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Uber. Lyft. Ridesharing will be big this year, and we can see why. They’re quick, they’re comfortable, they’re cheap, and if used correctly, safe. If you are traveling around a new city, it’s a great way to get about and see it like a local – get a good driver, and you might even find out about some of the hidden gems the city has to offer.

How To Stay Safe When Ride Sharing

However, like all methods of public transport, it is essential to be aware and take a few precautions to keep yourself safe, and here, we are going to look at a few of the things you can do.

1) Let someone else know where you are

It’s always a good idea to let someone else – a relative or a friend – know where you are anyway, especially if you are using a taxi or a ride-sharing company. Before you hop into the car, please take a quick photo of the license plate and text them your driver’s name and the vehicle’s make.

No decent driver will mind you doing this. If you’re using Lyft or Uber, you can share your location or trip through the app. The person you send it to can follow your trip and make sure you get to your destination safely.

How To Stay Safe When Ride Sharing

2) Be careful of what you share

It’s great to chat with your driver, especially if you are not from the area, looking for hints and tips, or want to find out new places to visit, but be aware of how much personal information you are giving out.

They don’t need to know your full name, address or phone number, how long you are staying, or whether you are alone. Keep the conversation neutral and friendly, and you will be fine.

3) Check details before you get in

Unfortunately, there are some scammers out there parading around as drivers. Before you get into the car, confirm it is your driver and it matches the details on the app. It is also important to ask them for the name they are expecting rather than giving them your name first.

How To Stay Safe When Ride Sharing

4) Belt up

Part of Uber’s feedback on passengers is based on whether they wear a seatbelt. It can also prevent you from being seriously injured in an accident. If you were involved in a crash, you might need to seek advice on a ride sharing accident claim.

5 Give them feedback

Ok, so in the short term, this isn’t going to do anything, but if you have a good driver, give them good feedback. If you have a bad one, give them bad feedback. It will get them off the roads – especially as Uber is rumoured to get rid of drivers if their feedback drops below a certain point.

6) Keep an eye on your surroundings

How To Stay Safe When Ride Sharing

This is easier said than done if you are in a new area, but do your research, particularly if you are travelling at night. Look at what businesses and stores are open along the route. Follow your journey on your map or GPS app so that you know that your driver is going in the right direction and not taking any dodgy side roads.

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