A question many will ask or feel just isn’t necessary.
But let me ask you this.
Do you tip your waiter, your pizza delivery guy, your favorite cashier at Starbucks, or what about your taxicab drivers (which cost more than Uber without the tip)?
While America is a huge tipping economy, it seems Uber drivers will get the short end of the stick.
Some passengers will come up with an excuse as in,
“Oh, Uber claims the tip is already included.”
“Oh, Uber says tipping isn’t necessary.”
But those people with those kinds of excuses, have you ever thought logically about your fare?
If you take a short ride and only get charged the minimum fare, which is usually only $5, How much of a tip do you expect your driver to get from Uber for such a low fare?
Let’s think about this for a minute.
You’re 10 minutes away from your driver. You usually make your driver wait 5 minutes before you get in. And then it takes 7 minutes to get to your destination.
That’s 22 minutes of driving for a $5 fare.
Uber needs a cut of the commission for themselves as well.
So, now how much do you think Uber is gonna tip your driver for you?
Plus all the time he just spent picking you up and driving you safely to your destination.
Isn’t he providing you a service? The same kind of service that you use to tip your taxi drivers for?
What has changed?
Though this thought might’ve seemed a little bashful, I only mention it to try to open more people’s eyes to how an Uber driver might feel seeing as I am one myself.
But let me be clear.
I have never asked for a tip and never have brought it up in conversation without the passenger doing so first.
I want every rider to have a good experience when they are sitting in my car. and I would never want someone getting out feeling uncomfortable.
It’s just bad been business.
Even though I feel I have already given a valid point to why you should tip, below I am going to talk you about 5 more reasons why you should tip your Uber driver for their service.
A Driver Pays For Their Own Maintenance
When you get into an Uber vehicle it’s not just anybody’s car. It’s a vehicle owned by the driver. This driver also pays for their own maintenance on the car to make sure you have a safe, reliable ride.
As an independent contractor, drivers are responsible for all of the expenses of driving a vehicle.
There is no reimbursement from Uber and receiving some extra cash flow from the riders can go a long way to helping with cost.
Don’t forget About Gas
Just like maintenance, drivers are responsible for paying for their own gas. Luckily gas prices are at their lowest point in the last 7-8 years, but this doesn’t mean gas isn’t costly filling it up every day when driving.
If I can get $20 in tips my gas would be paid for, for at least that one day that I drove.
Uber Keeps Lowering The Fares
Every year Uber seems to cut prices down from the year before. This means rides are constantly becoming cheaper for the consumer and at the same time also means drivers are making less per hour.
Uber will sometimes go on to say that lower fares means more riders equaling more money for the driver.
This is just simply not true. It’s impossible to increase the amount of rides a driver can take per hour. If every ride averages 15-20 minutes, it will be the same whether there’s price cuts or not.
This would be the biggest reason why you should at least tip your drivers now if not before. It will help offset the lower fares by receiving money in tips.
Uber’s Cheaper Than A Taxi
Most people are aware of this, but still think they shouldn’t tip even though Uber’s cheaper. So, I wanted to put it in perspective on the price difference.
Uber vs. a Taxi that is.
I live outside of San Francisco. So, in this scenario I’m pretending I want to have a nice night out in the city and be able to drink.
So from my house it is approximately 44.2 miles and 59 minutes to the downtown area I decided to choose.
Going online and using a fare estimator for my taxi ride it would cost me $114.29 on the low end of the spectrum for my ride. This doesn’t even include tip which you would give at least another $15 for.
In total, my taxi ride would cost me about $130 for the hour ride.
Now, to compare with Uber, I did the same exact pick up and drop off location to have an equal comparison.
Using the Uber app to receive a Fare estimate for the ride, it would cost between $48-63 for the same exact ride that the taxi company was gonna charge me $114 for without tip.
This means I could literally get a round trip to San Francisco and back using Uber for the same price it would cost a taxi to take me only one way.
To compare this even more. If I was charged on the low end spectrum of Uber ($48), I could’ve taken a round trip ride with Uber ($98) and still saved close to $20 more than using a taxi to go one way.
You’re looking at saving 50-60% minimum taking an Uber over a taxi.
So, why not use some of the exponential savings and give your driver at least a small tip?
Uber’s Better Than A Taxi
If you’re using Uber then obviously that should mean you agree with me.
I get told all the time how Uber drivers are nicer, cars are cleaner, Uber comes quicker (we have all been there where we are told 30 minutes from the Taxi company and then it takes over an hour to show up), the overall experience is better.
So, in reality you should be paying a premium for Uber’s service since they are just so much better. But instead, you are basically stealing rides because it’s so dirt cheap.
Why not tip your driver for giving you a better experience?
While I’m sure I could come up with more reasons, I think at this point a reasonable person should understand my reasoning.
Everybody’s trying to make a living. I totally get it if your one of the people that have trouble affording a taxi as it is, and this is one of the reasons why you use Uber.
But just think about this for a minute. While tipping might mean you give more money out of your pocket, this also means you get to choose peoples wages. That’s the great thing about a tipping economy. If a person does a bad job, no tip will reflect that.
If this wasn’t a tipping economy then you would be paying higher prices without getting to choose to pay less for a bad service. So really, a tipping economy is what puts more money in a consumers pocket.
On top of that, tipping is what makes the quality of service better. It makes people work harder so they can get those extra few dollars.
If you don’t have cash on you, I understand (I wish Uber would add a tipping option on the app for convenience). But try to understand my point of view and maybe just carry a few dollars on you for the next time you decide to request an Uber ride.
If you disagree, leave me a comment below so I can argue with you.
P.S. If you’ve ever wondered why your passenger rating wasn’t a 5 star, it may be because a lot of Uber drivers like giving 4 stars when they don’t get a tip. Not saying that’s me, but there are driver communities that talk a lot about this stuff.