I’ve always thought there should be a simple check mark in the Uber and Lyft apps that, when selected, would tell your driver, “No offense or anything, but I just want to ride in silence.” There’s nothing worse than hopping into the backseat — headphones already in, mind you — and having to say, “Sorry, I just want to watch video game conspiracy videos on Youtube.” I feel like such a jerk! It’s not a good way to begin a driver-drivee relationship.
So you can see why it’s such a big deal when I say that there needs to be more communication between Uber/ Lyft drivers and Uber/ Lyft customers. If a rider is doing something trashy in the backseat, a driver isn’t necessarily going to say something right then and there, because it could endanger their tip.
That’s why we’re so grateful Uber and Lyft drivers are talking about some of their riders’ less-than-polite behaviors. It makes for a great chance for every one of us who use these services to take a deep breath, check to see if we do any of these obnoxious things and try to curb that behavior… before our drivers curb us.
(By that I mean kicking us out of their cars and onto the curb. That’s what curbing means. It is a very real term and not at all something I just made up.)