When it comes to traveling without your personal vehicle, many people choose to use rideshare services over taxis, rentals, or other means of transportation. Companies like Uber and Lyft help people get from point A to point B at an affordable rate with relative ease when you need a ride.
While many people enjoy the convenience of ridesharing, it’s not uncommon for new riders to have questions like, “is Uber safe?” or “How do I know which car is my Lyft?” Often, many of these concerns revolve around the safety of such services. The majority of rideshare users are able to enjoy their ride (minus a little awkward conversation) and you can, too, by taking precautions to ensure your safety as a rider and passenger in someone else’s vehicle.
Essential Ride Safely Tips for Ridesharing
Read up on these safety tips and prepare yourself for the next time you need to call a Lyft, Uber, or whichever ridesharing service you use to travel and ride safe.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Whether you’re taking an Uber because you’re traveling for work or getting home safely after a night with friends, keeping your bearings and surveying your surroundings can help you identify causes for concern and identify your rideshare quicker.
Protect your personal information.
Your driver has no reason to request your phone number or any other contact information as the entire transaction and ride are handled in-app. Protect yourself by keeping sensitive information private.
Sit in the back.
If you’re traveling alone, sit in the back of the car where you have access to two safe exits and can keep an eye on the road (and give your driver some breathing room!).
Share your travel plans with a friend.
Often, people use rideshare services when they are out of town or traveling in unfamiliar areas. Before you travel, share your trip and location with people you trust so someone knows where you are at all times.
Wear your seatbelt.
When riding in a new vehicle, it may slip your mind to put your seat belt on. Do your best to buckle up whenever you get in a car. There are many reasons why you should buckle up, but just wearing your seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of serious injury or fatality during a crash.
Mind your personal space.
This year, we saw the rise of corona virus and respecting the personal space of others has become paramount to prevent the spread. When you’re using a rideshare, follow instructions to stay safe while carpooling like wearing your mask and spacing yourself out from other riders if possible.
Check your potential driver’s information.
Before you confirm your pickup, it’s a good idea to check the driver’s rating and feedback and look for any red flags that may cause you to look for another driver.
Verify your driver.
Before you climb into your driver’s vehicle, check the app and make sure it’s the right car, license plate, and driver who was dispatched to pick you up.
It’s important to follow the drive in your rideshare app to ensure you’re taking both the most efficient and effective route to your destination and to ensure that your travel movements are going according to plan.
If you feel you are in danger, call for help.
Above all, if you feel like you may be in danger, call for help. Have your cell phone handy should you need to use it for this purpose and make sure numbers for local law enforcement and emergency services are saved in your contacts.
The bottom line.
Ridesharing has opened a lot of doors (especially car doors) in terms of fast and efficient travel. While we enjoy the benefits of this method of transportation, it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself and others who may share the road. We hope these tips help you ride safely the next time you use a rideshare service.