Awareness has elevated for ride-sharing safety after the death of Samantha Josephson. A 21-year-old college student dies last weekend after getting into a car she mistook as her Uber driver. In recent years, at least two dozen women have been attacked after making a similar mistake, according to the New York Times
Asking for your name should be the first thing you ask before entering the car. Advocates say it will help keep the riders safe. Here are additional tips on how to be safe and what you can do, according to law enforcement officials and ride-share companies.
Check the License Plate, make and model of the car
Check the driver’s photo
Ask the driver’s name
Share your ride status with friends and family
Follow the glowing dashboard lights called the beacon and amp that changes colors
Wait indoors for your ride
Sit in the backseat
Don’t share personal info with your driver
Trust your intuition
Call 911. Uber offers an in-app emergency button to connect riders directly to 911 found in the safety center.