As we continue our series of inspiring women, we also took the opportunity to recognise and reward some of the top performing female drivers nationwide. We surprised them with little tokens which also includes movie passes to enjoy with the loved ones. In Klang Valley, we had the pleasure of hosting some of our female drivers for a high-tea session. We not only bonded over scrumptious snacks and also had the pleasure to get to know a few of them better.
Suryati binti Basra
I am always on the look out to try something new, so when my husband encouraged me to become a Grab driver so I’d have a substantial source of income while doing my PhD in Education, I thought, why not? In fact, I always thought the idea of being a Grab driver was fun and enjoyable as my husband is also a Grab driver, often shares his experiences with me.
The one thing I enjoy most about being a Grab driver is that I can meet people from different walks of life. It’s a constant excitement and satisfaction obtained at the end of the day as I can have conversations with new people while learning new things and listening to opinions on various issues.
I have heard how people say women aren’t as good as men when it comes to driving skills, but I believe this is a debatable topic. Many of my passengers, male and female included, enjoy my driving. In fact, there was even one passenger who complimented my driving skills as she didn’t enjoy her experience with a fast driver.
Venturing into this industry, you must find motivation every day and not slack therefore I made sure I set a daily target to achieve. Days where I feel extremely tired, I’d make sure to take a short break or go home to rest before I start my routine again. The key to being successful in today’s generation is to always find motivation in all that you do.
Rubi Isni binti Zainuddin
An opportunity to make the best of a situation does not often come knocking at your door but when I heard about Grab while running my small business, I knew it was an opportunity. One of my major concerns was if my car was suitable. After a quick check, everything worked in my favour and things just fell into place.
It gives me great satisfaction to be able to drive people around while chatting with them and listening to their stories which makes every ride an interesting one. Some of my fondest memories thus far is having my passengers buy me lunch just because they were happy with their experience of sitting in my car. Their thoughtfulness really touched my heart and left a smile on my face.
Being a single mother, I am very thankful to have supportive children who never fails to encourage me at all times. Despite studying in a boarding school and coming home occasionally, my kids are very understanding when I still choose to work when they are back home. My kids are the best motivation I will ever need as everything I do is only for them.
My daily working environment was becoming mundane that I started seeking for opportunities to move away from a desk job. As I was looking for new job prospects, I came across an advertisement on Facebook and decided to try for it. Since I wasn’t entirely sure if being a Grab driver was the right choice for me, I chose to be a part time driver only to realise it was something I enjoyed doing.
The idea of meeting new people excites me every day and that is enough motivation for me to start my day. It stands as a reminder that I will be facing something new every day. Over time, I have collected many great memories from each passenger and the stories which they have shared with me.
Two of my biggest concerns were driving in the right direction and picking up passengers from the correct pick-up point. This led me to learning more about the roads in Klang Valley. However, with applications such as Waze and Google Maps, driving around town has become much easier.
Up till today, I believe this opportunity is a blessing as it was not an opportunity which I saw coming. All i was hoping for was to get a chance at starting a new career and experience life differently.
When I first started as a project manager for a company, I never imagined that I would someday become a Grab driver however I was in the midst of looking for new opportunities when a friend of mine introduced me to Grab. Eventually, I realised I could be easily earning a decent income in a week.
My drives usually begin as early as 7am till 11am as I enjoy driving during peak hours however there are some days were I do drive during lunch hour as well. I make it a point to take a break every day before continuing my drive in the evening.
Initially when I started, Grab was yet to be recognised and that added on to my fears as I was afraid of my car being taken away by SPAD or obtaining a hefty fine. Driving Grab felt like I was in a gaming scene as I am an avid gamer. Obtaining passengers during peak periods often feels like I am chasing incentives while playing video games. Naturally, this is my motivation to get up every morning, so I can achieve my daily goal, only difference is that the money obtained here can be used in reality. Today when I see how the company has grown, it is exciting to be part of this transport revolution!
Age should never be a barrier in stopping you from trying something new. I was 50 years old when I started seeking opportunities to earn money in order to support my family and ensure their needs are met. That was when I noticed an advertisement at a toll booth about Grab and it intrigued me. The fact that Grab allows us to have a flexible timing while getting cash on the spot piqued my interest even more as I would always have cash on the go.
My daily routine kicks off by getting my kids ready for school with their breakfast, pocket money and sending them to school after that. Since my kids have different schooling sessions, I would only begin driving Grab in the afternoon till evening as I would need to pick my kids up after that.
Being a working mother, I believe that women need to be the best version of themselves to suit the people around them. An example of me doing this would be nurturing my kids every day, being a loving wife and safe Grab driver.
My number one fear when I begin driving Grab was the thought of having strangers enter my car, however over time, I started getting used to it. In fact, I enjoy making new acquaintances and learning something new from my passengers every day.
If you would like to read more about our remarkable female drivers around the region, please click here.
Stay tuned for the final volume of our Grab’s Inspiring Women!