Uber as a pioneer in ridesharing has become a preferred means of transportation for many. Uber drivers and Uber passengers who have signed up to use the Uber service are matched once a ride request is placed. This makes Uber a middleman between these two parties. Uber, in its bid to protect both parties created a plethora of in-app features to protect passengers and drivers. Also, background checks are carried out by the rideshare giant on its drivers. However, the Uber service is not devoid of loopholes. Passengers have to be at alert all the time. This post was created to share some Uber passenger safety tips.
Rape and assault cases have been brought against various Uber drivers around the world. In 2017, an Uber passenger in Virginia was abducted and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver after he picked her up. In California, an unconscious teenage girl was raped by an Uber driver a few feet from her home and was discovered by concerned relatives who used the tracking feature to locate the Uber. An Indian Uber driver was arrested for raping a female passenger in December, of 2014.
Despite the perks of patronizing Uber’s services and how easy the service has made transportation, it is particularly important for passengers to be vigilant during trips and also to take advantage of all the Uber app safety features. Below are some tips to ensure Uber passenger safety:
Tips For Uber Passenger Safety
Verify Your Driver and Vehicle details on the Uber app
The driver’s first name, photo, license plate number, picture of the vehicle and their driver’s rating is shown to every rider once a ride request is successfully placed. With this, passengers will be unlikely to fall victim to fake drivers.
Once the driver is outside, it is important to verify the car details and the driver should identify you by name and vice versa.
Request Your Ride and Wait Indoors
There is no point waiting outside for your Uber cab to arrive. This can make you anxious and a target for fake drivers. Wait indoors till the Uber app notifies you of the driver’s arrival.
Share Trip Details with Loved Ones
Uber has provided a feature within the app that allows riders share their trip details with loved ones. Details like ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) and route can be seen by whomever the trip is shared with. Hence, someone other than yourself can keep an eye on you during the trip and monitor your progress till you arrive at your destination. While en route, tap “Share status” in the app to share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. They can see all these details without downloading the Uber app.
Seat at the Backseat
This helps create some personal space between you and the driver. This also makes it easier for you to exit the car when you want to.
Trust your Instincts
If something doesn’t feel right, just make your excuses and exit the vehicle. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If during the ride you feel threatened in any way, call 911 immediately.
Overall, Uber has tried to help passengers feel safe by providing in app safety features. However, human resources can be really difficult to control or manage. The onus lies on all passengers to exhibit caution and stay alert before using an Uber.
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