How to stay safe when using rideshare apps

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Not taking a ride from a stranger is the advice you commonly hear, but what if that’s your way of getting to your destination?

“As far as Uber goes they worry about our safety, the drivers and the riders especially the riders,” says Aneal Augustus, Uber Driver.

Share riding apps like Uber and Lyft are raising a lot of questions related to safety.  This past week a USC student in Columbia South Carolina was murdered after getting inside of what she thought was an Uber car. In Columbus, the incident has many Uber users proceeding with caution.

“I’ve been an Uber driver for two and a half years now. I Uber sometimes here and there because It gives you that flexibility. I never had an instance where I had someone get into my vehicle and it’s the wrong vehicle,” says Kaelan Boyd, Uber driver.

Using the Uber app is quick and easy. but before you climb in it’s crucial to be on high alert. 

“They give you the picture of the person of course the licence plate number and also gives you some instructions on what to look for on the vehicle such as this Uber sticker,” says Boyd.

Boyd says Uber drivers should say the person’s name to confirm who they are picking up. Unfortunately, anyone can go online and print out a temporary Uber decal and stick it on their windshield. That’s why it’s recommended to go the extra mile. 

“Whenever you are calling for an Uber make sure the sticker is there and if the sticker isn’t there then of course look at the licence plate,” says Boyd.

 For more tips on how to stay safe when using ride sharing apps, click here.

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