Even though millions of New Yorkers use Uber and Lyft, the two most popular ridesharing services, there are still concerns about the safety of these taxi alternatives.
What Are the Risks of Ridesharing?
Accidents can occur regardless of the mode of transportation, but ridesharing services pose unique dangers.
There are numerous dangers for Uber and Lyft passengers:
- Getting into the wrong car by mistake
- Having been involved in a collision
- Using drivers with low ratings who have not been removed from the service.
When working for a rideshare company, drivers must also observe safety precautions, such as:
- Road safety and accidents
- Passengers who are intoxicated or unpredictable, especially at night
- Low-rated, potentially riskier passengers
Drivers must also consider insurance gaps and whether their Uber or Lyft insurance will cover them in the event of an accident.
What Are Some Tips for Safer Rideshare Use?
Consider your safety first and decline to complete the ride if you feel uncomfortable with the driver or the fare, whether you are the passenger or the driver.
When your car arrives, compare its specifications to those listed in the app. Check the vehicle’s make, model, and licence plate number. This is especially important in densely populated areas or large cities where many vehicles appear identical.
When accepting a ride, the driver’s photo and rating (1-5) are displayed. When the driver arrives, compare their photo to the person driving the vehicle to ensure that someone else is not using their profile. If something about their appearance makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do not be afraid to cancel the ride.
Ask the driver who they are expected to pick up before stating your name. This reduces confusion for passengers and identifies the correct driver for your transportation.
If you are travelling alone, ensure that you have someone to confirm your safe arrival at your destination. Set up a buddy system, or call a family member or colleague when you reach your destination.
Each Uber and Lyft vehicle must have at least five functioning seat belts. Make sure you utilise yours. Sit elsewhere if it does not function, or cancel the ride and notify the ride-sharing company of the malfunctioning seat belt.
It is acceptable to speak up if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. If your driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do not enter the vehicle and contact the ridesharing company immediately.
Or, if the driver begins making inappropriate comments or sexual advances, speak up or ask to be let out of the vehicle; just be sure to do so in a safe place. Contact the police if you’re in danger by dialling 911 or using the emergency alert feature in your app.
Use These Tips to Stay Safe When Taking an Uber or Lyft
Although Uber and Lyft have numerous safety features, occasionally a predator can slip through the cracks. Follow these safety tips when using a ridesharing service to protect yourself.
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