Ride sharing apps are becoming
popular these days. They’re a practical way to get to the destination. If
you’re visiting a different place, it also helps you avoid getting lost.
Instead of telling the cab driver where to go, the app will provide the details
on your behalf. You don’t even need to speak with the driver throughout the
Although it’s convenient, ride sharing
can also be a risk. Imagine being in a car full of people you don’t know. If
you want to stay safe, you
should remember these tips.
Always check the plate number
Before hopping inside the car, you
need to check the plate number located at either front or back of the vehicle.
Carefully check every detail since some of them are quite close. You don’t want
to enter the wrong car and be at risk. There have been unwanted incidents in
the past involving passengers hopping on the wrong car. Since you’re
technically not using the service of the ride sharing company, you can’t run
after them. Even if you call for assistance, there’s nothing that the company
Bring items that will protect you
from an attack
bag needs to have a pepper spray or any other legal item that you can use
in case someone attacks you. It’s easier to escape the vehicle when you have
incapacitated the attacker. As soon as you succeeded, you have to run as fast
as you can. Head towards the crowd and ask for help.
Save emergency contact information on
It’s easier to ask for help when you have the number
on speed dials. Scanning your contacts or dialing the number is more
difficult during emergency situations. You might also be in a panic mode.
Include the local emergency number, hotline of the ride sharing company, and
the number of a loved one.
Always be aware of your
Take your headphone off throughout the
ride to avoid getting distracted. Avoid scrolling your phone all the time. Look
at the people who gets in the car and be familiar of their faces. Keep your
belongings close to you. If possible, don’t sit at the back or in a corner
where it’s difficult to escape.
Get off anywhere if you feel unsafe
It doesn’t matter if you are yet to
arrive at your destination. If you no longer feel safe, you have to get out
right away. It’s even better if there are lots of people in the area. It’s
easier to ask for help.
Avoid ride sharing apps at night
If you’re heading back home at night,
try not to use ride sharing services, especially if you’re alone. It’s even
worse if you already had a lot to drink. Try to sleep over at your friend’s
house or stay at the nearest accommodation.
Most ride sharing services are
reliable. However, there are still ways for people to evade security and harm
others. Don’t let them succeed and always be on your feet.
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