In New York and in many other states in the nation, drivers who do not own a vehicle or who depend on public transportation now have other options when attempting to go somewhere. Using their app, drivers can contact Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies, to let them know they need a ride. In fact 36% of Americans have used rideshare travel options at some point within the last five years, according to Pew Research Center. 

Whether you have used rideshare in the past or you intend to use it in the future, it is critical to understand how the process works. Furthermore, you should incorporate certain safety tips to ensure your rideshare travel is safe. 

Safety first 

When choosing a rideshare driver, choose one with the highest rating possible. Drivers get their ratings from experience and the feedback from prior passengers. Make sure you always tell a friend or family member where you are going. You can use the ‘share trip status’ option to share with friends. In the event that something should happen, others can track your whereabouts. 

Also, before you jump into the rideshare, check the license plate and make sure that it matches up with the plate and the name given on your app. Always wear your seatbelt and ride in the back seat for safety. 

Riding tips 

In some cases, passengers may get scammed by rideshare drivers. Keep in mind the following: 

  • Never pull out your wallet, but pay with the app after your ride 
  • Use 911 to call for help should something go wrong with your driver 
  • Always check to ensure you are on the right route 
  • Avoid sharing personal information with the driver 

Rideshare options can be extremely helpful if you are in a bind or need a ride to a destination. Always ensure you stay informed so you can maximize your safety. 

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