Hitch a (Safe) Ride

Living in today’s world has a lot of advantages: GPS technology, the internet at our fingertips, and the ability to call a car to drive you anywhere at a moment’s notice.

Apps such as Uber and Lyft have made it easy to get a ride on a night out, when you’re heading to the airport, or if you just don’t want to worry about parking. But when you’re using a rideshare, make sure you’re being as safe as possible.

  1. Wait in a safe place. On rideshare apps, you set the pickup point, so make sure you’re choosing a well-lit and safe area. The app will also tell you where the driver is on their way to you, so you don’t have to wait outside – stay inside until you know they’re ready for you.
  2. Confirm the driver’s details. Once you’ve been assigned a driver, the app tells you who they are. When your ride arrives, check that the car’s make and model and license plate match the info you’ve been given, and that the driver’s photo matches as well.
  3. Ask “What’s my name?” or “Who are picking up?” This is an important one. You should always have the driver confirm your name to you BEFORE you tell them your name. If you ask “Are you here for Sam?” a fake driver could say yes. But if you ask “Who are you here for?” and they say your name, you know this is the driver you’ve been sent.
  4. Safety in numbers. If possible, try and ride with a buddy. It’s always safer with more people, and you can split the cost of the ride!
  5. Track your ride along the way. The app will show you where you’re heading and the route your driver is taking, along with your ETA. Follow along to make sure everything is as it should be. Uber and Lyft also both allow you to share your ride with someone, so they can track your location in real time.
  6. Trust your gut. Listen to your instincts – if something feels off, speak up or end your ride if you’re in a safe spot. Your wellbeing is more important than your passenger rating!

Always take precautions when you’re using a rideshare, and don’t forget to rate your driver — good or bad. This helps other users stay safe as well. Happy riding!

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from: https://www.safety.com/rideshare-safety-tips/