Do you use a ride-sharing service to commute to and from work? There's no denying the fact that ride-sharing is a popular alternative to driving. According to Pew, 36% of Americans have used a ride-sharing service at least once. While ride-sharing is undoubtedly convenient, though, riders should follow some basic safety tips when using a ride-sharing service.
Stick With Uber or Lyft
There are over a half-dozen ride-sharing services, but none compare to the quality and performance of Uber and Lyft. These two companies have become synonymous with ride-sharing. They've been around for years, and during that time, they've established themselves as credible and legitimate ride-sharing service providers.
Check Driver's Rating
After purchasing a ride through the ride-sharing service's app, take a minute to look at the driver's rating. Whether you use Uber or Lyft, you'll be able to see the driver's average rating. If the driver has a high rating, you can rest assured knowing that the majority of his or her past riders has a positive experience. If the drier has a low rating, on the other hand, you may want to cancel the trip. After canceling the trip, you can repurchase the trip to receive a different driver.
Confirm the Vehicle
Always confirm the driver's vehicle when using a ride-sharing service. Like the driver's rating, you can check the driver's vehicle in the ride-sharing app. The app should reveal the make and model, as well as a picture, of the driver's vehicle. If a vehicle that doesn't match this description tries to pick you up, don't get into it.
Follow the Route
Once you've entered the driver's vehicle, use either the ride-sharing app or a navigation app to follow the route to your intended destination. If the driver attempts to take you elsewhere, you'll be able to see firsthand what's happening, in which case you can call 911 to alert the authorities. Both the Lyft and Uber app have a 911 button that you can press or tap to immediately call 911.
Just because you use a ride-sharing service doesn't mean that you shouldn't use your seatbelt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts save over 15,000 lives each year in the United States. Hopefully, the driver doesn't get into an accident. But if an accident occurs, you are less likely to sustain a serious or fatal injury if you wear your seatbelt.