You might have heard of GrabHitch being a social carpooling service. But do you know what it really means?
In a nut shell, GrabHitch drivers are ordinary commuters who hitch you on the way to/fro work. Being professionals themselves, they don’t drive for a living but for recovering petrol costs instead.
Let’s find out what are the top 3 practices of 5-star Hitch Riders well-appreciated by our carpooling heroes.
1. Honour your commitment
Have you ever made an appointment with someone and that person didn’t show up? It’s a horrible feeling to be stood up so please don’t pangseh your Hitch Driver once the ride has been confirmed.
If you have a change of plans, be considerate and text your driver at least 15 minutes in advance so that he/she would not make a wasted trip by heading to your pickup point in vain.
The worst thing to do is to “ghost” on your Hitch Driver by not turning up or replying to messages. 😱
2. Be punctual
Being punctual means being at your pickup point by the agreed time, and not waiting for your Hitch Driver to inform you that he/she has arrived before you start making your way down sloooowwwwly.
If our driver can make the effort to be on time, so can we 💪
3. Respect, Respect, Respect
A rule of thumb: treat your driver how you would a friend who is giving you a lift!
- Greet a friendly hello. While you may not be the chatty sort, it wouldn’t hurt to show some warmness by acknowledging each other’s presence.
- Offer to take the front seat if it’s available. However, if you’re unwell or prefer to sit behind, politely ask your driver if you could do so.
- Keep the car clean. You may not be shelling peanuts or clipping your toenails during a hitch ride (both are true stories) but making sure you don’t leave traces behind is basic courtesy. Remember, Hitch Drivers are using their personal car to give you a lift.
Whether you’ve booked your first GrabHitch ride because it was the most affordable option or you’d really wanted to give social carpooling a try, being a 5-star rider begins with the understanding that Hitch Drivers are NOT your personal chauffeurs.
A little consideration and kindness goes a long way 😉