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Rideshare Safety Tips
If you are a parent, then you will have told your kids never to get into s stranger’s car. Yet, every day, millions of people get lifts from strangers when they use ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft do background checks on their drivers. You can also check reviews of a driver on the app before you get into the car. So, it’s not quite the same. You are, though, still taking a lift with a private individual in their own car in return for payment. Most people’s experience of ride sharing is trouble free. But there are have been instances of drivers assaulting riders. There have also been many altercations between drivers and riders. So, here are 10 rideshare safety tips to bear in mind when you next jump into an Uber or a Lyft car.
1. Ride in the Back
There have been cases of women experiencing groping in the front seat of a rideshare. You are also more at risk of injury of there is an accident and you are riding up front. Sit in the back where you have some privacy and your own space. If you are in the back, you also have two doors that you can escape through if you need to.
2. Make Sure It’s Your Ride Before You Get in The Car
Don’t ever get in a car with a driver who claims to be an Uber or Lyft driver unless you have ordered that car. Uber and Lyft drivers are not allowed to pick up fares like a taxi. Rides must be ordered through the app. Before you get into a rideshare that you have ordered, make sure that the driver’s name, photo, and the license plate of the car match what is shown in the app.
3. Tell Friends That You Are Taking a Rideshare
Both the Lyft app and the Uber app have a function that allows you to share your trip details with your friends. It’s useful for letting people know you are on the way, but it’s also a good safety feature. Use the share feature to let people know that you are taking a ride. Then, let them know when you have arrived at your destination safely.
4. Check the Driver’s Ratings
While you are waiting for your ride to arrive, check out the driver’s ratings. If you are not comfortable with anything you see, you can cancel the ride and order another car.
5. Stay Inside While You Wait for Your Ride
If you can, order your ride and wait for the car to arrive to arrive indoors. Hanging around on a street corner looking at your phone is never a good idea. It makes you look lost and vulnerable.
6. Don’t Give the Driver Any Personal Information
There is never any need to give a rideshare driver your phone number or any other personal details. If you need to contact the driver, you can do it via the app without giving your phone number away. Take the same precautions as you would with any other stranger. Don’t tell your driver anything about you that they don’t need to know.
7. Keep an Eye on the Route the You Are taking
Watch where the driver is taking you. You don’t want to go miles out of your away. If you are in an unfamiliar area, track the route on a map app your phone. Then, you can make sure you are going in the right direction.
8. Travel in Groups When Possible
Whenever you can, ride with a friend. There’s always safety in numbers. If you are on your own, carpooling with Uber Pool or Lyft Line might be a safer option.
9. Wear Your Seatbelt
Seatbelts save lives, so buckle up in an Uber or a Lyft. It has been proven beyond all doubt that wearing seatbelt reduces injuries and fatalities in road accidents.
10. Trust Your Instinct.
Above all else, trust your instinct. If it doesn’t feel right or you feel uncomfortable with your driver, cancel the ride and get out of the car. If you feel at all threatened, call 911 straight away.
Most rideshares are completed without any problems at all. Most rideshare drivers are honest and very friendly. Like all situations that we face daily, though, the potential for danger is there. Being aware of that danger will help keep you safe. We hope that you found these rideshare safety tips helpful. If you did, please share this page with your friends so that they can be more rideshare safety aware too. If you’d like to receive safety and security updates from us, please subscribe to our mailing list. Thanks for reading our rideshare safety tips. Have a great and safe day!