Question: Do You Tip Uber Drivers?

Answer: Tipping is not a requirement on the Uber platform. However, according to Uber service policy since drivers are independent contractors, they can ask for a tip. At this time, tips are not part of the payment you make at the end of your ride. If you decide to tip it will be at your own discretion and your driver will be happy to accept.

Update: Since last year Uber has started rolling out the feature for riders to tip drivers via the app at the end of each trip. The tip came be billed on your credit card or whatever payment method you have on file. If this feature is available in your city, the rider will have the option to add a tip at the time they rate the driver’s service. There are no extra fees to tip. If the option is not available to tip via the app, then you are welcomed to tip your driver with cash.

Tips are NOT automatically included in the fare. You must take the extra step to give your driver a tip.

Please understand this is different for UberTAXI rides. In cities where there is an option to book with a licensed Yellow Cab, you do have the choice to set a gratuity percentage that can be added to your trip fare. But, do not get this confused with the other car services because you cannot add gratuity – only UberTAXI. With UberTAXI you can go in to your account and set the gratuity between 0% to 30% It’s already set at 20% by default.

While conventionally we are use to tipping, it is a different ballgame when it come to ridesharing and especially with Uber. The payment for your ride takes place on an app and you may assume that a tip is already included (but it is not), however, you can manually add a tip at the end of the ride when you rate your driver.

Some riders are not aware that they can tip, but just know, tips are welcome and most cities (if not all by now) have this option via the app to do so.

If this has been giving you headaches, now you know.

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