Since you’re on the road all the time interacting with different people every day, being a rideshare driver comes with various risks. However, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself against potential threats and feel safe while driving.
Here are our recommendations on how to keep yourself and your car safe while driving Uber.
Having a dash cam to capture live footage of what happens on the road and inside your car can help you in two significant ways:
TIP: Choose a dash cam that can shoot video at 1080p on both cameras to provide a clear picture and a camera lens wide enough to capture the whole interior of your car.
If you also drive at night, make sure your dash cam shifts into night mode to capture clear images. It can be useful to download an app that uploads the camera footage into a cloud so you don’t lose the data if the camera is damaged or lost.
IMPORTANT: If you’re a Splend customer, make sure to let your Customer Specialist know before installing a dash cam.
This measure started gaining popularity during the pandemic when many drivers installed it to reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission. It’s a valuable tool to ensure your safety in other ways too:
IMPORTANT: The plexiglass separator must be TfL approved, so make sure to check TfL’s requirements before installing one.
Be all eyes on who you’re picking up, think twice before accepting a trip and always check the rider’s rating. Someone with a rating below 3 should give you some warning signs, as most drivers will poorly rate their rider for a solid reason.
TIP: Ask for the passenger’s name when picking them up to ensure you get the right person.
The greatest asset you have to defend yourself against possible threats is your intuition. Trust your instinct, and don’t accept a ride if something feels off. If you feel in danger when arriving at the pick-up location, just cancel the ride and head to a safer place.
Ensure you always wear your seat belt and ask your riders to fasten theirs as well. It’s not only required by the law but also the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in case of an accident. Not wearing it could lead up to fines of up to £500.
IMPORTANT: If your riders refuse to fasten their seatbelt, it’s your right to ask them to leave, cancel the ride and report the incident to Uber.
As a rideshare driver, you can opt for third-party PHV insurance that covers only your passengers in case of an accident, or fully comprehensive insurance, covering any scenario that can happen.
Investing more money into your PHV insurance and getting the fully comprehensive one to be protected in case of accidents, fires, thefts and so on is very important.
DID YOU KNOW? Splend’s car subscription plans come with comprehensive rideshare insurance to cover you against any risk.
Being aware of your surroundings gives you an enhanced sense of safety:
If you’re in an emergency, keep calm, don’t panic, and use your best judgement.
TIP: If you need urgent help, use the Uber App’s emergency button.
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