How safe is Uber? Use these safety features to make your trips safer
Uber is a very cool concept. It allows you to have someone take you wherever you want, basically. That’s if you’re willing to pay for it, of course. However, while it is a handy app to use sometimes, not everyone feels safe when using it, especially if they haven’t used it very often.
Fear not, Uber has some great safety features that you can use to make yourself more comfortable on an Uber commute. The app has a safety button that you can tap on any trip to access all of the safety features it has to offer.
Additionally, we’ll show you some safety measures you can take to make your trip even safer.
Uber security features
Uber offers many safety features that you can use before or during your trip. Here are some of the features you can start using right now.
Manage your trusted contacts
In the Uber app, you can add your friends and family as trusted contacts. You can add up to five contacts to your account and you can use this feature in different ways.
First of all, you can easily share the status of your trip with your trusted contacts. They will be able to see your route and where you are going in real time from their own devices.
You can also set them as emergency contacts for Uber to use. That way, if you have an emergency and there’s no way to contact you, Uber can contact your emergency contacts instead. Just hope you never have to use it.
Check your route before you go
Think of this feature as a two-step verification process with your Uber driver. When you activate this feature, you get a PIN code at the start of your journey. You will need to share the PIN code with your Uber driver for the trip to begin. This feature makes sure that you never get in the wrong car.
This is another cool feature that could save you from an emergency. When the feature is on, Uber continuously monitors the app with GPS to see if your trip is going well.
When RideCheck is turned on, Uber will monitor your ride and if it knows the ride is not going where it is supposed to be, you will be notified immediately. You will also have access to the app’s security tools to help you if needed. It can even help detect if you’ve been in an accident and it will ask you if everything is okay.
Other Uber app security features
The Uber app has just about everything you need to make sure your trip is as safe as possible. Thanks to its security button, you will have a security toolbox with all these tools:
For example, you can check your driver’s license plate number, car model, car name, and profile picture right after you choose your Uber. This will help you determine if you are actually meeting the right person in the right car. And, as you probably already know, you can call or text your driver in the app. This helps protect your private information from anyone, such as your phone number.
Likewise, the app also has a emergency button this will help you to call 911 immediately in the app. The good news is that it works both ways. So if you are an Uber driver, you can also trigger an emergency call from your app.
Another cool feature is Audio recording. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but you can start recording any conversation during your trip using the Uber app. If you think the other person said something inappropriate, you can send the recording to Uber via a security report. You can send a report 24/7 in a chat within the app.
How to make your trips even safer
Of course, you can’t just rely entirely on Uber for your safety, but you can also take some safety precautions for yourself to make sure you’re as safe as possible before, during, or after your ride. Here are some of our recommendations:
- When you call an Uber, stay inside where you are until your Uber driver arrives for you.
- If you know where you are going, give your driver clear directions. Not only will this make the trip faster, but you’ll also know if the driver isn’t going where they’re supposed to before Uber lets you know.
- Always check the driver and vehicle information before getting on. Check the license plate and even the driver’s face if possible.
- Uber asks its drivers to take a selfie to update their profile photos from time to time. So there is hardly any excuse for the driver not to look like the profile picture.
- Do not give out any personal information during your trip.
Overall, the best advice we can give you is to follow your gut feelings. If you don’t feel comfortable with your driver, you can always cancel the trip. Otherwise, be sure to let your emergency contacts know where you are going and with whom. Other than that, have a good trip!