The best Black Friday deals for UK private hire drivers
If you’re looking for some new or replacement kit to make your driving life easier, or just wanting to get yourself an early Christmas present, Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean there are some great savings to be had. Here’s our round-up of some of the best Black Friday deals for UK private hire drivers.
It’s not so long ago that the only technology drivers needed for their job was a decent radio.
Of course, the way drivers operate these days has been transformed. While the job itself might not have changed much, the tools, apps, and tech to support private hire drivers have clearly evolved.
In fact, it’s those tech developments that have allowed Uber and other platforms to steal a march on the traditional taxi market.
The downside for private hire drivers is the kit you want and need doesn’t always come cheap. But with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are deals to be found.
Here are the best Black Friday deals we found – all chosen with drivers in mind.
Prices correct at the time of writing on 19 November 2021. Links should update with the latest promotions as they’re released.
For some drivers, the dashcam is an important part of their kit, allowing them (within the law) to record passengers for safety purposes (for more on this, read our blog Dashcams: What private hire drivers need to know).
A high-end dash cam can be pricey. But it’s worth remembering that as well as giving you and your riders peace of mind, dash cams can help cut the cost of your insurance and help support any claims. Here are the deals available from some of the leading brands.
Many reviewers rate this as among the best on the market, with a three-inch touch screen, strong definition, integrated Alexa voice control, and What3Words (which can identify any location with a resolution of about three metres).
Garmin Mini 2 Car-key Size Dash Cam
This is a car-key-sized model that can be tucked discreetly behind your rearview mirror. It still comes with built-in wi-fi, voice control, and links to the secure Garmin cloud video vault for future access.
Toguard 4K Mirror Dash Cam
Equipped with GPS, full touch screen, and voice control, with front and inside cameras that simultaneously record the front and inside.
Car phone holder/mount
Phone holders for vehicles have become more practical and flexible over recent years. For Uber and private hire drivers, a mount that allows them to easily see maps on their smartphone is crucial. At the top end of the market, you’ll get something that should last longer, and some newer models offer wireless charging too.
iOttie Easy One Touch Car Holder & Qi Wireless Charger
Holds a range of phone and case combinations and sizes, compatible with most major phone models, and includes wireless ‘fast charging’.
Arteck 10W Wireless Charger Car Mount
This claims to be faster than other wireless car chargers and works with different phone positions. Includes a two-year warranty, but a USB adaptor has to be bought separately.
Belkin 10W Wireless Car Vent Mount
Suitable for any device that has wireless charging and works with most main phone brands and models. Includes sensor to hold smartphone automatically and rotatable clip to allow charging in portrait and landscape mode.
Charging blocks or mounts that allow riders to charge their phones and other devices are a nice-to-have, and some passengers may even expect these. It’s those extra touches that all help with a good Uber rating.
It’s important to make the right choice though, because while you might expect charging blocks to work for both iPhones and Android devices as standard, not all do.
Connects2 Universal In-Car Charging Pocket
Contains two 3A combined USB sockets for charging devices. Connection is by a short 70cm cable, or by wiring directly into the car through a separate lead.
EDA50-HB-R – EDA50/50HC/51 Single Charging Dock
Provides charging for one device, powered with the USB charger included with each terminal or with a USB Power Adapter and USB Cable, both sold separately
W&A 3-in-1 Phone Car Charger for backseat passengers
Can be used to charge either phones or tablets, with a fast-charging station for backseat passengers that’s mounted on the back of the seat headrest.
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An up-to-date smartphone with a decent data package to run the Uber app and others such as Google Maps is obviously essential for Uber and private hire drivers.
If you’re in the market for an upgrade, it’s worth checking the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for bargains.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Apple’s new super-sized (but heavy) phone, with sharper screen and camera, a faster processor and a longer-lasting battery.
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
An update of the S20, with improved battery life and camera. It supports 5G as standard, as well as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5, but has fewer specs than the S20.
Google Pixel 6 5G
Good reviews for the cameras, photo editing and overall Android experience. It also has a new interface, although the battery life isn’t great over 5G.
Now, one of the best Black Friday deals in our opinion!
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