Despite the numerous, ongoing safety issues with these ridesharing apps, there are a number of steps you can take to improve safety when taking an Uber or Lyft alone:
- Wait inside for your car to come. Because safety issues have arisen with drivers pretending to be Uber/Lyft drivers, it’s best not to be standing outside looking around for your ride to come, which makes you prey for nefarious impostors.
- Confirm the identity of your driver before getting in. Your ridesharing app should send you all relevant information on your driver, including name and photo. Ask the driver to roll down the window so you can confirm this information before getting in.
- Send updates to a friend. The services now let you share your route with others through text, which gives them a GPS tracking of your ride along with information about the driver.
- Watch your alcohol intake. One of the great benefits of ridesharing apps is that they can reduce the level of drinking and driving on the roads, but if you become too inebriated, then you won’t be able to follow the safety tips described above and you put yourself at risk that a driver or anyone else can take advantage of you. If you’re too inebriated to take care of yourself, it may be best to have a friend come with you on the ride.