Have you ever felt unsafe while traveling with a ride-share service?
Since ride-share services first launched, there have been numerous news reports of passengers being assaulted by someone posing as a ride-share driver. Imposter drivers are a growing issue for both Uber and Lyft.
Even when you book a legitimate driver with a major ride-sharing service, your safety can still be at risk, especially if you are a woman.
In 2018, a CNN investigation uncovered at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. who were accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers over a period of four years. Either the drivers have been arrested, are still wanted by police, or have been named in civil suits related to the incidents. At least 31 drivers were convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found. (Source: CNN investigation: 103 Uber drivers accused of sexual assault or abuse)
Because of growing safety concerns, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to who your driver is, how you booked your ride, and even how you pay for the ride. You need to make sure your driver is genuinely working with the ride-sharing service you trust.
Here at Women Driving Women, we started our ride-sharing service with the safety of women passengers (and women drivers) in mind. We take great care in matching drivers with permanent, regular passengers to ensure the safety of everyone using our service.
Even with the best of safety precautions like background investigations and reference checks, people are human, and you want to make sure your trusted driver is doing work on behalf of your ride-sharing service choice.
Women Driving Women Safety Tips:
1. Wait for your Women Driving Women driver to come to your front door. Don’t wait for your driver on the street or in front of your home.
2. Confirm your driver’s details when she arrives to pick you up. Always sit in the front seat.
3. Know where your destination is located.
4. Share your driver information with a friend or family member.
5. Never pay your driver in cash.
6. Make certain the receipt you get for your ride is from the service you’ve booked and the driver isn’t merely pocketing your payment or has gone to work for a new driver service without your knowledge.
Below is what your Women Driving Women receipt should look like
when you receive one from your driver:
Women Driving Women drivers should never ask for cash or present you with a different receipt. If you suspect that your driver no longer works with Women Driving Women, or you receive a receipt different from the one shown above, you should call 866-843-0983 right away to speak with Renee Cooper.
Women Driving Women is committed to your safety. If you’re interested in becoming a member of our unique driving service click here to apply today.