Ridesharing can be dangerous for passengers, but there’s an equally important flip side that is discussed far less often: the safety of the drivers. Uber itself has said that the majority of its safety incidents involve “abusive riders on drivers,” so we put together the 4 best ways for rideshare drivers to protect themselves and avoid the worst case scenario.
Use the Rating System
Stop an altercation before it begins and be selective when accepting ride requests. Be wary of accepting passengers with under 3 stars or any negative feedback. Remember, it goes both ways – be sure that you rate and report abusive riders to warn your fellow drivers. Utilize the feedback tool on your ridesharing app of choice and leave detailed comments if anything goes wrong.
Stay Aware & Alert
Pay close attention to your surroundings at all times. If a passenger seems suspicious upon pickup, cancel the trip and leave immediately. Your well-being just isn’t worth the risk. Even if the ride begins without any alarm bells going off, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for warning signs: many incidents occur mid-ride.
Enforce a Backseat Rule
Sure, some people who sit in the front seat just want to chat – but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Ask that they sit in the back passenger seat, diagonally from you, so you can easily use your rearview mirror to keep an eye on them throughout the ride.
Invest in a Dash Cam
Uber recently confirmed that drivers are allowed to install interior-facing cameras in their vehicles for safety purposes, and they can be lifesavers in the case of an altercation or accident. Dash cams also have the potential to work as a preventive measure in that they can act as a deterrent for would-be thieves or other criminals.
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