You need a ride from the airport late at night, after your husband has put your children to bed. This is the perfect time to use a ride-share to get home, right? While your husband and his friends are off fishing for the weekend, you and your best friend have a girls’ night out, drink more than you planned to and want to avoid getting a DUI. You call a ride share because that’s certainly better than driving drunk. You’ll be safe, right?
Most of the time, yes. However, ride-share passengers need to be aware of their safety. According to a 2018 study, the growth of ride-share services helped the number of vehicle accident fatalities to jump 2 to 3%, because of the increase of ride-share drivers on the road. Not only that, but late last year, Uber noted that hundreds of passengers reported sexual assaults during ride-shares in 2017 and 2018, including rapes, attempted rapes, groping and unwanted kissing. Most of these assaults came from drivers or fellow passengers.
As a result, passengers should follow these seven tips to stay safe during their next ride-share:
- Digitally share their trip information with others. By doing this, loved ones can track if you arrived where you needed to go safely.
- Avoid riding alone as much as possible.
- Pick a driver with a good rating and even one of the same gender if it makes you feel safer.
- Ask your driver who they are picking up before you get in. Also, double check that your driver’s license plates and photos match their profile in the app. This will ensure you are getting in the right vehicle.
- Sit in the back seat, with your seatbelt buckled. If you want to watch a driver’s action more closely, sit in the back on the passenger side.
- Rate your driver. By giving good drivers strong ratings and subpar drivers bad ones, it will help keep bad ride-share drivers off the road.
- Tell your driver you care about arriving to your destination safely and will be rating them. Drivers are more likely to be careful, and not commit crimes, if you communicate with them that you will be rating them on the safety of your ride.
Ride-sharing comes with many conveniences and benefits. If you practice these safety tips, you are more likely to arrive at your destination safely every time you use a ride-share.