Do you ever question your Uber driver for driving under the speed limit? What is the line between cautious and too slow?
I was recently on a fairly long (100km) Uber journey in a place in which the speed limit was 120km/hr. Nevertheless. the driver limited his speed to 100km/hr. I’m not sure if he thought that was the limit, but there were frequent road signs stating 120km/hr and his car noted the speed limit, which also said 120km/hr.
Nevertheless, we inched along on a fairly empty highway as other cars zoomed by us.
I was working in the backseat and decided not to speak up. First of all, there was a language barrier—the driver did not speak English or German. Second, I had plenty of time. Third, I was on a phone call. Perhaps another reason I did not speak up was because I did not want a bad rating from the driver, though I’m not sure Uber ratings matter all that much and mine seems permanently stuck at 4.88.
But I did find it curious–he reminded me of my father, who typically drives well-under the speed limit to be cautious and maximize his fuel economy. Was he just trying to conserve fuel? The rate was pre-negotiated; it’s not like I was being billed by the minute by Uber.
Have any of you ever told your Uber driver to step on it? I remember one time I was very late to a flight at LAX and had to make a journey across town in rush hour that usually takes about 60 minutes. When I told the Uber driver what time I was departing, he broke many traffic rules to get me to the airport in about 35 minutes. I was simply amazed and tipped him well, though his swerving lane changes were definitely not appropriate. I never told him to break the speed limit, but I guess that was implied by my urgency in reaching the airport as quickly as possible.
This was a totally different situation. But even without urgency, I do not understand why anyone would choose to drive 100km/hr when the speed limit is 120km/hr.
There have been many instances in which Uber drivers have recklessly exceeded the speed limit and made my very uncomfortable. I’d much rather have this problem…
Would you have spoken up to the slow Uber driver? What would you say? To any Uber drivers, what would be your reason for driving slower than the posted speed limit?