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Tips for remaining as safe as possible during a rideshare trip

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Rideshare Assaults

People take a rideshare for many different reasons. Whether you’re taking a rideshare because of a night out drinking, not wanting to have to worry about parking at a destination or any other reason, you should take proactive steps to remain safe.

Why? There are several risks that come with using a rideshare. These include things like being involved in a crash or even being assaulted by the driver.

Verify the ride details

Before entering a rideshare vehicle, it’s critical to verify the ride details provided by the app. Check the driver’s name, car make and model and license plate number against what is shown on your phone. Many rideshare apps also provide a photo of the driver. Ensuring all these details match up before getting into the car is the first step in protecting yourself.

Share your trip details

Share your trip details with a trusted friend or family member. You may be able to do this right from the app. This includes the driver’s name, their vehicle and your route. Using this feature can add an extra layer of safety, so someone you trust knows your whereabouts and can track your trip in real-time.

Stay in public areas while waiting

When waiting for your rideshare to arrive, stay in a well-lit, public area. Avoid waiting in secluded or poorly lit areas, especially at night. This reduces the risk of being approached by someone with ill intentions, including those pretending to be rideshare drivers.

Sit in the backseat

Sitting in the backseat offers two main advantages: it gives you and the driver some personal space, and it allows you to exit the vehicle from either side safely. Sitting in the back also gives you a better ability to defend yourself if necessary and provides a clear view of the driver and the surroundings.

Use the app’s safety features

Familiarize yourself with the safety features offered by your rideshare app. Many apps have built-in emergency buttons or ways to discreetly signal that you need help. Knowing how to quickly access these features can provide a crucial safety net during your trip.

If you suffer any harm during a rideshare trip, you should document the incident. You may opt to pursue a compensation claim to help deal with your financial damages. Seeking personalized legal guidance is a good way to get started.