My Uber Experience
After a long day being at UH Manoa, I decided that I didn’t want to take the bus (I live far out on the West side) and that it would be faster if I just took an Uber. It gave me more time to hang out with friends rather than speed-walking to the bus stop. I downloaded the app, inputted all my information, and saw the driver that accepted my brave request. My ride was from Manoa’s Campus all the way to Nanakuli, that is a pretty far long ride. I was dreading, and I’m sure my driver too, the traffic heading down that way. I could tell he was trying to find faster routes to get us there, but I also I felt safe with his driving. Even though he was a cool driver, I indicated a located a little bit further from my house, thanked the guy, waited till he drove away, and walked over. This should be the typical experience of doing any ridesharing, and ridesharing is popular with over 8 million users to date. However, there are still instances of bad experiences with ride sharing, so here are some tips to keep in mind:
Confirm the driver and car
Before accepting a ride, confirm the driver is the person the service notified you was coming. When you’re matched with an Uber driver, you’ll see a picture of the driver, her or his rating, the car’s license plate number and the driver’s name. Lyft offers similar information. As another safety measure, double-check their license plate and information and make sure they match.
Avoid riding shotgun
All Lyft and Uber drivers must pass criminal background checks before they’re allowed to drive, but most incidences with ridesharing occur when people ride up front. The key to safety is establishing rapport with the driver and don’t give them motivation to hurt you. Be friendly and nice.
Riding while drunk
Many cases involve a rider who drank too much alcohol. Although it’s a good idea to call for a ride if you’ve been drinking, having too much to drink can lead to a dangerous situation, especially when alone. When in doubt, bring a friend or two to ride with you.
Never give cash
Both Lyft and Uber automatically charge rides to the riders’ credit or debit cards, so no cash should be exchanged. If the driver wants payment in cash, leave immediately. There is no way to track that the ride ever happened and they may be trying to take advantage of you.