Did you know that according to a report by CNN, more than 100 Uber and Lyft drivers have reportedly sexually assaulted their passengers? It’s a scary statistic—and one that all vinas need to be aware of when you use the popular ride-share businesses.
To keep you and your vinas safe, here are some tips:
All these tips are good for traveling at any point, but especially at night (and especially if you’re riding alone).
- Share your driver’s info with at least one friend.
- Ask your driver what his name is and then what your name is. Cross-reference his answers with the app. If he is wrong, do not get in the car—no ifs, ands or buts.
- Share your location with one or more friends (you can easily do this on iMessage with your vina).
- Keep an eye on where you are, and follow along on maps to be sure you’re heading in the right direction.
- Text your friends throughout the drive, so they know where you are.
- If you get scared or uncomfortable during the drive, text your friend what is going on. If necessary, tell them to call 911 and give them your location.
- If talking with the driver, try not to overshare information. Being vague is good.
- Most importantly, stay alert: You want to be aware of your surroundings and in control if any situation arises.
And no matter what, always trust your gut instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.