Uber and Lyft are popular ride-sharing services and have become a popular option to calling a taxi. We want to offer tips to keep you safe when you call for, and get into an Uber or Lyft car.
In the news recently a woman in South Carolina was abducted when she jumped into a vehicle she thought was the Uber she’d called. It turns out it wasn’t the Uber she was expecting. I feel so sorry for her and her family as she was abducted and murdered.
I wanted to point out how to be safe and aware when you’re jumping into an Uber.
Here are my Uber safety tips:
- Look at the app and match the vehicle on the app with the one that’s arrived
- Check the license plate on the vehicle with the one on the app
- Take a photo of the vehicle
- Take a photo of the driver; you can do this quickly and without the driver’s knowledge
- Call a friend or family member once you’re in the vehicle and let them know the driver’s name, the vehicle type, license plate and your destination
Whenever you’re dealing with someone new or someone you’ve just met, take their photo quickly. They don’t need to know. Take a selfie.
Be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are and how you can summon help if you need to.
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