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A smartphone and a car is all you need to drive for Uber & Lyft, right? That may be technically true, but there is other equipment you need if yo want to do the job.
Without the right gear, you risk poor ratings and lowered tips.
Here is our list of all the gear that every driver needs to do the job right.
Must-have gear for all rideshare and delivery drivers
- Phone mount
- Phone charger with cords
- Dash cam
- Cleaning equipment & vomit bags
- For delivery drivers – an insulated bag
Read on for specific product recommendations!
Phone mounts — Safe, hands-free driving
One of the number one complaints from passengers is when a driver unsafely handles their phone. Your phone must be mounted at all times! It’s the law in many states, and most passengers expect it.
These phone mounts stay in place and hold phones securely:
- iOttie Easy One Touch Mount: Perfectly position your phone with the the telescoping arm
- Beam universal vent mount – A lower-cost option that fits nearly every phone
Car chargers and power cables — Stay charged!
The Uber and Lyft driver apps quickly drain your phone battery, so it’s best to have your phone plugged in at all the times. Passengers also appreciate when you have an extra cable for them too.
- Car charger: The Anker dual charger gets the job done. Use the second port for a passenger cord, or another device
- Charging cables: Amazon Basics iPhone lightning cable, Anker USB-C cables
Dash cams — Protect yourself and your passengers
Dash cams are arguably the most important investment you can make into your own safety and financial well being. A dash cam can tell your side of the story in the event of an accident, or when a passenger accuses you of doing something.
Make sure to look into your local laws about recording.
Barf bags — Be prepared for the worst
Vomit happens, especially if you drive the late-night bar hours. Be prepared!
Recommendation: Hospital-grade emesis bags. Hopefully you’ll never need them!
I was stocked and ready with barf when it happened to me. A passenger said she was going to be sick, and I was able to pull a bag from a pouch and push it into her hand right in time. Luckily it all went into the bag, and I threw it out as soon as the ride was over. Glad I was prepared!
Cleaning kit — Be prepared for small messes
Small messes are bound to happen with passengers coming in and out of your car all day. It’s good to have a basic cleaning kit on hand to pick up messes and wipe away smudges. Your cleaning kit should contain window cleaner, paper towels, trash bags, and gloves.
Back support — Reduce pain while driving
Spending long hours is hard on your back. Adding extra lumbar support to your seat can help reduce back pain, so try a small pillow or one of these lumbar pillows created for drivers.
Gear for Delivery Drivers
Many of the tools of the trade for rideshare drivers also work for delivery drivers, but there are a few unique items for delivery drivers that can help improve ratings and tips.
Insulated bags — Keep food hot, or cold
A hot bag accomplishes a lot: It keeps hot food hot, cold food cold, and helps you look more professional.
Even if a hot bag doesn’t perfectly insulate food, it shows your customer that you’re trying your best. That can lead to better tips and higher ratings.
Readers: What’s your favorite gear? What’s your go-to setup when you go out for a night of driving?