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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ridesharing users must show courtesy

Ridesharing drivers face many challenge picking up ride sharing users. There are many instances where passengers position themselves in tough locations. As a result of this, ridesharing drivers may risk getting a bus parking ticket. Passengers should show diligence when choosing a pickup point.

Ridesharers are putting drivers in tough predicaments. These passengers expect drivers to rush them to work, meetings and interviews. They request their driver to run all yellow lights. The pressure to reach a destination is shifted to the driver, which is extremely unfair.

Passengers make poor decisions via their ride requests. Market Street pickups are possibly the worst pickup locations in San Francisco. Once a driver passes the rider on Market St, then a 1 minute pickup becomes a 10-12 minute detour. The passenger will cancel this ride since the driver is now further away. Driving on Market Street is nightmare during the daytime. There are too many buses, pedestrians, cars, and bicyclists on this busy downtown street. To avoid conflict, use Market and across street such as 1-11th streets for ride pickups.

Another problem involves a pickup near bus stops. The rider stands right in front of the bus stop where the driver is put at risk of getting s bus citation. This ticket can put the driver in a severely bad situation. It takes a driver about 3 days to pay for this type of ticket (bus parking violation). Riders should avoid putting pickup locations at bust stops. It is recommended to choose a spot that is easiest for both parties.

Ridesharers should try to be ready as quickly as possible. Making a driver wait 20-25 minutes may put them at risk of getting a ticket for double parking, especially when blocking traffic on busy roads such as Franklin, California, Market, Mission, Lombard and Geary. As a passenger, please do your best to be ready within 5 minutes so your driver is not put in a bad position.

If you don't want your driving talking to you, tell them if they don't mind if you relax. Your drivers are not mind readers, so they can't predict whether you are social or antisocial. Rating your driver low for talking is ridiculous. Be responsible to inform your driver you want quiet time because you had a long day at work. Some passengers have rated their drivers a "1" for talking to them. If the driver knew who gave them a "1," they should be able to return the same score. However, drivers must rate right away and this process enables the passenger to monitor their score and rate accordingly. For the most part, the rider has the advantage in the rating game.

Don't expect your driver to answer your calls right way. They are driving on public roads, which talking on the phone can create an unsafe situation. Think about how you would feel if your driver took a phone call while driving you. Complaining about drivers who don't answer calls to respective ride sharing companies may result in deactivation. Since drivers depend on their driving jobs to survive, your complaint on a phone matter can severely impact them.

Treat people as you would want to be treated. If you dish out a low rating, a driver deserves a fair opportunity to return a bad score. Don't rate your driver low for another passenger taking your ride. Be mindful of the situation in hand because your influence may cost your driver money, time, and their job.