I think the creation of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft have been a great addition to the way we get around. Personally, I hated the cabs in DC. They took longer routes to get increased fares and sometimes wouldn’t take you to your destination because the probability of driver picking up another fare in that area was low. So when ride sharing services started becoming available in DC, I jumped right on it and I love it. I use Uber at least 5-10 times per week. With a quick use of an app on my phone, I’ve got a car ready to pick me up in minutes. It’s so convenient; you can’t beat it. I live in downtown DC and haven’t owned a car in over ten years. I know that might seem so odd to some but I really don’t need one. I have access to public transportation with Metro, I use ZipCar (car rentals by the hour) if I need to leave the city, I can walk to many places, and then I use Uber.
I get asked a lot if I feel safe when I use Uber. While my answer is always, ‘yes’ it’s always caveated with ‘but I’m cautious’. Because let’s not forget that feeling safe is relative. Yes I “feel safe” but really what I mean is that I don’t have concerns using a ride share service because I make sure that I follow some simple rules.
There are many stories of people who have run into issues with their ride share driver from minor verbal altercations to more severe and life altering threats or even attacks. Most recently, the tragic murder of college student Samantha Josephon made headlines because she mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber. It’s terrible that we have to live in a world where evil people exist and want inflict harm onto others. But it is reality and we can’t turn a blind eye to it. All we can do is prepare ourselves with the knowledge and tools to help prevent something happening and to give us a fighting chance if harm were to come our way.
Since I would consider myself an avid Uber user I wanted to share my tips that I follow when using a car sharing service. Some of these tips may seem obvious but it surprises me just how many that use car sharing don’t follow them; I’ve had people try to get into my Uber thinking it was theirs because well, they just didn’t follow some of the basic rules.
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