Since 2009, ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft have been on the rise, competing against various transportation services. These have offered people alternative ways to navigate their way around cities. However, just because you are not driving, does not mean there are not still risks involved. You must be careful when traveling with a service like Uber or Lyft; here are some tips to keep in mind:
Never Ride Alone
We have all heard of “safety in numbers” and this stands to be true when it comes to Uber and Lyft as well. Always ride with someone when you can; if you cannot, then it is important to send your travel information to at least two people so they know what vehicle you are in and where you should be arriving. In case something happens, these people will be able to help you.
Find A Secure Place To Wait
While waiting for your driver, try to stay inside if possible to avoid waiting in potentially dangerous areas. If you must be outside, try to find a well-lit area and be aware of your surroundings while you wait for your Uber or Lyft.
Double-Check Your Driver’s Identity
When your driver arrives, it is important for your safety to check a few things before you get in the vehicle. First, check the color, make, model, and license plates to make sure they all match what your app says. If they match, then it is okay to approach the car. Ask the driver whom they are picking up and if they give you your name, then it is safe to get in. Remember to always trust your instincts. If you feel something is off or you are worried, it is okay to not ride with them. You should always put your safety first.
Be Aware Of Traffic
Even the most careful drivers are not perfect. As a passenger, it is your responsibility to not only make sure the driver is being safe but to also watch and make sure your surroundings are clear. This also goes for when you are entering and exiting a vehicle. Always double-check to make sure you are not moving into traffic or putting yourself in any other dangerous situation.
Do Not Give Out Your Personal Information
For your safety, it is important to keep all personal information to yourself. Don’t give out your last name, contact information, address, etc. If there is a safe place to be dropped off near your house, get dropped off there and then walk the rest of the way to your home. If you feel uncomfortable at any point, you should ask to be dropped off immediately or in serious situations, you can call 911.