Rideshare safety tips are something that I believe everyone should be aware of these days. We’ve all been hearing about the horrifying stories in the media about Uber drivers kidnapping and killing passengers. It is very important to make sure that you are being alert and aware of your surroundings whenever you go out. Always follow certain precautions when it comes to taking any type of rideshare so that you and your loved ones remain safe.
Share Your Trip
Always inform someone that you know that you are about to hop into an Uber or Lyft. These apps have safety features where you can send the status of your trip. With Uber, you can select up to 5 people from your contact list and it will share your status. They will receive a link where they will get all the details of your trip. It contains driver and vehicle info and they will also be able to track your trip in real time. That’s awesome!
Don’t Share Personal Details
I heard of a case where the Uber driver dropped a couple off at the airport and then doubled back to rob their house. Sharing too many details such as “Yeah we’re going out of town for three days” or giving a stranger any insight into your daily routine isn’t the smartest move. There is no rule that says that you have to be hella chatty with your driver. That goes for other passengers as well if you happen to be in an Uber pool. It is okay to be pleasant without getting personal.
Have The Driver Confirm Your Name
It’s a simple yet important task. Just a simple “Hi. Who are you here to pick up?” or “What’s my name?” should suffice. That’s a safe way to exchange names without coming off too aggressive. Also, the driver might ask you to confirm their name just to be safe on their end.
Always Hop In The Back Seat
If possible, be a back seat rider when hopping into a ride share. Sitting in the back gives you and the driver a little distance from each other. It also allows you to be able to exit the car on either side if you have to quickly get out. I know how easy it is to just get back there, take out your phone, and get distracted during the ride but always stay alert! It also wouldn’t hurt to carry some extra protection on you like this pepper spray.
Trust Your Gut
Always trust your own instincts. If you feel like something is off, stay alert and be prepared to act if necessary. Use the Emergency buttons within the app or on your phone to dial 911. When dialing 911 within the Uber app, the app provides you with your real-time location and trip details that you can share with the dispatcher. Also, in some cities, that information is sent straight to the dispatcher.