Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft may be convenient, but they aren’t necessarily the most safe — especially if you’re a female passenger riding alone. Before you order your next car, consider these safety tips. They could save your life!
1. VERIFY THE IDENTITY OF THE DRIVER AND THEIR CAR BEFORE YOU GET IN
Uber and Lyft provide riders with their driver’s first name, photo, license plate number and a picture of the vehicle and their driver’s rating. You should always check the car make, license plate, and driver's name before getting in. Otherwise, you could run the risk of getting into a car with a fake driver.
2. WAIT INSIDE FOR YOUR RIDE TO COME
Rather than waiting on the street or in an unsafe area, you should always wait inside or at a very public place. Wait until you get notified of your driver's arrival to head to the street.
3. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY
Whether you use the apps' features to notify your contacts, use a different app like "Friend Finder," or simply text where you are leaving from and going to, you should always let someone know your whereabouts in case of an emergency.
4. TAKE NOTE OF THE DRIVER’S RATING ON THE APP
Be selective when you are assigned a driver. If the driver who picks you up has low ratings or questionable reviews, just cancel the ride and request a new one. It's not worth the risk of getting in the car with an unsavory person.
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