If you’re thinking of becoming a rideshare driver, you may have an uncertainty of what you should carry in your car. It’s important to create a pleasant experience for you and your rider, with safety in mind, so that you can benefit from higher profits and ratings. Before you pick-up your first passenger, here are 30 items you should always have in your car, even when you’re not on-duty.
For Your Drive
A phone mount ensures the safety of your passengers. It’s there to hold your device in the right position so you won’t be distracted by messages and make it easier to navigate without cramping your neck.
Notebook and Pen
Whether it’s for networking with your riders or taking down insurance information after a minor fender bender, these tools are essential.
For those moments when you need to take a break and stretch your legs or escort a rider to your car on a rainy day. An oversized umbrella is an easy way to get a five-star rating!
Although a lot of states are eliminating cash toll options, EZ-passes save a lot of time from waiting in traffic. For the tolls that aren’t equipped with sensors and cameras, you can still pay many tolls with good old-fashioned cash!
For your Passengers
If you really want to win the hearts of passengers, offer to charge their phones. Keep a couple different (iPhone and Android) chargers and charging blocks handy in the back seat. You can find cheap charging options here.
Not everyone likes to listen to Despacito during their commute, offer your passengers the option to opt out and play their music for the ride. They’ll appreciate it.
If you’re picking up passengers who have had too much to drink, a bottle of water or a peppermint can help settle their stomachs. It’s also a nice gesture and an easy way to spark conversation with your riders.
In the event that a passenger needs to throw up in your car, save yourself a headache and offer them a vomit bag. They’ll avoid damage fees and you’ll avoid a messy cleanup.
Whether it’s cold or allergy season, cater to your passengers if you notice they have the sniffles.
Hand Sanitizer and Lotion
Keep some hand sanitizer or lotion in the backseat cup holder for your passengers to use. Everyone likes to keep clean!
Tire Changing Supplies
Before you hit the road, make sure you have a spare tire along with a lug wrench, tire jack, and some good ole’ WD-40, because without any of these, the spare tire is pointless. Here’s a helpful guide on how to change your flat tire.
For small air leaks and punctures, a tire sealant like Fix-A-Flat can help prevent the problem from getting worse.
When the car battery dies in the middle of the night, you’ll be happy you packed this – which leads us to our next must-have item…
A dead battery can take you by surprise. Don’t rely on a someone to pull over and supply you with jumper cables. Just in case you need a refresher, here’s a crash course on how to jump-start your car.
You never know when this will come in handy. This little instructional book has the information you need to operate your particular model’s features. Before you read the owner’s manual front to back, here’s a list of the 10 Most Important Things in Your Car Owner’s Manual.
Tires need air? No problem! Once you locate a gas station nearby that gauge you purchased will come in handy when you’re at the compressor. Gauges come in plenty of digital and basic options, here are a few that will get the job done.
For every temporary break, duct tape is an excellent tool for patching – we call it roadside first aid! Don’t just take our word for it, here are 28 ways you can use duct tape to fix your car.
If you run out of gas on the return trip home, an empty gas can is your saving grace. Once you locate the nearest walkable gas station, fill it up and head on your way.
If your engine ever catches fire you’ll have an extinguisher handy. In instances like these there are smaller, more portable options. Here are some that we found.
You should always do your best to be prepared for a medical emergency. A first-aid kit serves as a basic resource until further medical help arrives. You can purchase pre-made first-aid kits online, or create your own. Here’s what your kit should look like.
Granted if you live in Florida, you can ignore this, but for drivers that live in colder climates, a snow shovel can dig you out of some chilly situations. Here are some compact car shovels that take up less space in your vehicle.
The first time someone gets sick in your car, you want to be prepared. You can make up to $1,500 in cleaning fees by cleaning up yourself instead of paying for a professional service. Don’t lose a night of work – pick up these items the next time you’re at the store.