Everyone should take precautions whenever they are out late or just traveling by themselves in general. Public transportation, while the most affordable option, may not always be the safest way to travel for a woman alone at night. However, a popular alternative to public transportation is the use of rideshare apps. Here is a quick guide as well as some tips to help you have safe travels.
What Are Rideshare Apps?
Ridesharing is a community-based form of transportation where people, as independent contractors, sell rides to other people. This is all coordinated via some form of an app where both parties are members. Just like a taxi, the rides are for profit; however, the drivers utilize their own vehicles and work independently using the app, and they pick up rides or fares whenever they want. Many people prefer to use a rideshare app over a traditional taxi because the fares tend to be more affordable and the service can be much more accessible at times. In fact, some businesses even prefer using an app because it’s just so convenient. In the past, you would have had to find a taxi service that works late night or hope to find a taxi, but with rideshare apps, any available driver who wants the fare will see your request and can accept it.
It is pretty easy and quick to get started using a ridesharing app if you have a smartphone. Simply download the app to your phone, add your payment information, and you are good to go. When you request a ride, your phone's GPS will show the driver where you are located as well as where you are going. Once your ride is over, you can simply get out at your destination without having to pull out your wallet as the ride has already been paid for.
Using Rideshare Apps Safely
Before you get into the vehicle, you should verify that the license plate is correct as well as let family or friends know that you are accepting the ride. If you are uncomfortable with the driver for whatever reason, you can cancel your rides until you receive a driver that you are fine with. There is another thing to keep in mind when using rideshare apps: accidents. According to lawyers, if an accident occurs, you cannot file a "no-fault" insurance claim unless you've suffered serious harm. This is because these cars are not company-issued and are personal vehicles. So to avoid too much trouble, remember this fact when choosing your mode of transportation.
Checking the reviews of a potential driver is one of the best ways to determine whether you want to accept the ride. A driver with a very low rating may have issues with the way they drive or even just the overall service. Either way, as a woman traveling alone, especially at night, you can never be too careful. If you read bad reviews for a driver, there’s no shame in switching to another driver. Your safety is more important than a driver’s feelings.
These are just a few tips to help you adjust to this new method of transportation. If you feel that something is off, you should follow your instincts. It is always better to cancel rides that you are unsure about if it means staying safe.
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