Uber drivers grind every day for a 5-star rating from their riders. Whether it’s offering candies or water bottles, many Uber drivers have different way to improve a rider’s experience.
There is one strategy, however, that is causing more of a stink than you would think. And what’s that? Air fresheners.
According to an article from The Atlantic, there has been a lot of negative feedback on Twitter surrounding the nauseating and overpowering scent that some air fresheners emit. Some riders have aired their disgust on the internet, and many more riders with sensitivities to scent have joined in the conversation.
Our Uber literally had 15 Black Ice air fresheners hanging from his rear view mirror. FIFTEEN? Bro, what are you hiding!? pic.twitter.com/XAcROODdrY
— Andrea Wurzburger (@a_wurzburger) February 25, 2018
My Lyft driver REALLY likes those air fresheners. I’m dying, it’s so overpowering, headache, ack… pic.twitter.com/f569V0Atnm
— Joseph Pierini (@jpierini) September 22, 2017
Recently, Uber introduced a feature on the app that allows riders to choose if they would like a “quiet” ride, which would imply absolute silence for the duration of the trip. Now, riders are hoping that Uber and Lyft will be adding a feature that would allow riders to skip on rides that contain air fresheners in them.
While overwhelming scents can be hazardous for people who have allergies or asthma, are we being too picky now? If you are to take public transit, you will be exposed to many scents that are completely out of the control of the transit system. Passengers of subways, buses, trains and airplanes are all subject to being exposed to many scents, so why cause such a fuss when taking a short trip with Uber? We are often put together with strangers, so is this something we are just meant to accept?
In the meanwhile, the consensus on Twitter is to remove the air-fresheners. But how about this — instead of adding air-fresheners in your vehicles to mask a not-so-great odor, why not try cleaning your car for a real fresh scent?