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Rideshare Safety Doesn’t Stop at the Curb

Nolan Erickson

Popular ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft have been providing a prompt and convenient transportation alternative to users for years now. Whether it’s for a daily commute, a last-mile solution, or to avoid driving while impaired, rideshare apps can be a safe and useful option.

Unfortunately, they also pose serious risks if not used with caution. Uber and Lyft have both faced major safety problems, with the former reporting over 3,045 sexual assaults last year and the latter facing lawsuits from 19 women who were allegedly assaulted. Other driver safety issues include distracted driving.

Most of us learned at a young age not to get into cars with strangers. That same sense of awareness should be with you if you choose to use a rideshare service.

Following a few basic tips can help keep you safe:

  • Tell someone you trust where you are, where you are going, and other details of your trip;
  • Hail your ride from inside to avoid being distracted out in the open;
  • Travel with friends when possible to promote safety in numbers;
  • Never share personal or confidential information;
  • Confirm the details of your ride – do not provide your name first;
  • Sit in the backseat, with your seatbelt on;
  • Actively monitor your trip while using the app

There are several resources online that provide additional advice on using rideshare apps safely. The key takeaway is to be aware of your situation and surroundings – so be sure to keep up your guard when using these services.

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