First off, I am sorry to everyone that already knows this. I’d heard of this at one point but I either forgot or, yea I forgot. I was taking an Uber last night in Vegas while attending the NADA convention and the driver began telling me how horrible the previous passengers were.
He went on about how they spilled a RedBull on his floor mat and continued to hang the floor mat out the window as they were driving. They had to dry it off, right? The worst part is his van had less than 5,000 miles on and it still had a temporary license plate.
Feeling bad for him, I asked if there was anyway to block riders from getting in or reporting them to Uber (hopefully to be banned). That is when he reminded me about the Uber passenger ratings. He said that many drivers will cancel if they see an Uber passenger rating below 4.5 (out of 5). The rating system works exactly the same way that you rate your drivers.
Did you know that you can cancel a ride up to five minutes after the driver agrees to pick you up? They won’t charge you any fee to cancel the Uber as long as you ordered it within the last 5 minutes. You also will not be charged if you cancel the Uber due to the driver showing up more than 5 minutes after the scheduled ETA. When an Uber driver is dispatched they will see your score and may decide to skip out on your ride request.
The driver I spoke to said that he often ignores ride requests from users that have less than a 4.5 rating. This isn’t to say all drivers do this, but this particular driver has been driving for a long time.
To check your score:
– Click ‘Help’ in the left sidebar
– Next, click ‘Account’
– Find the ‘I’d like to know my rating’ option
– Finally, click ‘submit’ after the explanation of the rating system.
What was your score? I have a 4.82, which I hear is on the higher-end, but who knows. I used to have a five 😦
It is only fair that drivers be able to anonymously share their experience. The thing I love about Uber is the transparency, so that should go both ways.
Uber is considerably cheaper than taking a taxi, in my experience. In addition, you can estimate the fare before you order the Uber, no surprises!
You can receive a $15 credit on your first Uber using my link. If you have the Quicksilver card from Capital One you will earn 20% cash back through the end of April. Yes, 20% back on all Ubers, that essentially makes the rides 20% off (which are already cheaper than cabs)