ORLANDO, Florida. – Carpooling, ten years ago the closest thing we had was carpooling to work and school, now it’s the norm to click on your app and have a complete stranger pick you up and takes you wherever you need to go. But there are dangers to be aware of.
A new report from Lyft found there were more than 4,000 sexual assault cases over a three-year period. Uber has reported nearly six thousand sexual assaults in two years. There is no foolproof prevention to keep drivers safe, but there are precautions drivers can take to stay safe.
With over 25% of the US population requesting a ride at least once a month, how can you be sure you’re safe?
First, prepare your handbag. Carry a charged cell phone, credit card and cash. Also consider items, such as keys or pens, that could be used for self-defense. Share your journey with others. Uber and Lyft make it easy with share buttons right on their apps.
Before getting in, ask the driver if he knows your name and confirm that his name, car, and license plate match what’s on your phone. Once inside, do not share any personal information.
Always sit in the back seat. If something goes wrong, end the carpool early. And now, new carpooling options are emerging that give women more control over their carpooling choices. Safr is a ridesharing option for men and women in Boston and Orlando. Drivers undergo background checks before being approved. Cars have an SOS button that pilots and drivers can touch in an emergency.
Be aware that sexual assaults are more likely to occur on weekend nights when more carpool users are intoxicated.
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