Have you ever heard the phrase get the right tool for the job? Well, that’s what this page is for, helping you get the right tools to help you be the best Rideshare Driver you can be. Below is a list of electronics, goods and other recommended items to help make your job as a Lyft Rideshare driver way easier.
The items below are not required for you to be a Rideshare Driver but just help in the gig. If you want a full list of requirements to be a Lyft Rideshare Driver check out our review for Lyft. On the items below if you choose to buy them we at WerkQuik make a small percentage of each purchase. They however are not anymore expensive then they would typically be. If you have any questions please see our full disclosures.
So that you do not have to waste a ton of time reading through this page we do have a glossary below and for most items, we will give multiple item suggestions. In our reviews, we only give 5 but like a preacher, on Thursday night we time now lol. This is from our expertise in the gig economy, we believe these are the best products you could choose.
Recommended Items For Lyft Rideshare Drivers
- Automotive Accessories
-Covers & Mats
– Driver Comfort & Support
-Safety & Utility
- Bluetooth Headsets
- Car Charges & Cables
- Car Maintenance
- Cleanliness & Hygiene
– Basic Clean Items
– Interior Deep Clean
– Exterior Detail & Cleaning
– Scent Enhancement
- Dash Cams
- Educational Items
- Personal Protection
- Phone Mounts
- Rain Protection Gear / Umbrella
- Revenue generation
1. Automotive Accessories
Covers & Mats
Since nearly all of your time with rideshare will be driving its smart to make it an enjoyable experience. Here are a few car accessories that will keep your car cool and clean.
The worst thing about driving in the summer is the heat and especially burning your hand on a burning hot steering wheel. This cover is great for keeping your steering wheel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Plus being black & white it goes with most everything.
These seat covers help keep your car clean and protect your seats. Also, it goes with the steering wheel cover!
Floor mats are essential in keeping your car clean with any gig economy job. These affordable and versatile mats can be used with Uber, Lyft and pretty much any other gig you try. The price on these are killer too.
Driver Comfort & Support
Driving for many can be exhausting and if you think about it doing an 8-hour shift can be equivalent to driving from Cleveland, OH to New York City, New York. Making sure you are comfortable while driving can be super important. These cushions can help with body support while driving.
Safety & Utility
Never lose your keys again!
The worst feeling is not being able to find your keys when you get like a 5x multiplier ride and tearing your house apart. Attach a tile tracking device to your keys and you will know where they are 24/7. I personally hate the idea of being tracked but you are already tracked by your cell phone company this is just letting you get an advantage from that tracking.
In the unfortunate case that your car’s battery is down having jumper cables is imperative. This case from AAA has jumper cables, first aid equipment, and even a basic flashlight. This is great to have in your car.
The first aid will likely be helpful as you never know how people are entering your car. They could be bruised and beaten.
Now I come from the Midwest in Ohio and its snow season pretty much November till April. If you get a call early in the morning before you can clean off your car you will either be pretty late or driving pretty dangerously until your heat knocks off the ice. That is until now. This scrape A Round ice scraper thing is absolutely awesome. This is an absolute necessity if you live north of the Mason Dixon Line.
Talking about the cold if your car breaks down and its cold that’s no good. So here’s a blanket you could keep in your car. I’ve always done this for this reason and in case I go on a long drive my passenger can sleep. I’m just really a big blankets fan. These are some of my favorite kinds of blankets too.
2. Bluetooth Headsets
Honestly one of the best inventions ever. Growing up in the ’90s & ’00s these were viewed as absurdly nerdy but they are SUPER convenient! Plus now these Bluetooth devices are perceived as less nerdy as they’ve become cooler and slicker. Finally, these make it so you can use your phone for a GPS while talking to someone.
Below are my suggestions for Bluetooth headsets.
I personally think these headsets are great and the ease of communication is super easy. It makes calling people on the road and super legal as well in authoritarian states that outlaw talking the phone while driving.
This is cool because you could talk to a friend or loved one with picking up scooters and not have to put them on speaker phone or fumble around not using your app.
If you are into small one ear Bluetooth headphones these are the ones for you. Personally, I don’t trust them as they are too small and can’t go both ears. However, I have used Plantronics before in sales. I figure if they are making headsets for sales then all their headsets are probably pretty good.
Finally, if you are an Apple fanboy I can say Apple AirPods are actually really cool. The sound with these bad boys are great and they are barely detectable. In addition, these AirPods are charged simply by putting them back in their case. This version’s case is pretty bland but you can get really cool looking skins to make it your own.
Here is an example of AirPod skins that are also protective cases so you don’t get that signature broken Apple product look (lol). If you don’t like the look of this skin click here for a full list.
3. Car Charges & Cables
One thing you want to make sure about is your phone doesn’t die while doing rideshare driving. If it does it can be very problematic as you can’t end a ride or pick up new rides (obviously). Having a car charger and cords will help you make sure your phone doesn’t die. In addition, having one of every cord makes getting tips a lot easier.
In addition, car chargers are super important for other gig economy jobs as well so it’s a good investment. Below are the charger and three types of cords, USB, USB type C & iPhone cords. Plus a super-cord with all the outlets in one!
USB C cable
This is for newer android phone and ironically newer Apple laptops too.
This is for newer Apple iPhones
This for older android phones and many common older Bluetooth headphones.
Supercord – All Outlets
This can be very helpful for having all outlets however your Cargo vending machine does have other charging cords in it so it could cut into sales.
Many new phones do not have aux ports (looking at you iPhones) but many do and if I had to rely strictly on the radio for entertainment I’d go mad. Below are some items for entertainment you should consider when doing Lyft.
Aux Cord For iPhone
Obviously this is not a cord, however, this will act like an aux cord so people with iPhones can listen to music in older cars without Bluetooth integration.
4. Car Maintenance
Below are a few basic items for super basic car maintenance you should have. You may already have these and if so that is fine also for a few of these you can get by with not buying them and using local options for much cheaper or free. I will provide that info below.
Below is an air compressor, they are very handy. This air compressor can be used to power certain tools and to fill up your tire pressure. For filling your tires you can also do it for free (or like $0.50) at some tire places and gas stations. However, those can often be broke or low quality.
Also, make sure you have windshield wiper fluid, this is a good deal on some.
5. Cleanliness & Hygiene
First impressions are made within a few seconds and a good smell can set a good impression for the whole trip, meaning more tips. Having a clean car can make getting a 5-star rating super simple and supercharge your tips.
With this please remember if people make a mess in your car please report it before you clean it. It is not your job to be a maid. If someone makes a mess in your car you get a cleaning fee which can range from $20 or up to $250. This comes to you without the Lyft fee taken out. That way if the mess is really bad (someone barfs in your car or worse) you can hire a professional to clean the mess.
Basic Cleaning Items
These are essential items to have in your car for good cleanliness and hygiene. The wipes are for small messes inside and out. The vacuum is awesome as it can grab crumbs from chips or sparkles from a messy party goer. The barf bags are obviously for barf.
Interior Deep Clean
Interior car cleanings can be very expensive. Below are a few items for doing interior deep cleans of your car.
This specific cleaner below is more for spot cleaning inside and out.
This item is an air powered cleaning device if you have an air compressor I highly recommend one of these. If you want an air compressor check in the car maintenance section above for a good one. The cleaner below is one you can put into this cleaning tool.
Exterior Detail & Cleaning
Car details and cleaning can become very expensive plus it’s not terribly hard to do a basic detail. Here are some tools to help you do a car wash and detail of your own car without paying a monthly car wash membership.
Remember these scents are enhancers of smell. They are improvements of good smell and not always remedies for bad smells. If your car truly smells a deep clean may be needed first.
The long-term scent program I suggest is with Essential Oils. The hippy-dippy crowd suggests they have medical effects I just like the smell and they do have stress relieving properties. Essential Oils will have a higher sstart-upcost but lower cost over time. With essential oils, you will need a car diffuser, scent packs (two come with the diffusers) & the essential oils. Let me note the essential oils listed are expensive but that is due to their concentration producing a better smell and the number of oils. Since you are getting 14 you are getting each bottle for a little over $4, a great deal.
A short-term solution which is much more plug and chug are just these Febreze scents.
Sometimes the best tool you have is the one you wear. Having the right clothes on can help you a lot with Lyft it can be a silent billboard for getting you a tip. Below are two pretty funny shirts promoting giving you a tip.
7. Dash Cams
In sales, we call it CYOA (Cover Your Own Ass), make sure you are not at fault and that’s what a dash cam is good for. With a Dashcam, you will have video evidence of a crash to prove your innocence. Dash Cams are particularly important in rideshare as your passengers can say you did anything in the world to them in a baseless claim. This gives you evidence to rebuke those claims and keep your name clear.
The model below is an entry level Dashcam.
Below is an upgraded model. It is a higher end but as my dad always said, you get what you pay for. With this Dash Cam, you will get a higher quality video, more discreet video and wide lens which covers nearly the whole road.
8. Educational Items
With most Gig economy jobs you generally have a little bit of time to sit around in between runs or orders. With Lime, this is true as well but you will most likely be sitting at home. Here are some books you can read while sitting at home waiting for the scooters to charge.
Below are some books to help you get more tips and really are great for your life. If you read this you should be able to get higher tips and genuinely live a happier life
This is a book I recommend to 100% of my friends in relationships and often to random strangers. If you could read one book on relationships this would be it. Used copies are as cheap as $3.99 and if you hate reading there is a FREE audiobook on youtube.
My ultimate recommendation for a book is the Bible. Even if you’re not a Christian you owe it to yourself to understand what’s going on with your soul. I found this version on Amazon for under $3 new and under $1 used. If you want a FREE bible click this link.
In case you drop something in your car and have to find it or just need to see something in the dark. Flashlights are a good item to have in your car.
This Flashlight is very well rated on Amazon and pretty affordable. If you lose flashlights a lot you might want to get this so its not a big deal if you lose it.
If you are looking for a super powerful Flashlight this is for you. While this Flashlight is a little more expensive it will probably be the last you will ever need to buy.
10. Personal Protection
I personally believe the gig economy is very safe but if you’re in a shady neighborhood you may feel safer caring some protection. I am a very strong supporter of the 2nd amendment and believe the only person that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy (or gal) with a gun. However, not everyone feels comfortable with a firearm so below are some products you can use for protection.
You never know who will be getting in your car so these tools can be helpful to put you at ease and defend yourself in case anything happens.
This list is from most affordable to most expensive however all are good.
First on the list is your typical mace spray. Mace is really no joke and will take down or at least stop a pretty big foe. However, there is not a ton of intimidation factor. The first product is very affordable (under $10) for you cheapasses (lol) and the second one is a little more expensive but a better brand (in my opinion).
Second is a little more expensive and it’s essentially mace but this Mace looks like a gun. The orange tip signals to law enforcement it’s not a real gun but most criminals most likely won’t be so in the know. Many times just pulling a gun is enough to intimidate would-be attackers to flee so the gun resemblance really adds to the defensive value.
My final suggestion might come as a shock to you (pun fully intended) but I can guarantee its steep price tag carries a lot of value. Pepper spray will hurt an attacker but if someone is trained and pretty big it might not take them down. With this taser, the biggest of guys are going down plus the gun resemblance really adds to the defensive value
11. Phone Mounts
Gotta tell the truth personally I don’t use phone mounts when I drive. So I’m not even taking my own medicine (lol). I’m just a merc. If you’ll buy it I’m willing to sell it.
All jokes aside tho phone mounts aren’t for everyone but for those not born with a phone in their hand they are very helpful. Here are a few of my suggestions based on my research of phone mounts.
Air Vent Clip Mount
This first phone mount is placed in your air vents with a vice grip like device. This should make it fairly stable and it’s pretty affordable. With a 4.5 star rating, I’m guessing they work pretty well.
I’m not a big phone mount fan but I know a lot of people are. I think this looks like a great phone mount and the reviews are very good (4.5/5). This mount, in particular, seems super easy to use and remove your phone from. This help as its easy to take your phone down to put in an address then set it back to drive on.
One customer went as far to say “This is the best idea for cell phones since sliced bread.”
12. Rain Protection Gear / Umbrella
Having an Umbrella is always helpful in the Midwest. However, I lose umbrellas everytime I buy one so I also included a suggestion for you to buy a tile to attach to the umbrella.
13. Revenue Generation
I can personally say one of my favorite parts of Lyft/Uber/rideshare is the unlimited money making and networking potential. The person you are driving could be your next best friend, client or employer. So while people are in your car it is super important you make the most of each moment.
I personally believe you should treat the ride revenue as a base and see how you can increase that through sales. This is exactly why I made a section for WerkQuik called Additional Income Opportunities. Below are some items you can sell and apps you can use to sell.
Apps To Sell With
Cargo is essentially a vending machine for your Lyft and is essential to have in your car. People are always in the buying mood and Cargo lets you make money off that buying mood. On average Cargo drivers make $100 more per month, the top 10% tho make $300 more per month. That’s a lot of dough, sign up below to make more money with Cargo.
Its free to get started too and you don’t pay for inventory!
Cash app is an app you can use to send and receive cash easily. This is super conveint for selling gatorade or tylenol. The cash app is owned by Square so its backed by a pretty big company.
Venmo is a rival to Cash App and also allows you to send and receive money easily. Having both is important so you don’t sales of your goods. Venmo is owned by PayPal so another big company.
Items To Retail
People always have headaches and Tylenol doesn’t go bad. Keep a pack of these in your car and sell them for $3-5 a piece. Three to five Tylenol pay for the whole pack.
This Gatorade costs you $5. Sell these for $1-$2 a piece and you are making a profit of $3-$11. You can keep these in your truck, they don’t go bad, aren’t carbonated and don’t rival your Cargo vending machine.
My day job is actually in sales and I can say you rarely get a sale you do not ask for. People don’t like spending money and it is much cheaper to give you a “compliment” in the app then actually tip you.
A tip jar is a subtle request for a tip and this tip jar is lit so it is easily visible. However, it does not lock to keep it in the front with you.
A little bit of additional sales info for you is the more asks you can get the higher chance you can get a sale. What you are selling in this instance is you getting a tip. These signs help you get an additional ask for tips and a 5-star rating.
As many rideshare drivers know someone finding your car can sometimes be a bit hard. With this light that will no longer be an issue. Plus the added credibility will put passengers at ease knowing you are their driver.
I’ve included two signs. One is an exclusively Lyft sign and the other has both just in case you choose do both rideshare companies you won’t have to be constantly switching signage.