October 17, 2017

3 Tips to Stay Safe When Taking an Uber

When taking any type of public transportation, it is important to follow preventative measures to ensure that you and others that are traveling with you are safe. Whether you are sober or you have had a few drinks with friends, making sure that you are safe when using public transportation can ensure that you end the day or night on a good note. You may be wondering how safety plays a role in taking an Uber, but it does. 

This article will highlight several tips on how you can be safe when taking an Uber



1. Plan ahead and request your ride from inside if at all possible. 

This is particularly important if you are requesting a ride in the evening or after dark. The reason for this is that standing outside in the dark can open yourself up to potential risks as you may not know who is around you. If you are enjoying a lovely night out with friends at a local pub and then stand on the street waiting for your Uber after the pub has closed down, there could be a limited number of people around you and this is a time in which predators pounce on those they perceive to be an easy target. By planning your ride ahead and staying indoors until the ride arrives, you can eliminate any potential unsavory actions from others. 

2. Sit in the backseat and wear your seatbelt. 

When traveling in any car, sitting in the backseat is typically the safest part of the vehicle. The same goes for traveling in an Uber car. When at all possible, sit in the backseat with your seatbelt on and ride with a friend. As soon as the Uber pulls up, confirm that it is the right car, hop into the backseat and while putting your seatbelt on, confirm your destination with your driver. 

3. Share your location or trip information with friends. 

Allowing your friends to know where you are at any given time is important. It can ensure that you are safe and that if something was to go wrong, your friend or family member could alert authorities immediately. This may seem like an outlandish concern, but prevention is key to staying safe in your surroundings. There is no way that you can be too hypervigilant when it comes to your own safety.   

There are other ways to ensure your safety when taking an Uber such as providing only the information that is on your app to the driver. The driver should not ask you for personal information and if the driver does so, you may consider reporting it to Uber so that they can make note of it. Driver’s should simply be courteous and polite and take you from point A to point B in a safe and reliable manner. For additional information on Uber services and ridesharing, be sure to visit www.rydely.com.

8 comments:

  1. One thing I always remember (and I hope I will never, ever forget) is #3. It works not just for Uber but for taxis too. Mas madalas kami mag taxi kesa mag Uber pero pinakamadalas parin, mag commute via puj/pub/puv.

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    1. Takot ko magtaxi din so mas okay ako sa jeep at bus pag mag-isa.

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  2. I rarely use Uber, but I understand from my friends and officemates that it's much safer to use than public transport. I hope it remains a safe option for the riding public. Great tips. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. There's no Uber here in Davao City, but I'm still glad to have read these tips because some of them are applicable to riding in taxis, too!

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  4. Thank you for the tips. I usually do the #3 I always sending the taxi's plate number to my husband kahit nung wala pa yong uber. Helpful ang uber/grab kasi choosy mga taxi nowadays lalo na pag maulan. :(

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  5. Thanks for this! Recently I had a really annoying misadventure, pero Grab naman. I booked a wrong destination na kapangalan nung place na pupuntahan ko. I didn't double check. And I didn't confirm with the driver nung sumakay ako. So yeah. Hassle talaga and it's all my fault. :)

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    1. Aww, hassle naman pala kung may kapangalan. Nasayang pa pati oras mo.

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  6. You can actually share a trip which I find very helpful and makes me feel safe. Uber can make you feel like you don't have to be as weary but you should really be on alert anyway just to be sure.

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