Ridesharing Safety Tips

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As a college student, you’ve probably used Uber, Lyft, or some other ridesharing service. And even if you haven’t, you know someone who has. Ridesharing is a convenient, and typically inexpensive, way to get around. Whether you need a safe way to get home after a night out, or you just need a ride to the airport, this service is helpful to many different people. Unfortunately, there have been recent nationwide reports of vehicles posing as a rideshare vehicle to pick up passengers for the purpose of robbing them. But don't worry, these services can still be perfectly safe. Just follow these 5 tips before you get in AND once you are inside the vehicle whenever you order an Uber or Lyft.

Check the License Plate
Before you get into a vehicle that you believe is there for you, check the license plate. Make sure that it matches up exactly with the vehicle information that you see on the app you ordered the ride from. Just because a vehicle is the right color, doesn’t mean it’s the vehicle you ordered. 

Make Sure the Driver is There For You
When you approach the vehicle rather than asking the driver “Are you here for ____?”, ask them “Who are you here for?”. This way they will have to prove that they know your name and that they are there for you and you are not just providing them with this information. 

Track Your Trip 
When you order a ride from Uber or Lyft, the optimal route to where you’re going will show up on a map. Once you get in the vehicle it will show exactly where the vehicle is on the map as you head towards your destination. If you notice your driver is not taking the suggested route, ask them why this is. If you don’t like their answer, call someone! 

Share Your Trip Status 
Rideshare apps allow you to connect with your contacts so you can share your location with friends and family while you’re in the vehicle.This way they’ll be able to see what time you’ll be arriving at your destination and make sure that you get there safely. Learn more about how to do this from the Uber and Lyft apps before your next trip! 

Ride With Friends
Using the buddy system is always a good idea, especially when using rideshare services. When traveling with a group everyone can watch out for one another, your friend may notice something that you don’t!  Make sure that even when you are traveling with others, you still take the proper precautions before entering a vehicle for a rideshare service. 

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