The simple thing I desperately need Uber drivers to stop doing.

When I see the words ‘your driver is known for great conversation‘ pop up on my Uber app, just below their number plate, I have two reactions.

The first, is to mutter ‘no, nononono, no’ over and over again.


The second is to cancel the trip and pretend like none of this ever happened.

I don't... want it.

My ultimate question is: What made Uber think anyone was on their app for great conversation? 

A bit of chit chat never hurt anyone, of course. I don't mind "Hello, how's your day going?" and some banter about the weather.


It's the Uber-driver-who-is-deathly-afraid-of-silence that gets me.

Running late to work earlier this week, I hopped into an Uber and was bombarded with about 45 questions about who I was and what I did and what I had for dinner last night, all before I got to the end of my street.

It was then that I had an IDEA.

When you order an Uber, there ought to be a 'silent' mode that you can select to indicate to the driver that it's quiet time.

It would be perfect for anyone on their way to an important business meeting, trying to get across their notes, or the mum-of-three who would just kill for a few moments of peace and quiet.

The thing is, I'm not at all convinced that Uber drivers actually want to talk to us.

Personally, I'm boring as f*ck.

I feel as though someone down the line just told them they had to, and now there's two (at least) individuals in every Uber having a conversation that neither want to have.

So, Uber drivers, over this very busy period, don't feel like you've got to be excel at conversation.

On behalf of the average passenger, there's one message we'd absolutely love to pop up next time we order on the app.

Your driver is known for not forcing conversation unnecessarily.

What a dream.