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Uber CEO Says Tip More If You Want to Ride With Better Drivers

Dara Khosrowshahi. Photo: Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has some advice for anybody looking to up their Uber score: Consider tipping better. During an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this month, Khosrowshahi said that his rating has improved since he started tipping “aggressively.” “I am a very aggressive tipper right now. I pick the highest tip every time,” he explained. “Somehow my rating is getting better. I’m not sure if it’s aggressive tipping.” Knowing exactly how Uber’s rating system works seems like something the company’s highest executive might know for “sure,” but, hey, if Dara says so.

Having a good Uber rider score, as noted by CNBC, translates to getting drivers with higher ratings, too. “When you get a 4.8 or 4.9 rated driver, know that that driver has passed an array of background checks and has a history,” Khosrowshahi said. So his tipping advice seems like a solid, if slightly problematic — even if you don’t tip aggressively, you should still be able to expect a safe and decent driver from Uber — way to avoid ending up an Uber horror story, like this passenger who watched as another passenger performed oral sex on the driver mid-ride. (Or any other of the truly horrifying stories — including a number of sexual assaults — to come out of Uber rides.)

Uber CEO Says Tip More If You Want a Better Driver