2016 is nearly here and people are busily making their New Year’s Eve plans to ring in the New Year. It’s also important to consider how one is getting from place to place, especially if alcohol is involved.
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular as great alternatives to driving yourself or taking public transportation, especially on New Year’s Eve (one of their busiest nights of the year!). Using an app to request a ride, the rideshare network will then connect you with a driver in your area that can drive you to your destination. The service is similar to that of a taxi, but allows these drivers to operate on their own schedule, often as a side job in their spare time.
As rideshare services have become more popular, there have been reported incidents involving Uber and Lyft that have made some weary of utilizing these services. However, by taking a few simple safety precautions, one can have a positive experience.
If you’re thinking about using one of these services, here are some tips from USA Today to keep in mind:
- Before you get into the car, check the identity of the driver and their car.
When you are connected with a driver, their first name, photo, license plate number, and a picture of the vehicle are sent to you via the rideshare app.
- Wait indoors until you receive notification that your ride has arrived.
Wait in a safe area, either indoors or in a crowded public area, until your ride has arrived.
- Let someone know.
The Uber app allows you to notify your own contacts of your whereabouts and estimated time of arrival.
- Pay attention to the driver’s rating on the app.
Most of these apps also give riders and drivers an opportunity to rate each other, encouraging both parties to have good behavior.
Source: USA Today