Since its inception, ride-sharing services have revolutionized the way people get around. Ride-sharing is on the rise, and it seems like a win-win business model. Ride-sharing companies provide jobs for people with cars, help minimize an individual’s carbon footprint and lets one have a designated driver at his or her fingertips. The only necessity is a Smartphone and a working credit or debit card. Ride-sharing services are aimed to blossom the informality of taxi services into an acceptable social community consisting of riders and drivers, creating new friendships and endless revenue. It is, however, important to educate yourself before using one of these services.
Once you download the app, the process is fairly simple as passengers have the ability to view the nearest available cars and then provide information along with the address of the address of their destinations. A driver will then confirm the ride. The application will display the route that the driver is taking and then estimates the time of arrival. It will also display the information of the driver and the model of the vehicle. Even though these ride-sharing services are becoming increasingly convenient, there are some dangers that can be associated with it. These dangers include the following:
Danger associated with payment
Ride-sharing services do not give room for the riders to exchange funds directly with the driver since payment is done through the app. As a matter of fact, tips are also included on the app. Following each ride, you will receive a detailed receipt showing a map of your route. The main danger with the payment is that since payment is done before the service, it can be cumbersome to receive a refund in case you find that the fare paid does not match the services you received.
Danger associated with safety
Taking a taxi or a limo is quite different from ride-sharing. You have to find out detailed information on who is picking you up, how you can identify the driver, the kind of background checks that they go through including whether they have been trained or received special licensing. It should be noted that drivers from transportation and network companies are not held to the same licensing and insurance requirements as taxis or limos. Ultimately, there is no way to guarantee a completely safe ride. As a passenger, you, therefore, need to take precautions.
Danger on insurance
This comes about when an accident occurs, and the driver is at fault. Ride-sharing companies should, in this case, have enough coverage to handle any medical experiences that you may experience. It is, however, complicated in a manner that it is unclear if the ride-sharing company’s policy will step in first or that of the driver. As a point to note, some states are beginning to enact laws to set standards for transportation companies, these include insurance requirements
In conclusion, the main thing to consider when taking any car-sharing service is to be aware of what is happening. Riders and most especially women should not assume that their driver is in charge of the situation. Everyone should remain alerted and have their phones handy in case of any dangers. Furthermore knowing as much information about the driver as possible is important.
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