In today’s fast-paced world, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft offer convenience and efficiency. However, they can also put your safety at risk.
Sexual assault is a serious concern for rideshare users. Being proactive about your safety can reduce the risks associated with using these services.
Know the possible risks
Data from Uber reported by CNN indicates that the service received 998 sexual assault reports in 2020 alone. The report ranked these incidents in severity from kissing a non-sexual body part without consent to nonconsensual sexual penetration (which represented 141 incidents).
Choose well-lit and crowded pick-up points
When requesting a ride, choose pick-up points that are well-lit and crowded. Opt for locations with people around, such as busy street corners, gas stations and shopping centers. Avoid secluded areas or dimly lit spots where you are alone and vulnerable.
Verify the driver and car details
Check the driver’s photo, name and license plate number against the information provided in the app. Additionally, confirm the car model and color. Legitimate drivers will not mind if you take a moment to double-check these details for your own safety.
Share your trip information
Tell a friend or family member about your rideshare plans. Both Uber and Lyft allow you to share your trip in real-time, enabling someone you trust to monitor your journey. This simple step ensures that someone else knows your whereabouts and can raise an alarm if necessary.
Stay inside until your ride arrives
Wait inside a safe location like a store or cafe until your ride arrives. Avoid waiting alone on the street, especially during late hours. Being in a public, well-lit place reduces the likelihood of encountering potential threats.
Trust your instincts
If something feels off or if the driver’s behavior makes you uncomfortable, do not hesitate to cancel the ride and report your concerns to the ride-sharing company. Your safety should be your top priority.
By remaining vigilant when using these services, you can protect yourself from a potentially dangerous situation.