In today’s fast-paced world, ride-sharing services like Uber have become an essential part of our lives, providing convenience and accessibility like never before. However, as much as these services have transformed transportation, it’s crucial to prioritize safety, especially when it comes to vulnerable passengers, such as young girls and women.
While Uber, like many other ride-sharing companies, has implemented various safety features, it’s essential for passengers, especially those who might be more susceptible to risks, to take additional steps to ensure their well-being during rides:
- Verify the Driver: Before getting into the car, ensure that the driver matches the information provided on the app, including the driver’s name, photo, and license plate number. Always ask the driver, “Who are you here to pick up?” to verify their identity.
- Share Your Trip: Uber and similar apps allow passengers to share their trip details with friends or family members. Use this feature to let someone you trust know your whereabouts and ETA.
- Sit in the Back: Whenever possible, sit in the back seat of the car. This provides some physical distance between you and the driver and gives you more room to react in case of an emergency.
- Stay Alert: Throughout the ride, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions like texting or making phone calls and be prepared to take action if you feel uncomfortable.
- Emergency Contacts: Keep your phone handy and know how to dial emergency services in your area. Uber also has an emergency button in the app for immediate assistance.
Trust Your Instincts: If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe at any point during the ride, don’t hesitate to ask the driver to pull over in a well-lit, populated area or contact the authorities.
Here is a short video from the Islamabad Police Department on the awareness of such incidents.