How to Safely and Effectively Use Ride-Sharing Services

Ride-sharing services offer a fast, simple, and effective means to get from point A to point B. As fantastic as these services are, however, it’s important to still use common sense when you decide to hail a ride. Here are a few ways you can help yourself have a safe and enjoyable trip the next time you need to get where you’re going.

Talk to Your Driver

While ride-sharing services can be a great way to get home after you’ve had a few drinks, it’s important to talk with your driver and make sure they aren’t in the same boat. A few simple questions about how they’re doing and other surface-level questions should suffice to determine if they’re even more in need of a DUI attorney than you are. Beyond giving you peace of mind, establishing good rapport with your driver can help make your ride a lot more pleasant and even result in better suggestions about local sites to explore.

Speak for Yourself

While ride-sharing services are certainly built on mutual trust and even a level of “good manners,” it’s important to speak up when you have a bad experience, both for your sake and the sake of other drivers. If you never get picked up, if you experienced something unpleasant during your ride, or if you’re dissatisfied for any reason, don’t be afraid to change your rating. If it’s something that needs to be looked into more closely, be sure to send along any evidence you can to show just what went wrong.

Use Common Sense

As ride-sharing services continue to grow more popular, so, too does the amount of fraud that’s associated with them, including people who pose as drivers with the company only to hurt others. When a driver comes to pick you up, make them say your name first, instead of offering it up yourself. This helps ensure that they are who they say they are. Ultimately, of course, if something doesn’t feel right, you have every right to cancel the ride and choose another mode of transportation. Being on time isn’t always the most important thing.

Tip If It’s Deserved

No driver will turn down a tip, no matter how big or small. Whether you slip your driver some cash at the end of the ride or you do it within the ride-sharing platform, a tip, especially if the driver assisted you with luggage or groceries, is always a welcome gesture. This can even potentially improve your rating within the platform, leading to even better service in the future.

Have Fun

Ride-sharing services are a great way to meet new people that you’d likely never come into contact with otherwise. Enjoy the time you spend on the road and use it as a chance to learn about your driver and to get tips on the best local eateries and attractions. With all the money you save by using ride-sharing, you might even have enough left over to actually take advantage of their suggestions.

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