Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft are very popular in Florida. People use them to get a ride home after a night out drinking, to have a more relaxing commute to work, or to avoid the costs associated with buying and maintaining their own personal vehicle.
However, while these apps may be convenient and cost-effective, riders must observe some basic safety precautions to ensure they get from point A to point B safely.
Know who is driving
When a car arrives, make sure it is the car and driver noted in your app. Look at the driver’s appearance, confirm the make and model of the vehicle, and check the license plate to be sure the car you get into matches the one you requested. You can also check to be sure your driver knows your name.
Pay attention to your driver’s behavior. If he or she is distracted, violating traffic laws or doing other things that make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, you can request that he or she pull over and let you out as soon as it is safe to do so.
Be a safe passenger
As a passenger, you have more control over your safety than you might think. For instance, you should always wear your seat belt. This is true even if you’re in the back seat, which is typically the safest place to sit.
And while there is nothing wrong with chatting with your driver during your ride, don’t be a distraction. Let your driver focus on driving. Avoid being too loud or rowdy, and keep your special requests to a minimum. You should also refrain from asking your driver to do anything illegal or unsafe, such as speeding or taking dangerous shortcuts.
Finally, whether you are waiting for your ride or exiting the vehicle, make sure you are in a safe place. Do not swing your door open in traffic or wait in a spot that requires your driver to make a dangerous stop.
Keeping these tips in mind can make it easier to avoid serious accidents in a rideshare vehicle and get to where you need to go safely.