Whenever we take an Uber it's always a struggle. Daniel will talk our driver's ear off and Tige and Mari prefer to sit in silence. If you're more like Tige and Mari, Uber is rolling out a new feature where you can give your driver a head's up on whether you want to have conversation or not.
You can select "Quiet Preferred" or "Happy To Chat" in the app. It lets your driver know your "mood" so there's no awkward conversation or lack of.
It's currently only available for premium rides so if you plan on riding Uber Black, then you can check your preference.