Instead of renting cars or taking public transport, Uber and Lyft are becoming more and more popular forms of transportation as we travel around the country for competitions. But with the tragedy that just happened to USC student, Samantha Josephson, it’s a stark reminder that we’re not always safe in our connected world.
That being said, completely avoiding ride-share services, taxis and public transport is nearly impossible, so here are some tips to keep you safe when you’re on the go:
- Make sure the number plate of your Uber matches the one in your app!
- Wait for the driver to mention your name instead of asking if they’re here to pick up Suzie.
- Keep talk or text communication ongoing through the trip with a friend/family member who isn’t with you.
- Share your location with someone you trust (something to consider turning on during competition weekends, dates, or when you’re out with friends just as a precaution!).
- Watch the map on the app, or in another map app, to ensure you’re heading to the right destination.
- Don’t accept candy, water or any food from your driver.
- Don’t share personal life information with your driver—small talk is fine!
Be smart, be safe, be aware of your surroundings, and always remember that the good people in the world outweigh the bad.