Uber Dope: Navigation Tips

Driving for Uber comes with a lot. One thing that will benefit all drivers is a strong sense of direction. Also, being familiar with your surroundings will be a big help. Understanding the overall flow of traffic in particular areas can save a lot of time on a trip. However, this is not always as easy as it seems.

Uber Navigation

Uber does not always provide the best directions to get to locations. Drivers will have to rely heavily on GPS systems and programs to ensure that they will be able to deliver riders to their destination. For some drivers, such as myself, that drive in areas that they do not live in, run into a host of issues. When you are driving in unfamiliar territory, it is easy to get lost. This is also an easy way to get a low rating on your driving and prolong the trip.

Uber has navigation built into the app, but it takes you out-of-the-way most times. The Uber navigation does not update or give shortcuts, show traffic, or offer alternative routes. This is a great way to take long trips but it can also be problematic for drivers and riders. This is the default navigation tool that Uber sends drivers out with. Without knowledge of this, most drivers will continue to use this service.

Google Maps

Rider pins are not always dropped at the location of the rider. Sometimes the rider pin is at an adjacent location and you appear to have arrived. The rider is then notified and they come looking for you and you sit and look for them. Then one of you decides that you have waited long enough and calls the other. Once you finally get connected, that’s when the trip really begins.

This app is a complete waste of space in Uber. Google maps uses longitudinal and latitudinal points to navigate. This means that a location could be listed at a particular point on the earth and still be incorrect for the destination. Riders are unaware of how poor this app works through Uber. Most drivers will end up learning the hard way about this app. More times than not, it will take you to a destination that is different from the actual start or end point.


I am not sure why this app was not used as the default app. It works very well. I would recommend Waze to anyone that needs to use a navigation app. It provides a great deal of information for commuters. It updates traffic changes, notifies drivers of upcoming construction zones and even shows reported police. This app helps Uber drivers get to riders and destinations very quickly. The app constantly searches for routes that avoid traffic and reduce time.

The app provides street views, gives landmarks, and remains very specific with instruction. There are very little issues when driving with Waze. Uber drivers and riders alike have spoken very highly of this app and its convenience. I wish that I would have known about it sooner than I did but I am happy that I know about it now.

It all boils down to being willing to get things wrong. Each driver will have to be willing to make a wrong turn a few times in order to learn not to do it again. Driving with Uber is an ongoing learning process. Drivers will have to work hard to become familiar with their driving surroundings. When traveling to new areas, be sure to look at a map of the area prior to heading out. Try each of the apps and see how they work for you. Until next time…stay #UberDope

What do you think?