Today, rideshare apps and services are more prevalent than ever before. Whether rideshare services are your primary source of transportation, your weekend designated driver, or just convenient when you’re away from your car, there are some things you can do to ensure your safety and comfort as a passenger.
After ordering your ride, the first thing you’re going to do is check your app, see what kind of car your driver is in, and find the driver’s name and license plate number. Once the vehicle arrives, it is very important to double-check the make and model of the car along with the license plate number to make sure they are the same as what you see on the app. The last thing you’ll want to do before getting in your drivers’ car is ask them what their name is as a final confirmation that they are indeed the driver registered with your rideshare service.
Once you’ve confirmed that you are getting in the right vehicle with the correct driver, it’s time to get in the car! It is always best to choose the backseat over riding “shotgun.” Sitting in the backseat gives you the option (if needed) to safely exit the vehicle on either side in the off chance that you need to make a quick evacuation.
If you are riding alone, it’s essential to let somebody close to you know that you are about to take a rideshare somewhere. By doing this, you’ve given yourself a person who can provide information to help locate you in the tiny chance an accident or crime is committed. If possible, choose to rideshare with somebody you know and trust over traveling alone!
It’s always nice to strike up a good conversation with a driver if you have the opportunity. It’s also important not to share too much personal information with them. All rideshare employees have thorough background checks done, but you can never be too careful with your personal information. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t talk or have a conversation with your driver, but keep in mind that you should be filtered.
Rideshare is an idea that has truly changed and made the world a safer place. Over 99% of the time, using these tips will be overly cautious and sometimes unnecessary. But to help guarantee the safety of everyone in the car, following these tips will help you get from point A to point B without any hiccups while never even getting behind the wheel.