These Countries and Cities Have the Highest Rated Uber Riders (Video)
While we're all on a mission for 5-star approval during our Uber trips — some countries and cities around the world stack up better than others when it comes to ratings.
The ride-sharing company released their Ratings Report on Thursday detailing riders' stars in cities across the globe. The rating, which is in place to encourage mutual respect between riders and drivers, keeps both parties accountable for their behavior while traveling.
Overall, the “best behaved” country, according to the report, is Croatia. This beautiful country on the Adriatic Sea is well known for its natural beauty, so maybe that has something to do with riders being happy and polite. In second place is Paraguay, followed by Germany, Ukraine, and Poland rounding out the top five.
The United States ranks as 16 on the list.
The report also measured the top five “most improved” countries -- the places that saw the most improvement in terms of rider behavior. Ghana took the top spot, followed by Austria, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and Bolivia.
Breaking it down by cities the U.S., riders in the Midwest and South are more likely to have highly-rated riders. Out of the top hubs in the United States, Colorado Springs, Colorado is considered the best city to find good riders, followed by Birmingham, Ala., Myrtle Beach, S.C. , Asheville, N.C., Baton Rouge, La., Akron, Ohio, Columbia, S.C., Tulsa, Okla., Peoria, Ill., and Pensacola, Fla., in that order.
Cities in larger urban areas including Seattle, Wash., followed by Tucson, Ariz., Des Moines, Iowa, Santa Barbara, Calif., Columbus, Ohio, Lansing, Mich., Houston, Texas, Harrisburg, Penn., Boston, Mass., and Wilmington, N.C. were considered most improved.
To improve your rating, or that overall of the area of which you live, the report found certain trends that riders can capitalize on to boost their score.
In the U.S., Fridays are the best times to grab a ride, while Mondays are the best days to ride globally. Major holidays like New Year’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween are generally the lowest days for ratings, but days immediately before and after (i.e. New Year’s Eve and Jan. 2) are actually the highest.
And if you really want to be a savvy rider, try requesting a ride between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Late night riders may not have much luck at a good rating as the times you are least likely to get five stars is between midnight and 4 a.m.
Of course, the absolute best way to ensure you get five stars is by being an excellent passenger. The highest-rated riders practice good etiquette and treat drivers with respect. Riders who are never late, don’t slam doors, don’t blast their music, avoid spilling food or drinks (or even avoid eating and drinking altogether), and practice good road safety are usually the ones who get the best ratings.