Uber is becoming an incredibly popular taxi and ride-hailing service that allows anybody with a smartphone to download an app where they can request and pay for a ride from a fleet of dedicated riders. And, with over forty million users active monthly, Uber has become one of the most popular alternatives to traditional taxi services. If you’ve ever considered the idea of driving for a living, Uber certainly makes it possible. Here’s what you need to do before you sign up to become an Uber driver.
First of all, you’re going to need to pass Uber’s background check, as understandably, they wouldn’t want to let just about anybody start driving under their brand name. If you can pass this, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to start driving for Uber. All you need to do is download the Uber driver app on your smartphone and create an account; don’t forget to include the details for the bank account where your wages will be paid into.
Requirements You’ll Need to Meet
Once you’ve set up your Uber driver account, you’ll be taken through some steps to determine if you meet the requirements. You will need to be at least 21 years of age and have at least one year of driving experience, and a valid driving license. You must also have a car that meets Uber requirements; you can find details of cars that Uber accepts on their website or app. You should also meet any other local requirements for operating a taxi service in your area, such as a taxi driver license.
Getting the Right Insurance
If the answer is yes to all of the above, you’re ready to start driving as an Uber driver, but not before you make sure that you have the right insurance for your new job. Even if your car is fully insured, you should make sure that it covers using your vehicle for ‘hire or reward’, otherwise it will be illegal for you to pick up passengers and charge them a fare.
If you don’t have this type of insurance yet you should use a price comparison service to compare Uber insurance quotes online. Uber takes this very seriously, so you will be required to provide proof of the right insurance to them before you can start driving.
Which Service Will You Provide?
The type of service that you provide as an uber driver will depend on certain factors such as the type of car you drive. For example, if you have an SUV or minivan, you can provide an UberXL service which provides passengers with more room and is ideal for big groups. Or, if you have a luxury car with a leather interior, you can provide an UberSELECT or UberPlus service. You can also use your car to deliver food with UberEats, which may be a good alternative if your car doesn’t meet the requirements to be used as a taxi.
Uber is making it easier than ever for car drivers everywhere to make some money from their ride. Be sure to meet these requirements, and you can soon start picking up your first passengers.