Can you eat in Uber?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Can you eat in Uber?”. We will also elaborate on the policy about eating in an uber.

Can you eat in Uber?

Yes, you can eat in uber but it totally depends upon the personal preferences of the driver; if he permits you to eat food in the uber, you can. 

Some uber drivers do not care until or unless you create a mess in the car while some strictly forbid you to eat in their car. 

So, the best thing is to ask the driver whether he allows you to eat or not.

Uber’s policy on food, and drinks

According to uber’s policy, it is recommended that two passengers per ride should be allowed to sit in the car. To match Uber’s rules and regulations, there must be a maximum of four persons (1). 

To eat or drink is prohibited sometimes in the uber, you may carry an alcoholic beverage in the car but you are strictly not allowed to open or drink it in the car. 

It is also mentioned in Uber’s policy, if any of their customers do violate the rules then strict action should be implemented against him. If any of the customers open the alcoholic beverage and the driver brings it to the administration, it will take action.

For non-alcoholic beverages and other edibles, it depends upon the driver of the vehicle, if he allows you to eat then you could go ahead but in other cases, you should agree with the driver’s policy of not eating and drinking. 

Drinking or eating in the vehicle all depends upon the personal preferences of the driver. It is also a fact that allowing the riders to eat and drink in the car will give the maximum rate to the driver and it will be counted as a good experience in that vehicle.

But, if the rider creates a mess in the car, then according to the rules and regulations of uber, the driver has the right to complain, he may click some pictures of that mess and send them to the administration along with writing about the customer misbehaving.

If any driver gets suspicious about the alcoholic beverage, then he has the right to forbid his customer and still if he’s arguing or does not avoid it, then he may file a complaint.

Smoking has not any specific rules and regulations in Uber’s policymakers, it all depends upon the personal choices of the driver for their customers or riders.

It is also allowed for the uber drivers to request the rider to exit from their vehicle, in case they are not following their rules or preferences. Drivers of uber also have the right to warn the riders for their misbehavior.

Food that can be used in traveling in the uber

Due to hunger fear, we could keep some food like snacks or cookies with us that do not create a mess in the car. But you should only eat these items if the driver of the vehicle allows you to eat.

Some rules for food safety

If you are traveling to a far-off place then you can bring some food with the permission of your driver. 

According to the USDA, food safety rules require that food should be left out of the “danger zone” temperature. Leaving food out too long at room temperature can cause bacteria (such as Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella Enteritidis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Campylobacter) to grow to dangerous levels that can cause illness. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. This range of temperatures is often called the “Danger Zone”. Therefore, some practices are necessary to transport food, especially when they are manipulated (2).

 Because on a long journey, any of us can feel hungry. So, there are some rules that you should follow for food safety:

  • Food should maintain its condition of coldness or hotness, which is mandatory for the taste and safety of food. The cold food should be placed in those coolers where its cooling is sustained, for instance, coolers packed with ice or designed with gel packing.
  • Other edibles which do not get more affected by the high temperature, can also be placed in the cooler such as nuts, energy bars, and beef jerky.

However, one of the most important practices of avoiding foodborne illness is to have hygienic hands before manipulating / eating. A hygienic hand wash for food handling purposes could be defined as one requiring warm water, soap or detergent and a scrubbing or rubbing action for at least 20 s. As this is not possible in the uber vehicle, other sanitizing methods are to be used, such as 70% ethanol and 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (2,3). 

Food contaminants can be also carried by food handling, as bacteria and viruses (or toxins) are found on the packaging. Therefore, these should be sanitized as well, before they are opened (3).

How can we make food safe in a car in the absence of air conditioning?

Air conditioning is not a thing that can make your food safe. Like sometimes the temperature crosses the freezing limit in the air conditioning of a car, that can destroy the food. 

In the same way, food such as meat can also reach a level of the danger zone, where bacterial growth can occur to destroy the food. It is recommended to use a cooler. The use of an isolated bag or cooling box can help to ensure that perishable foodstuffs remain at a safe temperature after purchase and during transportation home (2).

Some of the food items that you should avoid bringing in the car include frozen edibles like ice cream, which can create a sticky-natured mess in the car. In addition, soda and coffee should be avoided in the car.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we have provided an answer to the question “Can you eat in Uber?”. We have also elaborated on the policy about eating in an uber.

References

  1. Uber Community Guidelines Canada and United States.
  2. Jevšnik, Mojca, Valentina Hlebec, and Peter Raspor. Consumers’ awareness of food safety from shopping to eating. Food contr, 2008, 19, 737-745.
  3. Lacombe, Alison, et al. Food safety lessons learned from the COVID‐19 pandemic. J Food Safe, 2021, 41, e12878.

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.