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Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are operating in more areas every year. What was once only common in large cities, is often a service found in smaller communities. These “on-demand” ride services can be especially convenient when traveling to a new area for both business and pleasure. Whether you’re a rideshare veteran or an occasional, new rider, it is important to pay attention to your personal safety. Read on to learn some tips, dos and don’ts and general precautions you should take when using rideshare services.
How They Work
Getting started with a rideshare service is easy. Once you download the app to your smartphone, it is just a matter of establishing an account and linking a form of payment. When you need a ride, simply open the app and enter your destination. If you have location services engaged on your smartphone, the app will already know your pick-up location, but you can enter that as well. The app will then tell you how long it will be until your ride will arrive. You will have an option to tip and rate the driver all within the app after your trip is complete.
Imposters. There are stories of people posing as drivers to take advantage of passengers for criminal purposes.
Accidents. Depending on your personal driving record, the rideshare driver may be safer! All drivers must pass a background check and there are minimum requirements to become an approved rideshare driver. Nevertheless, accidents can occur.
Criminals. While leading rideshare companies require driving and background checks, investigations have shown that the evaluation methods are not foolproof. Both major companies report continued improvement in the evaluation process for new drivers.
Top Safety Tips
In closing, both leading rideshare apps now have an in-app panic button to call 911. It is vital that you report any illegal, dangerous or suspicious behavior to the proper local authorities as well as the rideshare company.
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