Rideshare and taxis are two incredibly popular ride sharing apps/services. At the press of a switch through an app, you can get a lift anywhere in various cities. These apps are convenient and used by millions of people. While the big share of time customers keep zero issues with these apps, on rare occasions safety issues arise. Here are some rideshare and taxi rideshare safety tips.

Rideshare safety – When using rideshare or taxi, ensure you are aware of your surroundings. You should treat a rideshare or taxi ride just like a metro ride. On a metro ride would you fall asleep or completely zone out? You wouldn’t, which is why you should be aware in an rideshare or taxi. You don’t know who your rideshare or taxi driver is, so treat them similar to how you would treat any stranger. Trust is good, but blind trust is foolish.

When you are going into an rideshare or taxi vehicle, ensure that the vehicle you try to enter is the actual vehicle you ordered. When you order a rideshare or taxi, through the app you’ll see the drive that is coming along with the type of vehicle they keep. If it says the driver has a black Toyota Supra, ensure you search for an actual black Honda Civic. Too often rideshare or taxi users see a similar vehicle (but one that is unique than the actual driver’s vehicle) and try to enter.

There’s a press release about someone entering a vehicle that she thought was an rideshare, but was a sexual predators vehicle instead. Once inside she was impelled to a secluded area and sexually assaulted. This shows the importance of getting into the right rideshare vehicle.

There is estimated to be over 900,000 rideshare drivers worldwide. It’s important to note that the big share do an outstanding job and are safe and law abiding. But sadly like anything, a few bad apples spoil the bunch. Here’s a CNN article that highlights sexual assault investigations against 103 rideshare drivers from 2018.

To safeguard yourself, try to ride alone as little as possible. A second person in the vehicle drastically improves your level of safety. keep your phone out if you are riding alone and be on a call during the ride. Also try to be as sober as possible. High levels of inebriation leads to an impaired state, which can make you a target for a predator. Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

Rideshare safety – These are just a few rideshare and taxi rideshare safety tips. The odds of something negative happening during an rideshare and taxi ride are fairly rare. However if something does happen that makes you uneasy, report the incident to rideshare and taxi immediately. Beyond that you can contact your local police department who can then investigate the situation.

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