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Uber is one of the most popular ways for people to get around without having to worry about driving themselves. Whether you plan on a night of drinking, or you’re traveling somewhere without your car, there are all sorts of reasons why people choose this convenient option. Not only is it a cheaper alternative to traditional taxi cabs, but it can also come with plenty of fancy perks and VIP services.

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However, as with so many things in life, it doesn’t come without its risks and drawbacks. Here are some of the best tips for making sure that you have success using this popular ride-sharing service.

Be Ready Before Your Uber Arrives 

Many people make the mistake of ordering their Uber while they’re still getting ready. However, waiting times can cost nearly a dollar a minute depending on what kind of car you’ve ordered. Not only is it expensive to make your Uber driver wait, but it’s not fair to your driver to make them rush.

Just because you’re in a hurry doesn’t mean that your driver should be too. Getting into an accident shouldn’t be on your list of to-dos for the day. Do yourself a favor and call your Uber the minute that you’re ready to go!

Check The License Plate

Unfortunately, there have been cases of people being picked up by someone pretending to be an Uber driver. Although this is rare, it’s important to take the right preventative measures to ensure your safety.  

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Always check the license plate on the car that you’re getting into and make sure that it matches the one listed within the app. Additionally, you should scan the driver’s face and ask them their name. If it’s not the same driver that’s listed on the app, don’t get in the car! 

Share Your Location With Friends

When you’re traveling, you may be even more vulnerable to dangers. In some parts of the world, it’s more likely that you could experience getting lost or worse in an Uber.  

Many travel experts recommend using preventative measures like using share my location with your friends. That way, if you end up in a place that you don’t recognize or you’re in danger, there will be a record of where you were.  

Avoid Surge Pricing

Uber’s prices aren’t constant. During times of high demand, they may increase their prices significantly. Plan your rides around times when the demand for Uber drivers isn’t abnormally high.  

Days like New Year’s Eve or in areas following sporting events, you should consider another form of transportation unless you’re willing to pay as much as double. 

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Be Respectful

Just as passengers have the chance to rate their drivers, drivers also have the opportunity to rate their customers. Always be a respectful and courteous passenger. Getting an unfavorable rating could result in future drivers refusing to pick up your rides.