Both Uber and Lyft have changed the way that people rideshare over the last decade. Not only are these services convenient, but they are often less expensive and more accessible than traditional taxis. However, safety is always a concern when people get into a car with others that they do not know.

Over the last several years, both companies received criticism for their safety standards. According to Forbes, Uber and Lyft may even be increasing accidents on the road. Here are some tips to keep riders safe when using rideshare services.

Safety tips for ridesharing

As found on Bankrate.com, there are many things a rider can do to stay safe while using rideshare services.

  • Stay inside until the rideshare arrives.
  • Once the rideshare arrives, riders should check the license plate of the car. If it does not match the information on the app, the rider should not get inside of the car.
  • Passengers in any car should wear their seatbelt, and rideshare services are no different.
  • Riders should inform family and friends when they use rideshare. They can even share the details of the trip with others through the app.
  • Riders should request ID from the rideshare driver to compare to the information on the app.

Trust those gut feelings

It is important to be aware of the risks that can come along with using rideshare services. Riders should trust their intuition and if anything feels off, it is ok to end the ride. If something makes a rider feel unsafe or uncomfortable, it is always better to be safe than sorry.