Ridesharing options have made it easier and more affordable to get around New York, but they have also come with their fair share of issues. At the top of the list is safety concerns. Since rideshare drivers use their own vehicles and due to the nature of the whole process, there are chances for you to get into a bad situation. That is why you need to be careful and follow some tips for ensuring your ridesharing experience is a safe one.
Forbes suggests being inquisitive when you order a car through ridesharing. This starts with getting to know the app and its safety features. If possible, always block your personal information. You do not want to give out more information than absolutely necessary. When your car arrives, do not just assume it is the right one. Check the license plate and driver against the information in your app. Also, ask the driver to tell you your name. Do not offer it.
Once in the car, you should follow basic safety precautions. This starts with sitting in the backseat. Plus, you should always wear your seatbelt.
Make sure you alert a friend, family member or someone about your plans and tell them you are using ridesharing. Even if it is last minute, make sure someone knows what you are doing. Above all else, always follow your instincts. Even if it is the right car and driver, if anything feels off, then follow your gut. It is usually right. This information is for education and is not legal advice.