With this post, I’m inaugurating a new feature here on RideshareTips.com: occasional nuggets of wisdom I’ve unearthed while driving for Uber and Lyft.
Tip #1 is primarily aimed at drivers and stems from an incident early in my ridesharing career. I picked up a young couple at a fashionable restaurant, relatively early on a weekend night, and just before we started to embark on the trip, the woman said “Wait! I need to go back to my car.”
She’d left her keys or something, and I didn’t pay much attention as she exited my car and ran toward her vehicle down the street.
“Oh shit!” her companion said. “She just wiped out.”
I didn’t catch her face-planting, but she insisted she wasn’t drunk when she got to the car, and she was actually one of the more sober passengers that night. But the fall had ripped her outfit, bruised her pride, and scraped her in a couple spots to the point of drawing blood.
“Do you have a Band-Aid or something?” she asked.
Of course! Not only did I have a Band-Aid; I had an entire first-aid kit at her disposal!
I love to camp, hike, bike, and do other stuff in the outdoors, so I’ve always been good about carrying at least a minimum of first-aid supplies. To be honest, I have a much greater chance of using them while driving because it’s the riskiest thing most of us do.
Years ago, I went through a certification as a wilderness first responder, but since then, the only times I’ve ever put my first aid training to use have been at the scenes of motor vehicle accidents.
But you can get by with a simple, homemade kit: at least throw a bunch of Band-Aids into a ziploc bag!