Accessories You Need to Buy
Every Uber Driver needs a hands free ear piece. You don't want your navigation directions to interrupt your conversation. But you don't want to miss a turn. Keep those directions in your ear. Plus, when passengers call you, it's safer to keep your hands on the steering wheel.
I recommend the Planetronics Voyager.
2-in-1 Charging Cable (iPhone/And)
If you drive for Uber, your passengers sometimes need a charge, but some carry iPhones and others carry Androids. This one cable has an adapter so you can charge either:
Keep things clean with a portable vacuum cleaner. Uber and Lyft drivers should keep things clean. Most car-vacs are weak, so get my recommendation. It's the best:
Night Vision Sunglasses
After long hours on Uber or Lyft, if you're driving in a dark place or in the mountains at night, this makes it better to see. You are a pro level driver with one of these:
Vent Air Fresheners
If your A/C smells, it's your cabin filter. First, replace the cabin air filter in your car. Then place an air freshener in your vent:
Phone Holder for Car
Be a professional Uber driver. Don't put your phone on your lap. And stay away from magnetic holders that mess with your GPS. Get a secure clip. IT should have a quick release. I recommend this below:
You can't keep your Lyft app or Uber app on for hours without a charge. You need a strong Smartphone charger (dual, 2.4 Amps each) like this one below:
I'm not saying Uber passengers are dirty. Sometimes, you need a wipe to clean stuff off your car, or that bird poop on your windshield. Extra Tip: Add some water into the pack on those hot days so it doesn't dry up in 2 weeks.
Yes, Uber and Lyft have insurance for their drivers. Very limited. But every professional driver should have a dash-cam. It proves to insurance that you were not at fault.
Dash Cam (High Quality)
Only a few high-end dash cams can capture license plates at night. This has the highest quality lens but the cheapest of the high-end cameras. No other camera can catch hit-and-run drivers.
GoPro 7 (Optional, to record)
If you want to record your Uber or Lyft conversations like me, there's no better option than to GoPro:
GoPro microphone adapter
If you want audio on your GoPro you need an official GoPro audio adapter.
Short-cut menu on Phone
If you're switching between Uber and Lyft and Google Maps or Waze, you need to set up your phone for these short-cuts. You should be able to access them quickly without looking at your phone for 3 seconds.
In conversation, I keep the music off. But on other times, or when the passenger doesn't want to talk, have music ready to go. Don't spend time looking for a station. Have it set up, or have your playlist ready.
God forbid somebody spills something or is about to throw up. Have a plastic bag ready just in case.
Get a Gas Card
Stick with a favorite gas station so you could reap the rewards as a consistent customer. Shell gas station has a deal for Lyft Drivers.