7 Ways to Stay Safe Using A Rideshare Service
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have become the norm in most American cities. The convenience and availability have made this type of travel popular for both work and leisure. However, while the popularity of rideshare services has skyrocketed, so have the risks. Stories like the one about the South Carolina college student who was killed after getting into a car she mistook for her rideshare car have become more frequent and raise questions about what riders can do to help maximize their safety.
If you use Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare service while traveling, there are precautions you take to avoid dangerous situations:
- Confirm Your Ride Details: The Uberand Lyft apps send passengers important information about their car before it arrives: the car’s license plate number, make and model; and the driver’s name and photo. Rideshare passengers should confirm that the car that arrives matches the details given in the app before entering the vehicle.
- Share Your Trip: The Uber app also offers a “Share Status” feature. This option lets customers share their ride information with a trusted friend or family member. They will receive the driver’s name, photo, license plate and location, and they can even track the trip and see its estimated time of arrival and the destination.
- Check Your Driver’s Rating: Both Uber and Lyft monitor drivers’ ratings and keep them viewable for riders to see. Always double-check that your driver has prior experience and a rating over 4.5: anything below that, drivers can get fired from the app.
- Keep Your Wallet Out of Sight: Drivers should never ask a rider to pay cash for a ride. Uber and Lyft give you the option to tip from the app after your trip, so there’s no need to take your wallet out during a ride.
- Sit In The Backseat: Whenever possible, sit in the back seat – especially if traveling alone. This helps ensure that you can safely exit the car on either side, and it gives both the passenger and driver some personal space. Most incidents involving rideshare passengers and drivers occur when the passenger sits in the front seat.
- Give Feedback After Each Trip: After each trip using Lyft or Uber, you are asked to rate your trip. Your feedback helps keep the service safe and enjoyable for everyone. Always report any safety issues or incidents to the app and follow up with law enforcement, if needed.
- Call For Help: The Uber app has a built-in emergency feature that can call 911 and will share your trip details and real-time location with dispatchers. There are also third-party apps that riders can download to use when traveling: Siren GPS and Noonlight can both discreetly contact emergency services with the touch of a button.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a personal injury crime during a rideshare experience, contact Meth Law Offices, PC for further assistance at (845) 469-9529.