Staying Safe with Rideshares

Using rideshare apps, such as Uber and Lyft is increasingly popular and can provide a safe ride, convenience and transportation for those who don’t own a car.  But putting trust in the hands of any stranger can be a stressful situation. When it comes to rideshare apps, it is important for passengers to remember that even though these companies conduct background checks, just about anyone can sign up to be a Lyft or Uber driver. Exercising some precautions with some rideshare safety tips can provide valuable peace of mind any time you ride:

Arrange a Safe Pickup Spot

When it comes to rideshares, the most vulnerable period for any passenger is likely in the minutes before and after the ride. This is particularly true when the rideshare is being accessed in an unfamiliar area. Although it can be tempting to wait outside and spot the driver, it is better practice to stay patient and wait indoors.

Let the app track your driver. And let the messaging features work out any confusion if your driver can’t find you. It is much easier for a driver to find a landmark building or street address than a particular spot on a sidewalk.

When your ride arrives, ask the driver to confirm your name in the app and check the license plates. Make sure that you are getting into the right car.

Check the Driver’s Rating

Rideshare services allow passengers to rate their drivers. Choosing a driver that is known for their overall attention to schedule, safety, and hospitality reduces the odds of getting stuck with a bad driver. Always be sure to consider the number of rides the driver has taken because general reviews are not a reliable indicator when it comes to new and infrequent drivers.

Be Discreet

Never answer any personal questions or engage with the driver in a manner that is overly open and friendly. Don’t let the driver know about your daily events or even whether he is taking you home. Keep them in the dark about your personal life to reduce the risks of a break-in or identity theft. Don’t allow the driver to profile you and make you their next victim.

Ride in Groups and Call 911

It is preferable to ride in groups because there is safety in numbers. A driver may be able to overpower one person but is unlikely to strong-arm rob a group. If you are unable to ride in groups, ride in a virtual group by keeping your close contacts apprised of your travels. Apps offer a now offer a “share my trip feature” so you can let someone know of your route.

This way, if you don’t make it from point A to point B in an expected time span, they will be able to check in on you and locate your whereabouts with greater precision.

If you ever feel uncomfortable with a driver or situation, be prepared to refuse the ride and call 911 in an emergency.

Sit in the Rear Seats and Wear a Safety Belt

No matter how much experience a driver may have in deftly navigating the city streets to speed their passengers around, there is always the risk of an accident. Sitting in the rear and wearing a safety belt will help to mitigate the risks of injury if an accident occurs.


Rideshare apps offer a convenient way to get around without a car or public transportation. Unfortunately, there can be situations that put you at risk. Dangerous drivers can cause accidents and assaults do occur. Taking a few precautions can help assure you arrive safely at your destination.

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