What Are the Drawbacks of Driving for Uber?
Of course, no job is perfect, and that sentiment is true when it comes to being a uber driver as well.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest drawbacks of driving with uber is the relentless wear and tear on your vehicle that comes with driving strangers around at all hours of the day and night. And since Uber drivers work as independent contractors, many of uber driver expenses, such as gas and maintenance, need to be paid for out of their profits. But that’s not all.
“The worst part about driving for Uber is the pukers,” says Paul Carson, who does much of his driving late at night when you can typically make the most money. “During those times driving for uber, you have a lot of intoxicated people that you’re transporting,” Paul Carson explains.
And not everyone can hold their liquor. “I haven’t had anyone puke in my car yet but it does happen more often than you might think.”
Paul Carson keeps vomit bags in the back for those that uber rider who need it and a trigger finger on the back window just in case, he says.
There is also personal safety to consider: You’re allowing strangers to get into your car. However, you are in control of whether you want to pick up a uber rider. Riders must register through the app with personal and credit card information, and Uber asks drivers to rate uber riders just as riders rate their uber drivers; passengers with complaints get barred from the uber service.
Thanks to the app’s cashless transactions, uber drivers aren’t carrying wads of cash and so aren’t typically prime theft targets. But some Uber drivers have been ambushed and robbed — after all, thieves know, drivers will at least have a smartphone on them.