Whenever you get into a taxi, Uber, Lyft or other form of ride-sharing transportation, do you feel safe?
For millions relying on others for transportation, riding can prove a bit nerve-wracking.
That said you can lessen the chances you will have issues by doing a little investigative work on your end.
From your ride being on time to finding someone who is most likely to get you there safe and sound, investigate.
So, with that being in the back of your mind, will your ride be a safe one?
Making Safety a Top Priority
For your next ride to be as safe as can be at the hands of someone else, keep the following pointers in mind:
- Research on the Internet – Your first stop should be the worldwide web. If relying on a cab company to get you to your destination, do research to see if the company has a good safety record. The last thing you want to do is be riding with a company that has seen more than its fair share of accidents. Although you can’t pin the driver down on their skills, knowledge about their employer is good.
- Uber and Lyft – With the explosion in the last few years of both Uber and Lyft, many people rely on one or both to get around. As such, you may very well not know your Lyft or Uber driver is responsible behind the wheel. From when one goes for their permit to when they turn in their driver’s license, driving safety should be in focus. In trying to be a safer driver, you should be doing everything possible to adhere to the rules of the road. The same holds true for anyone driving you around. If you get any inkling that someone’s driving habits are not safe for you, don’t rely on them again for a ride. Learn your lesson the first time riding with them and move on to someone else.
- Family and friends – There will often be times when you will accept rides from family or friends. Although you do not want to be a backseat driver, you do care about your own well-being. With that being the case, make sure those you accept rides from have good habits behind the wheel. An example of this would be avoiding drinking and driving. If you get in a car or truck with a loved one or friend who has had a little too much to drink, take the keys from them. While it may come across as pushy, your life, their life, and the lives of innocent people out on the roads can be at stake.
Your Driving Habits Matter Too
Since you want someone transporting you to be safe behind the wheel, the same applies to you too.
Take a few minutes to think about how you operate when you’re at the commands.
Among the areas of focus:
- Not drinking a sizable amount of alcohol before you get in your vehicle
- Not driving when you feel drowsy or ill
- Not driving in a reckless manner that puts you and others at risk
- Not driving a vehicle that is unfit for the road
Before you climb into a vehicle with someone, do your best to make sure that ride will be as safe as possible.