Ride-sharing safety tips you should know

State - Regional

If you use Uber or Lyft, there are safety tips you should follow.

Police in Columbia say early Friday morning, Josephson called an Uber during a night out after being separated from her roommates. The senior jumped into a black Chevy Impala thinking it was her ride, but it wasn’t. Fourteen hours later, she was found dead.

These tips are not infallible, but they could help with safety:

  • It’s recommended you wait for your ride indoors, so you don’t signal to other drivers you’re waiting to be picked up.
  • Pay attention to the make, model and color of the car, as well as the driver’s name and photo. Make sure to match the license plate number on your screen to the one you see when it arrives.
  • Map your own route during the ride so you can tell if the driver is leading you astray.
  • You should ride in the back seat and always tell someone where you’re headed, your E.T.A. and who you are with.  
  • Keep in mind you can always cancel a ride if something seems fishy.

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