents may linger as the next passenger enters, making them think your car isn’t sanitary. A little tree hanging underneath the rearview mirror will keep your car or TLC rental vehicle smelling fresh and clean.