Originally posted on December 18, 2022 @ 7:29 AM
This morning I had a situation that prompted writing this particular post. I want anyone who is NOT a rideshare driver, to understand, we are not out here picking up strangers because we have nothing else better to do!
We do it for the DOLLARS . . . PERIOD!
- We are not a moving service nor are we medical professionals. We are not interested in taking, or picking up, your underage child, without someone 18 years of age or older accompanying that child. And we certainly are not wanting to be held responsible for any child not in a car seat. It is Georgia law that children under the age of 8 are supposed to be in a car seat. That means, the adult ought to bring a car seat, instead of expecting one to be provided by the driver.
The reason I decided to write this particular post is because there are things riders have NO clue about and someone needs to tell it!
1. Tipping in the appDrivers don’t believe you and Uber and Lyft both cap the amount of the tip. Today was the first time someone in my car told me that they tried to tip me the entire $100 in the Lyft app, but was only allowed to tip $20. SERIOUSLY? WHY are these apps capping how much a rider can leave as a tip? What is the point of that?
2. If you decide to tip your driver, do it in cash or through some platform like CashApp.I gave that rider my CashApp ID – $NetLady (anyone is welcome to use it at any time and Thank You! :))
3. We are not medical professionals and do not like being used to handle medical emergencies. That is what 911 is for.Now this rider had in his head that once at the destination he gave me, he was going to pick this female up and take her to the hospital. In MY car?! In what I imagine to be a hysterical condition? Naw, I wasn’t feeling that AT ALL! I had already suggested shortly before we arrived that he call the fire department to help her since they have medical first responders who can check on her and transport her to a hospital. Once we arrived, he said she had apparently fallen asleep and he was having trouble getting her to wake up. I told him to call 911 because neither one of us were equipped to handle what help she may have needed. I was finally able to leave and went back home to regroup and write this blog post.
Other MAJOR things riders do not seem to know, or choose to totally ignore
- If drivers pick up anyone under the age of 18, drivers are knowingly going against the rideshare terms of service agreed to, and could be deactivated for such.
In fact, drivers can be deactivated (car removed from the app platform so there is no access to drive) for any number of vague reasons, and there is rarely provable evidence of misconduct AND there is NO appeal for the deactivation decision.
- Too many deactivations come as a result of riders not telling the truth, which affects drivers’ livelihoods.
I had a hard time believing riders are lying to to get free rides, but that is something that drivers know because both Uber and Lyft are aware of the pervasive problem, but not doing anything to correct it. Check out my own recent experience, which happened at the end of January 2023.
- Riders who show up with a child under the age of 8 (according to Georgia law) are required to have a car seat for that child. More details at: https://consumer.georgia.gov/child-car-seats
- It is NOT the driver’s responsibility to provide a car seat. If a driver has one, it’s probably because they have a child, and don’t mind sharing their car seat with a rider’s child.
So, whenever a driver does allow a child, who should be in a car seat, to ride without one, that driver is assuming risk that they did not sign up for. Do not be mad, or feel some kind of way, when drivers cancel because there is no car seat. Not only is it Georgia law, drivers are not interested in assuming parental responsibility for a rider’s child who should have been in a car seat. If anything were to happen, that driver will be held liable while the adult rider will more than likely escape being held responsible.There is certainly more I could write about, but it’s time to get back out there and drive for a bit. I’ll be back with another blog post with some screenshots regarding the upfront fare nonsense that is ticking drivers off, as well as some screenshots from the HERide app. If you do not already have a referral code, feel free to use mine: DE50A Thanks SO much for taking time to visit.
PLEASE freely share this information with your rideshare friends and family!
It’s that simple and would be so appreciated.
You have NO idea who YOU know that needs this information.
Remember: YOU Do NOT Need to Be a Rider or Driver to help support the movement for a BETTER rideshare experience. Just share this site with others!