- Always ask the driver, “Who are you here to pick up?” If you don’t hear your name, don’t get in. Don’t mention your name until they say it first.
- Use information sharing features in each app to share your driver, pickup time and other info with people you trust. Lyft has “ETA”, which allows the other person see your progress toward the destination, a photo of the driver, and the vehicle color, make, model, and license plate number. Uber has a “share” function that allows you to send up to 5 people details including your driver’s first name and vehicle information, plus your map location in real time.
- Buckle up. It’s still a car and buckling up is still the most important thing you can do to prevent injury and save your life.
- Navigate your own path on your phone to ensure the driver is taking you to your destination.
- Many are asking Uber and Lyft to provide scannable QR codes on their cars to verify the proper ride. This includes the parents of a South Carolina woman tragically murdered after getting in the wrong vehicle, see https://www.buzzfeednews.com/
article/juliareinstein/ samantha-josephson-funeral- family-uber-lyft-safety.