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If you live in one of the top 5 cities for using Uber in the US (or even if you don’t), chances are you’re using this ridesharing app. Whether you’re a traveler, a 9-5 worker, or a partier, everyone uses Uber. But have you checked up on your Uber etiquette lately? There are some guidelines and do’s and don’ts to follow to ensure that you and the driver have a successful trip. Uber actually has list of Uber Rider Pro Tips to help make your first a little smoother, whether it’s your first time or 100th time riding.

DO make sure you’re getting in the right uber. Double check that the licenses plate number and photo on your phone screen matches the driver IRL. Confirm his or her name and tell your driver your’s as well. If the name and plate don’t match what your app suggests, don’t get in, cancel the ride, and report it to Uber.

DON’T pile into one vehicle. Don’t be those people who try to fit 9 people in the Uber clown car style. The driver and riders can both get in big trouble or you’ll waste time waiting for another car. Instead, request two cars from the beginning and use the split-fare feature to share costs.

DON’T leave your driver waiting for too long. Drivers’ time is extremely valuable and you don’t want to keep them waiting for more than 10 minutes. Wait until you’re ready or nearly ready to request, not when you’re just hoping in the shower.

DO be respectful of your driver. Even with the crazy traffic and unexpected construction, your driver is working hard to get that 5 star rating. Don’t raise your voice or use strong language because you’re running late. No eating, drinking, or smoking in your Uber.

DO leave some extra time if you decide to Pool. UberPool is a great way to save a little cash. But it can also take a little bit of extra time. Maybe just take it on the way home from work instead of to work or leave a little extra time.

DO be conscious of the other passengers. If you do decide to use Pool, be considerate of the other passengers. Don’t loudly talk on the phone, uncomfortably blast the AC or try to strike up a political conversation. You don’t want your usually quite ride to turn into a cat fight.

DON’T ask your driver to drop you off in area where this is not permitted. Wait until there is a curb or an easy place for them to pull off so you can get out. Don’t just say “this is fine” and hop out in the middle of traffic.

DO check for all of your items before you leave the ride. Make sure that you have all of your personal belongings before you get out of the car. Nothing is worse than coming home from a night out with no jacket. But if you leave something, Uber puts a link at the bottom of your email receipt with instructions to retrieve your item.

DO rate your riding experience. Uber relies on your feedback to evaluate their driver partners. Rate your driver based on their performance and quality of service. And remember that the drivers have absolutely nothing to do with the fare.

DON’T be that girl or guy. You know the one’s who’s totally wasted in the Uber. I don’t think I need to go into any more detail.

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