Rideshare Safety Tips. Stay Safe While Riding.

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.

 

What Are Some Other Rideshare Safety Tips That We Can Use?

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Technology Killing Our Friendships?

So, I think it’s safe to say that almost all of us are in love with social media. If we weren’t, you wouldn’t be reading this right now!

Imagine this……You go out to eat with friends and you barely touch your phone. Okay okay. You absolutely HAVE to post your food when it looks amazeballs. That’s a rule. Seriously it is. I checked.

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I’ve been hearing it and reading it in articles about how technology and social media is ruining our friendships. I don’t entirely agree. Do I think that it plays a part in people being less social with “real people” sometimes? Yes. Sometimes you will notice other groups of people when you’re out to eat and notice that most of them are just staring at their phone screens and not interacting with the rest of the group. Like hellooooo….there are actual people to talk to sitting right next to you.

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But I won’t go so far as to say that social media/technology is ruining relationships. In a lot of aspects, it is making interacting and staying in touch with friends so much easier because we have so many resources in which to reach out to them. When it comes to hanging out with friends you have to have a good balance when it comes to your phone and your friends.

For example, when me and my best friend go out to eat, we rarely touch our phones. Of course we find time to insta our food and tag each other but other than that we are interacting with each other. And that’s what good friends do! When you have fun people around you, you don’t bother with your phone as much to scroll through news feeds.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I forget my phone exists because I randomly pick up my phone to snap our amazing and mostly random adventures. My point is, if you and your friends or SO are out to eat or wherever…don’t stare at your phone all night. It’s rude and utterly boring for all of you.

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So back to the question of is technology killing our friendships? No. PEOPLE are killing friendships. People are ruining relationships. A lot of us have the capacity to make our own decisions and it is up to you to decide to put your phone down and interact with your friends. We all have the option to decide whether or not we want certain relationships to last and social media shouldn’t factor in.

I get it. Sometimes you just don’t want to be social face to face. That’s normal. We’ve all been there. Like when friends invite you out but you’re content with chilling on the couch with Netflix, Instagram and junk food. And maybe just a little wine. Just a little….

……and that’s okay.

We just can’t go around forgetting that there’s a real world out there. We have to exist outside of our social media worlds. Real true friends beat online companions everyday of the week. At least in my book.

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