We’ve all been there, having the sudden urge to use the restroom and frantically searching on Google for a “toilet near me.” If you’re a fan of The Breakfast Club, you might remember Judd Nelson in his iconic role as John Bender saying:
“Oh, Shit! What’re we s’posed to do if we hafta take a piss? If you gotta go! You gotta go!”
This is something easy to take care of for our male drivers if they have to urinate. You could keep jars, bottles, and other containers with you. However, you take a big risk of getting urine all over yourself or your car. You could also just pull over and take the risk of whipping it out. The penalty is quite high if caught, especially if law enforcement catches you.
What about if the male driver has to squat? What if it is a female driver? It isn’t as easy in those circumstances.
Install a “Toilet Near Me” App
There is an app for everything in our lives, including a few for finding restroom facilities near you. A quick search on the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android using the search terms “Sit or Squat” brings up a few apps. One of which I have downloaded myself to try out.
The App Sit or Squat is a community-shared application. It helps me find a toilet near me when I need one. The app also guides you in going to these places either by foot, driving, biking, or even by bus route. Some places, however, require you to be a paying customer to use said services. Sit and Squat lets you know if this is the case. It will also tell you if it is handicap-accessible. In addition, you’ll find some reviews on these facilities —whether their staff is friendly, open 24 hours, is clean, or is very dirty.
I honestly can’t say I have used the app much, but having it on my phone gives me peace of mind. It can be useful if I’m in an unfamiliar area and really have to relieve myself.
Supplements May Help
On the Facebook Page for Uber Driver Things a member asked about bathrooms. Funny enough I was already writing this article when the question was posed. I bring it up now to point out another member’s suggestion.
According to John, he had to use the restroom quite often. His doctor suggested Saw Palmetto pills. It’s a dietary over-the-counter supplement that you can easily find in the vitamins section of your local Wal-Mart or grocery store.
I personally don’t know how effective these pills are. What I can tell you is that it is used for improved urinary function, enlarged prostate, even male pattern baldness.
If you’re always searching on Google for “toilets near me” and think taking supplements could help you, it’s time to schedule a visit to your doctor for a consultation. As with any type of medication or supplements, it is best to talk with your healthcare provider before using any. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use it.
Avoid Caffeinated Drinks
In the world of rideshare driving, we run pretty low on energy and need to keep ourselves hydrated and awake. Some of our go-to drinks are coffee, sodas, and energy drinks.
To lessen your urges of taking restroom breaks and reduce the anxiety of always looking for “toilets near me” on Waze or whatever navigation app you use, it’s best to stay away from or minimize your intake of caffeinated beverages.
Everybody is different. You know which food and drinks will trigger an urge to have to squat. For example, I will not eat a big bowl of chili before I start driving. Nothing would be worse than having to fight the urge not to soil the back of your pants or seat while on a long drive with a pax. Do take caution and stay away from your trigger foods.
Walk in With Confidence
Before I discovered these “toilet near me” apps, I was making mental notes on where I can and can’t go to use the restroom. No matter what the establishment was, there is one thing I would always do: I would walk in like I own the place; that I belong there. No hesitation what so ever.
In fast food joints, I would walk straight to the restrooms, which is usually near the entrance somewhere. Hotels often accommodate guests by having bathrooms located on the first floor, usually right down the hall on the same side as the check-in desk. Sometimes the restrooms are near the pool, fitness center, or business center. Going to the hospital is usually a guarantee of really clean restrooms 24 hours a day. Just walk through the Emergency Room Entrance, no one ever questions why you are there.
There are so many places that you could enter and use the restroom. Occasionally, you’ll come across a location that is a bit more unfriendly in allowing people to come in and use their facilities. Take note of those places so you don’t try again, making them even more unsympathetic towards you.
Don’t make it a frequent habit of going to the same place either. Many will notice if you’re there frequently not as a customer and might become rude towards you.
Using the restroom is a basic need. Unfortunately, some people — including drivers— try to suppress their urges for one reason or another. I caution drivers of making this a habit. Doing so could have adverse effects on your own health.
While there are times when we have no choice, like when we are on a trip with a pax, it’s still best to plan your shift and ensure you’re not running on a full bladder and don’t know where the nearest restroom is. Having a “toilet near me” app helps make things a lot comfortable for you.
Proper planning will lessen the number of times you will have an urge to use it while on a trip. Just like we plan to keep our gas on a certain level, we should also think about our bladder and plan our restroom breaks. It doesn’t have to inconvenience you. A “toilet near me” app like Sit or Squat is one of the apps you should have as an Uber or Lyft driver.