We want to make every ride with Hitch comfortable for all of our riders and drivers. Here are some guidelines for being the best driver you can be:
Check-in in a timely manner
Always be on time. Rider information will be available to you 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Once you get to the pickup location, please check-in right away. Riders are provided with the license plate and made/model of the car you provided when applying for Hitch. If you need to change out that car - please let us know before you drive. You should also feel free to ask riders to confirm your name, as well as theirs before they enter your vehicle.
Drive safe and without distractions
The safety of our riders and drivers is our top priority, and once the rider is in your vehicle, most of this responsibility will fall on you as the driver. Staying alert, keeping your eyes on the road, and maintaining the posted speed limit is important and all factors into safe driving. We also recommend to keep music at a reasonable level and avoid eating during driving, as both can distract you from the road. Please also remember that texting while driving is illegal in all of Texas. Providing a rider with a safe ride allows for a successful rider experience and often will factor into the amount of tip a driver is given as well as the review you receive.
We reserve the right to remove drivers from the platform without notice if we believe they are materially breaking traffic laws or are otherwise operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner.
Encourage backseat riders
Consider inviting riders who are traveling solo to sit in the back seat to give everyone some personal space and practice social distancing. This provides them the space to work, read, and enjoy the ride and also allows for a safe exit from either side of the vehicle.
Seatbelt use is required by law for both you and all passengers.
Be kind and respectful
Hitch wants to ensure a safe and welcoming community for all riders and drivers with respectful and positive behavior from both sides. Take cues from your passenger about whether or not they'd like to have a conversation, listen to music, or ride quietly, uninterrupted. When the rider does want to chat, we kindly suggest that you avoid conversations and topics that may be controversial or offensive in nature.
Disclose to your rider if you are using any sort of recording during your drive
We understand that as a driver, you have the right to safety and security in your personal vehicle and that can include having video or sound recording in your car. We do, however, request that you disclose any recording devices to your rider and that these recordings remain private. It's the right thing to do to always obtain consent and be upfront to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Communicate clearly and in advance about the timing of any rest stops
Long trips can mean the need for a stop or two on the way. At the start of the ride, this should be a conversation that both the driver and rider have so any time constraints or specific requests could be discussed. Please do your best to accommodate our riders.
Ensure pickup and dropoff occurs at our specified locations.
We select safe and convenient pickup and drop off locations along the route that all riders and drivers have agreed to at the start of the ride. For your safety, as well as the safety of the rider, please only pick up and drop off at these agreed-upon locations.
Follow up with our Customer Experience team as soon as possible at the conclusion of your drive if there were any concerns we can assist with.
We can only help when we know in a timely manner about any issues that occurred. We are here to help you be successful — so please do reach out to us if you need anything.
Hitch prohibits any sort of discrimination against users based on race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, gender identity, age, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to, any user refusing to provide or accept services based on any of these characteristics. Any user found to have violated this prohibition will lose access to the Hitch platform. Applicable laws in certain jurisdictions may require and/or allow the provision of services by and for the benefit of a specific category of persons. In such jurisdictions, services provided in compliance with these laws and the relevant applicable terms are permissible under this policy.
We reserve the right to remove drivers from the platform without notice if we believe they are not operating within our TOS or standards of service.