4 Tips for Rideshare Safety
Ridesharing is more popular than ever and for many people has become a primary mode of transportation. In fact, according to The Rideshare Guy, there are about 2 million Uber and Lyft drivers in the United States alone. While sometimes hitching a ride is more convenient than driving yourself, there are many safety factors to consider, and we’re sharing them with you.
- Check the license plate and driver details
Always check the license plate number of the car you’re about to get into. Especially if you’re in a crowded part of town. Both Uber and Lyft show rides the driver’s license plate numbers, vehicles make/model/color, and a picture of the driver. Cross reference those details with the vehicle before you get inside. Not only does this save you from getting into the car of someone who’s not a fully vetted driver, it also will keep you from arriving at the wrong destination.
- Share your ride
Uber and Lyft both have the function to share your ride with your contacts. This safety net feature will allow your friends and family to track your ride and make sure you arrive at your destination. This is especially important if you are riding by yourself, particularly at night.
- Check your drivers rating
Take a moment to look at your drivers rating and keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Smartertravel.com suggests you should cancel your trip if your driver has under a 4.5 star-rating or if they don’t have any trips documented in the app.
- Sit in the backseat According to whosyourdriver.org, majority of incidents that occur during rideshare trips happen while the rider is in the passenger seat. Always sit in the backseat and be aware of your surroundings during your trip.
The next time you order an Uber or Lyft, remember these 4 tips and share them with your friends and family. Happy riding!