Hack Your Ride: 6 Uber Features You Need To Know
Brooke Tucker-Reid, Lifestyle Writer Are you making the most of your Uber app? I’ve recently stumbled upon a few features I wish I knew existed earlier. Some are useful and others are just plain interesting. For instance, have you ever wondered what your passenger rating was? Read on.
How to check your passenger rating
I consider myself a pretty good Uber passenger. I rarely make them wait, I’m a decent conversationalist, and I’ve never puked in the back seat after a night out. I was pretty pleased with my 4.8/5 rating! To check your rating, open up the Uber app and tap the menu button in the top-left corner. Next, make the following selections: Help > Account and payment > Account settings and ratings > I’d like to know my rating > Submit. Hope you aren’t too shocked.
No one likes to wait
If you’re rushing to apply that final coat of mascara before getting out the door to catch your Uber who arrived sooner than you thought, you may start getting charged. If drivers have to wait two minutes, they’ll be able to run the meter.
Choose your tunes
Most Uber drivers are pretty good about asking you what kind of music you’d like to hear. Uber is now enabling passengers to take it one step further by allowing you to connect to the car’s sounds system through Pandora. All you need is the app, a connection (Bluetooth, AUX, or USB), then hit play in the top left corner of the Uber map.
You can still get free rides
When Uber first launched, I remember seeing free ride promos everywhere. Now that it has really caught on, I don’t see free rides marketed as much. As long as everyone you know doesn’t already use Uber, you can still get a free ride ($20 credit) for inviting new users. My parents just started using the ride sharing service for instance, so when I set up their apps for them, I was sure to give myself the credit. Thanks Mom and Dad!
Payment profiles = streamlined billing
Uber now gives you the ability to have up to ten users on the same account. This feature is useful for workplaces who want to use the same credit card to charge Uber rides, or for covering family members’ fare. Here’s the path to create a payment profile: Settings>Add a Family/Business Profile. All you have to do is invite your family members or coworkers via your phone contacts.
Uber crushes customer service
Most of us love ride sharing. It’s cheaper, convenient and transparent. However, if you have a legitimately bad ride, contact Uber Support via the app or social media. If your experience wasn’t the norm, Uber customer service is super quick to get back to you and they will usually offer a small credit to your account to make it right.
What Uber features will we see next?
Uber in South Africa is currently piloting a panic button feature as well as an in-vehicle SOS button for drivers. Bostonians are able to schedule their Uber rides in advance from as little as 30 minutes to as long as 30 days. Just a few weeks ago, Uber’s driverless cars took to the road in Pittsburgh (engineers in tow just in case). Are there more Uber how-tos that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know on Twitter