Last Updated on: May 28th, 2016
Do I really need to provide ‘amenities’ to passengers when they get in my car?
The answer is a BIG YES! And before you start shaking your head in disagreement, read on and look at it differently. This is not just for your passenger’s comfort but for your own as well. We read alot of rants from other drivers who are not happy about other drivers who carry extras like bottled water and gum because they claim, it’s an added expense. Guess what, whether you like it or you better like it– you are driving your own business (pun intended!). You can’t claim to be your own boss, if you don’t care about your customers/passengers at all.
These ‘extras’ are things you may already carry with you for your own convenience anyway. Why not spread the comfort along to your passengers? It is NOT an added expense, really. Personally, I am getting close to my 100 rides and when I started, I bought a 2-dozen pack of 8.0 oz bottled water for $10 ($0.42 per bottle). I still have about a dozen left and the first dozen, I drank most of it! Fact is, when you offer someone water they usually decline BUT they appreciate that you have it. Out of my first 90 rides, only 5 people took my offer and got a bottled water.
Same goes for my chewing gums, a pack of 18-pc gum costs $1.49 at CVS. Buy it on sale and you can get 2 gum packs + 1 pack free for $2.98 (54 pieces total)– essentially it costs $0.05 a piece. I’ve eaten most of it too! Getting these add-ons isn’t any more expensive than paying for my daily Dunkin’ Donuts coffee addiction. I have a 4.98 rating on Lyft. On the app, it shows a 5-star rating to my riders. (Thank you Lyft for seeing that a 0.02 margin is inconsequential and 4.98 is as good as a 5-star rating.). Since I am NOT a perfect driver, I am positive that my ‘add-ons’ help in my rating, which according to Lyft standards is pretty good as the average driver rating is at 4.80.
The old adage: “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” didn’t get to be a cliché for nothing. Taking your passenger from point A to point B means you must have something to offer to make the journey worthwhile if not memorable for the riders! Stand out in the pack. Here’s 10 essentials that you must already have in your car when ridesharing:
This is for day to day driving and assuming you have road side assisstance such as AAA then you don’t really need much else.
For your passengers:
2. Chilled Bottled Water. (If you car breaks down somewhere in the boonies and help is an hour or so away in 100 °F weather, you’ll be glad you have water and food bars!)
3. Barf bags.
4. Gum and or candies. (Food bars for you.)
5. Papertowel / facial tissue / wipes / hand lotion / hand sanitizer
For your safety:
- Pepper spray and a Self defense keychain (Please CHECK local and state laws, it may be illegal to carry such in your town!)
- Extra power chargers
- Emergency escape tool
- First Aid Kit (with pain relievers, band aids, disinfectants, etc.)
- Emergency money. (hidden somewhere in your car. not huge, small change and bills)
Did I miss anything? Please let us know via comment… Keep safe out on the road!