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Can You Drive for Grubhub With Kids?

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Grubhub is a popular gig job for people who are looking for flexible work. It’s a great way for people to support their families either as a full-time income or as a supplement. 

If you have children, you might be drawn to this kind of work because you want to bring your children along with you while you work. In this article, we are going to talk about Grubhub’s stance on bringing your children with you while you are delivering food with their service. 

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Can I bring my kids with me when I drive for Grubhub?

Grubhub has a very flexible policy with regard to their drivers having passengers in the car with them while they are delivering food, and this includes children. There is nothing in their policies and procedures that prohibits you from having your children with you while you deliver for Grubhub.

So long as the food is getting delivered in a timely manner and drivers provide good customer service, Grubhub is fine with you bringing your kids (or any other passengers) along with you. This is a huge relief to many parents who may not have access to childcare during their shifts. 

Is it safe to bring my child with me when I drive for Grubhub?

One of the main considerations to take into account when deciding if you want to bring your child on your Grubhub shifts with you is safety. You never want to put yourself or your children in harm’s way, so it’s important to weigh all sides of the situation and decide the best course of action for you. 

Here are some of the things to consider before bringing your child with you while you drive for Grubhub: 

1. Never leave your child alone

If you are going to bring your child with you when you drive for Grubhub, you want to make sure that you never have to leave your child alone in the car. Even if you are in a safe area or will not have to walk far from your car, it is important to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle for any length of time. 

The only way to be certain of this is to either bring along another passenger to watch your child while you drop off the food or to bring your child up to the door to deliver with you. This is much easier to do if your child is older and can walk up with you. 

2. Be aware of your surroundings

When you have your child with you while you drive for Grubhub, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Before you accept an order, make sure you are familiar with the area where the restaurant is and the delivery location as well. If you are asked to go to an unsafe area, consider refusing that order while you have a young child with you. 

Always take note of the people around you when you get out of your car. Whether you are picking up or dropping off, make sure that there isn’t anyone around you who looks concerning. If you see someone you don’t trust, wait in your car until they leave or let the customer know that you cannot complete the order. 

3. Make sure you can get your deliveries done

Anytime you take a child to work with you, they are a distraction. The same is true even if you are working for Grubhub. Although the work is flexible and easy, it’s easy to get distracted by your child and possibly not get as much work done. 

If your child is old enough to understand, explain to them that you are working and that they have to be on their best behavior. Bring their favorite car-safe books and toys with you to help keep them occupied during your shift. 

Set yourself plenty of time to get to and from your deliveries. Arrive on time as often as you can and maintain a pleasant demeanor with your customers. As long as you plan ahead, you can easily get your Grubhub deliveries done even with your kids with you. 

Why would I want to bring my child with me when I drive for Grubhub?

Most people bring their children along when they drive for Grubhub simply because it’s convenient. It is also common for people who do not have access to or do not want to use childcare. Childcare is expensive and hard to find, especially for people who do not have families who can help out. Many Grubhub drivers chose this path because of the flexibility it provides and for them, that flexibility means being able to bring their children with them if they want to. Grubhub is not your traditional nine-to-five job, so it often attracts people who are not looking for the nine-to-five lifestyle either.

Can I bring my child with me while I drive for other delivery services?

Grubhub is flexible about allowing drivers to bring children (and other passengers too) with them when they are delivering food, so it’s natural to wonder how the other food delivery services handle this topic. Here is the scoop:

Uber Eats

Uber Eats has a very relaxed policy around passengers coming with their food delivery drivers. This is in stark contrast to the policies for their ride-sharing service that shares a similar name, Uber, which does not allow for any passengers to accompany the driver for ride-sharing shifts. 

As long as you are able to get the food delivered on time and correctly, Uber Eats is fine with you having a “take your kids to work” day. 

Doordash

Doordash is similar to Uber Eats and Grubhub. They are generally fine drivers having passengers, including children. Because Dashers are considered independent contractors, they are able to work on their own terms as long as they do the work they agreed to do by delivering food. 

Final Thoughts

There is no reason not to bring your kids with you when you are driving for Grubhub or any of the other major delivery services. Doing so might require some complex logistics to coordinate to make sure both you and your child are safe, but if you’re up for the challenge you can certainly do it. 

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