Ride Sharing Apps (Uber and Lyft)
How Uber works:
1. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play or go to www.uber.com to sign up.
2. Request: Enter your destination and choose a ride option. You will always see the fare upfront.
3. Ride: With upfront pricing and confirmation of your ride, you know the exact cost of your trip before you ride. When you confirm the ride you agree to be charged the upfront fare when the trip ends.
Fares may vary by location, the vehicle option you select, a change in your destination or making extra stops along the route.
How Lyft works:
1. Download the free app from the App Store, Google Play or go to www.Lyft.com and be connected to links to the App Store, Google Play, Get it from Microsoft or Amazon.
2. Open the app and select your ride type.
3. Select “Set pickup”
4. Select “Set destination”
5. Tap “Request Lyft” to request your ride. That’s it!
Rider Safety Tips
Uber and Law Enforcement worked together to create this list of tips to help you stay safe while riding.
* Plan ahead. Before you request a ride, review the safety features in the app so you know how to use them. While in route, tap “Share Status” in the app to share your driver and cars’ information with a friend or family member. They will be able to track your trip without downloading the Uber app.
* Request your ride inside. Avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with your phone in your hand. Instead, wait indoors until the app shows your driver has arrived.
* Get in the right car. Before you get in the car, check that the license plate, driver photo and driver name all match what’s listed in the app. Then ask, “who are you here to pick up”? Uber rides can only be requested through the app so never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber and just offers a ride.
* Be a backseat rider. If you’re riding alone, sit in the backseat. This ensures you can safely exit on either side of the vehicle to avoid moving traffic, and it gives you and your driver some personal space.
* Buckle up. The CDC reports that seatbelt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries related to car accidents
* Protect your personal information. There is no need to share your phone number or personal information with your driver.
* Follow your intuition. Call 911 if you feel you are in an emergency situation.
* Be kind and respectful. Respect your driver and car.