When private investigator Daniel met with an accident a few years ago, he had no choice but to stop working due to his injury. His savings took a blow, and to make things worse, he often found himself feeling lonely at home. Daniel soon recovered enough to go back to work as a private investigator, and it was then that he decided to start driving a GrabCar to boost his income. What he did not expect was to discover another source of happiness.
Discovering the Joy of Driving
Being a GrabCar driver has, in a way, saved him from going into depression, says Daniel. After being cooped up at home due to his injury, he was beyond happy to be able to interact with people from all walks of life — and in one case, even play a part in bringing a baby into this world!
He relates: “I remember that I once picked up a passenger from Pasir Ris. She was heavily pregnant and headed to Parkway East Hospital in Joo Chiat. She was walking a little slowly and awkwardly; turns out, her water bag had broken and she was going to the hospital to deliver her second child!
“As a father of three, I knew that I had to remain calm. I drove her to the hospital quickly using the shortest route I knew but at the same time, I drove smoothly, with no jerky movements. I wished her well when she alighted.”
Achieving the Work-Life Balance
Besides being able to meet people and share stories with them, Daniel says that the flexibility of driving a GrabCar is another perk of the job. He says: “I can rest if I’m feeling tired or drive less on the days I have medical appointments or meetings with friends.”
On usual days, Daniel drives from five in the evening to midnight, earning enough to not only cover his rental and petrol costs but also allow him to have about $50 worth of money to spare.
The Driver with a Signature Goodbye
Are there any secret ways of becoming a highly-rated driver like Daniel, with a rating of 4.8/5? “I have no special secret to attaining this,” he replies. “For me, I just want my passengers to leave my car smiling. I always greet them nicely when they enter my car and try to strike up a conversation. If they would like to rest, I would give them space to do so.”
Perhaps the secret is just to serve from your heart. The good-natured and earnest driver even has a signature goodbye wish for his passengers, especially for those whom he drops off at the airport, such as tourists, pilots or flight attendants. Daniel shares: “I always wish them, “May the Lord be with you, and you have a safe journey wherever you are going and reach back safely.” I’d like to think this makes their trip away from Singapore a little better.”