Ridesharing services have become an integral part of life, providing convenient transportation options at the tap of a button. However, you may have reservations about the safety of these applications.
Therefore, it is important to know how to keep yourself safe.
Did you know that more than 11 billion rideshare trips have occurred since their introduction in 2010? Unfortunately, rideshare accidents contribute to the more than 1.3 people who die and 70 million people who become disabled in motor vehicle incidents every year.
Therefore, before confirming your ride, take a moment to check the driver’s rating and reviews. Drivers with higher ratings are generally more reliable and courteous. They also tend to be safe drivers. If a driver has a low rating or a pattern of negative reviews, look for another driver.
Once your ride arrives, check the vehicle’s make and model, as well as the license plate. Ensure they match the information provided in the app. This simple step helps ensure you are entering the right vehicle.
A well-maintained and clean vehicle often indicates a driver’s commitment to safety and professionalism. If you find the vehicle in poor condition, you have the right to request a clean and safe ride. Look for safety features in the vehicle, such as functioning seatbelts, first aid kits and safety tools. Watch the driver to see if he or she follows traffic laws and drives responsibly throughout the journey.
If you ever feel uncomfortable or encounter any safety concerns, remember that you have the right to end the ride or report the issue to the rideshare company. After your ride, use the rating system to provide feedback on the vehicle. This not only informs the rideshare company but also helps other passengers make informed decisions.