Driving In The Gig Economy? Important Tips For New Drivers

In a capricious economy, it’s safe to say that the job market just ain’t what it used to be. All of the perks that previous generations took for granted like job security, upward mobility, a good pension and wage progression appear to be quaint anachronisms these days. In the age of zero-hours contracts, wage repression and public sector pay freezes it’s little wonder why legions of men and women choose to take their economic well being into their own hands by turning their skills and resources to the gig economy. Whether you’re letting out your spare room on Airbnb, delivering fast food on your bicycle for Deliveroo or Uber eats or using your car as a taxi, there are a range of ways in which you can make your hard work and endeavour pay off either as a side hustle alongside your job or as a full-time wage. If, however, you choose to take to your car as a passenger or goods driver to make a living in the gig economy, here are some tips to make sure that your journey starts off in the best possible way…

First, ensure that your vehicle is fit for purpose

Before you make the decision to make use of your car in this way, it’s essential to remember that not every car is built to be an Uber or Amazon logistics vehicle. This job will likely involve a lot of short sprints of driving in major conurbations. That means that diesel drivers may be out of luck. Driving in this way day after day will likely lead to huge soot deposits in your Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Without the opportunity to purge them with a long sprint in a low gear, this can lead to clogs and faults with your DPF. Hybrid and electric vehicles, however, are perfect for work of this kind.

 

Safety trumps punctuality every time

As tempting as it may be at times to get some lead in your foot and sprint to your destination for the sake of making good time, this inevitably comes at the expense of your ability to drive safely. And whether you’re ferrying people or cargo, safety should be your highest priority. Be mindful of road signs and speed limits, give HGVs a wide berth unless you have a great truck accident lawyer on speed dial and make sure that you’re alert well fed and well hydrated at all times. This all ties into…

 

Nothing is more important than your reputation

When you make a living in the gig economy, the app or service provider you use will invariably have a ratings system to build accountability and to acknowledge your achievements. These can help you build a sterling reputation for yourself as can social media buzz like LinkedIn recommendations. Your reputation can make all the difference between getting the top tier clients and customers who’ll rate you highly and tip generously, and struggling to find work.

 

Smile… It may just be your most powerful weapon

Finally, we don’t see enough smiles on the road anymore these days… And that’s a real shame. When you make a living on the road, a smile can be your greatest defence. It can prevent another road user from taking their road rage out on you. It can disarm a passenger who might otherwise prove a nightmare and it can prevent a potential situation from escalating. Don’t be afraid to use this powerful weapon at will!