Uber has become a very popular means of transportation in the last couple of years. With more than 8 million users, 160,000 drivers, and active in more than 50 different countries, it is quickly becoming a regular means of transportation for a lot of people.
However, with any vehicle that you decide to ride in, you need to make sure you do what you can to stay safe. After all, more than 2 million people are injured in car accidents in the US every year.
Uber knows this, and goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of their riders.
However, even with all the background and safety checks that they do, there are still things that can go wrong and it’s important that you do your part to keep yourself safe.
Check the Condition of the Vehicle
Since Uber drivers are driving their own vehicles, be sure to check the condition of the car before you get in. If anything looks off, like a flat tire, large damage, or strange noises coming from the engine, be sure to ask your driver about it. When in doubt, simply let the driver know you don’t feel comfortable and ask for a different driver. Uber does state on their website that the average year of the vehicles of their drivers is 2008 with nothing older than 2000.
Assess the Driver
While Uber does background and driver history checks on all of their drivers, that doesn’t always mean your driver is going to be in tip-top shape every time they drive. Be sure to talk to the driver to assess what kind of condition he or she is in. If you feel uncomfortable at all, whether they seem very tired, agitated, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, ask to get another driver. It might seem rude at the time, but safety always needs to come first.
Wear Your Seatbelt
Even if the car is brand new and the driver is in great condition for driving, you can’t control what other vehicles will do. Be sure to always wear your seatbelt in every vehicle you travel in. You never know when you will be in an accident and a seatbelt will keep you much safer if you do get into one.
Stay Aware of Where you are Going
Uber allows you to track your progress on the app while you are in the car, so you can see where you are in relation to where you are going and the route you are taking. If the driver doesn’t seem to be driving where you think you should be going, ask him or her why that is and what their intended route is. If it seems like they are heading somewhere that is not in the direction of where you want to be, suggest a more direct route. If you are feeling uncomfortable at all, ask to be let out at a safe location and get another driver.
Uber is an affordable and convenient way to get a ride, and has been shown to be a safe and reliable form of transportation. In addition, Uber use has even been linked to a reduced number of DUI deaths.
If you have been injured in an auto accident involving an Uber driver, please feel free to contact us or call us at 800-676-5295. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you determine your options.