Although ride sharing is relatively new, it is now extremely common in todays society. Ride sharing is when a passenger pays for a ride driven by a driver through an app. The most common ride sharing apps are Uber and Lyft. These are incredibly useful, convenient and especially helpful at preventing drinking and driving. However, before using these services it is important that you think through the safety protocols that should take place.
Here is a list of tips that can help keep riders safe:
Order your ride and wait for your ride in a safe space
- If possible remain inside until your driver arrives to your location.
Ask the driver to confirm your name
- There have been instances of people posing as drivers. To avoid this all together be sure to confirm your driver by asking a simple question such as, “Who are you here to pick up?” Or “What is my name?” As your name should be on the screen of their device.
Check the drivers license plate
- As another cautionary tip on assuring the driver is the one you ordered match the drivers license from the car to the one displayed on your app screen.
Check your driver’s rating
- Uber and Lyft allow for you to check drivers ratings. So, keep an eye on that when ordering your car.
Ride with a friend
- If possible don’t ride alone. It is always safer to be with a friend or family member!
Share your trip
- If you do have to ride alone make sure to share your trip with a friend which, according to Uber, “will share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member.”.
Sit in the back seat
- It is safer to sit in the back seat of the car as it offers two exits for the rider and allows for space between the rider and the driver.
Do your part
- As always, wear your seatbelt, bring a mask and do your best not to distract the driver.
Trust your Instincts
- If something feels wrong trust yourself. Say something, end the ride or exit when able to do so safely. There is an emergency button that can be accessed on the app. When pressed it will dial 911. When used the app allows you to provide your location and trip details.
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