9 things female drivers can do to feel safe when driving
Ever since the introduction of the ridesharing economy, many people have been wondering whether women can be a part of it.
This is a result of various safety concerns regarding whether or not it is safe for women to use the services companies like Lyft and Uber are offering. Both companies have been trying to deal with this issue by making sure that drivers are properly vetted before they are eligible to become drivers. However, when it comes to women being the drivers and not the riders, things are less certain and safe since there is no way for Uber and Lyft to vet passengers before they have the opportunity to ask for a ride. Even though there are some mechanisms in place, such as the rating system, this does not apply to passengers that haven’t been rated yet.
It is very important for women not to be discouraged to follow the rideshare driver career path. They just have to keep in mind the following 9 safety tips.
Always check the ratings
There is a reason why Uber and Lyft have ratings system in place. These systems allow the passengers to rate the drivers and the drivers the passengers. This can be very helpful in keeping you safe. Whenever you receive a ride request make sure to check the rider’s rating.
Low rating should always be a red flag.
Don’t forget to give ratings
In order to be able to protect yourself and other drivers you should always rate your passengers. In case of an incident you should provide the necessary details in order to protect other drivers for experiencing the same thing. Don’t be afraid to give a low rating to a rider that made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. By doing so the passenger is warned that this behavior is unacceptable and should be altered if he/she doesn’t want to be deactivated.
Take care of your vehicle
Regarding safety, it is very important to have a vehicle that is operating properly since you are going to be using it for the rest of your day. You should not neglect to take it to the mechanic. It can be very dangerous for you and your rider if your car breaks down in a place you are not familiar with while having in your car a person that you don’t know. Imagine that happening in the middle of the night.
Choose the time of the day you are going to be driving wisely
If you do have the flexibility to choose when and where you are gonna be driving, you should pick the hours and the places that are more safe. Usually it is considered to be less safe after the sun goes down. Driving during the day hours lowers your chances of picking up a drunk or weird passenger. However, if you have no choice and you have to drive at night, make sure to avoid certain areas and have a plan if you feel unsafe.
Choose the areas you are driving around wisely
It is very important to avoid driving in areas where you don’t feel safe. These can be anywhere, from a dark street to a street full of bars where incidents have taken place before. Certainly, having an accurate and well functioning navigation system is crucial if you don’t want to get lost and end up in an unknown place.
Don’t hesitate a ride
When you start driving you might feel that cancelling a ride is a big NO-NO if you want to receive a good rating and avoid getting deactivated due to a high cancellation rate. However, cancelling a ride can sometimes be the only thing to do especially when you see the rider you are supposed to pick up and you get a bad feeling that makes you feel unsafe. The good thing is that you have the opportunity to explain why you cancelled the ride.
Know what to do if your passenger is drunk
It is a well known fact that you cannot avoid picking up a drunk passenger now and then since one of the main reasons people ask for an Uber or Lyft ride is because they are too drunk to drive themselves. This kind of rides are more of an inconvenience for you than a safety issue because you might end up having to clean vomit from your car. So you should consider having some barf bags in your car just in case.
Make sure your friends know what you are doing
You can achieve that by informing your friends about your driving schedule so they know what is happening. Furthermore apps such as Find My Friends can be a good way for a family member or a friend to keep an eye on you. If something happens they will be able to track you quickly. Also, checking in with friends between rights can be an easy way for them to know where you are and what you are doing. Even though these moves are not necessary they can give you some peace of mind when you are out there. If you still feel scared though perhaps consider driving for See Jane Go, which is a ridesharing company especially for women, consisting of female drivers that pick up only female riders.
Don’t allow fear to own you
Even though it is wise to take some safety precautions when driving, it is important to point out that you are safer that you think and you shouldn’t be scared all the time. Just follow the steps we mentioned and everything is going to be great.