Safety tips when using any ride-sharing service


FILE – This June 12, 2018, file photo shows the Uber app on a phone in New York. Ride-hailing service Uber announced on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 it has acquired its Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billion, making it the largest-ever technology purchase in the region. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

After a recent tragedy where a 21-year-old college student was killed after mistakenly getting into a vehicle she thought was her Uber, here are some safety tips when using any ridesharing service.

Request a ride from inside to avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with a phone and wait indoors until the app shows the driver has arrived.

Make sure to get in the right car. Before getting in the car, check the license plate, driver photo, and driver name to make sure it matches what is listed on the app.

It may sound silly with simple names, but a quick “so how do you pronounce your name?” requires the  driver to say the confirm the correct name instead of saying “are you ____?” and have any driver simply say, “yes.”

Never get into a car with a driver who claims to be with a ride share service and offers a ride.

If riding alone, sit in the backseat and make sure you can open the doors from the inside to be able to safely exit on either side of the vehicle to avoid moving traffic, as well as giving the driver some personal space.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that using a seat belt is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries related to car accidents.

Share trip details with a friend or family member and be sure to include the driver’s name and license plate number as well as an estimated time of arrival.

There is no need share any personal information such as a phone number or other contact information. All contact should be done through the app which generally ensures privacy is protected.

Trust instincts and intuition. The best judgement is in the moments before and during a ride. If feeling unsafe ever happens, ask to be dropped off immediately and be ready to call 911 for any emergency situation.

Provide honest feedback after any trip to make sure the experience is safe for the next rider.

If any tips were not mentioned that could be helpful in making sure riders are safe, please send an email as this article will be updated.

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