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Hi women Lyft & Uber drivers - how do you stay safe?

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madwells22
4 Driver
 Posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Hoping to talk to some women Lyft and Uber drivers about their experiences for a story. How do you stay safe while driving? Do you avoid driving at night/not accept male riders?

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    sally
    107 Driver
     3 years ago

    I try to avoid rough parts of town and I only driver during the day time. I always make sure someone knows I am driving and I keep them updated. If I have a rider I am uncomfortable with I call my husband, he knows to pick up when I am driving. I don't need to say anything for him to know why I am calling. I know this might be rude for the rider but its my safety!

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    momof4
    8199 Rider Driver
     3 years ago  (edited 3 years ago)

    I live in Philly but do most of my driving in NJ from 6pm until 6am. I tend to accept the long trips 45+ min. Where I sit waiting for trips most likely will have me picking up families or business people to EWR, Philadelphia International, JFK, or La Guardia. My logic is most criminals will not be paying $60/$125 for an Uber to head to an airport but you never know:) The areas I pick up in are mostly medium to high income families. I do bar pickups on Saturday nights sometimes. I stay in college areas so most of my pickups are college kids to and from a party or night club. I know the markets I drive in fairly well so it keeps me out of bad areas. I no longer drive much in Philly. Too many bad areas and who knows where you will end up. 

    There really isnt anything that can keep ou safe. I  am operating a vehicle that weighs over 4,000 pounds, in a confined space, with my back to passengers not an ideal situation to defend yourself. Your only hope is to be able to get out of yo…

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    I live in Philly but do most of my driving in NJ from 6pm until 6am. I tend to accept the long trips 45+ min. Where I sit waiting for trips most likely will have me picking up families or business people to EWR, Philadelphia International, JFK, or La Guardia. My logic is most criminals will not be paying $60/$125 for an Uber to head to an airport but you never know:) The areas I pick up in are mostly medium to high income families. I do bar pickups on Saturday nights sometimes. I stay in college areas so most of my pickups are college kids to and from a party or night club. I know the markets I drive in fairly well so it keeps me out of bad areas. I no longer drive much in Philly. Too many bad areas and who knows where you will end up. 

    There really isnt anything that can keep ou safe. I  am operating a vehicle that weighs over 4,000 pounds, in a confined space, with my back to passengers not an ideal situation to defend yourself. Your only hope is to be able to get out of your vehicle to use a weapon. Whatever weapon you have you better know how to use it and be prepared to use it. I do have a dashcam in my car in hopes that will help in the way people behave. 

    Pull up to your rider with doors locked. Ask passenger their name and who their driver is. it's not much but gives you a few seconds to get an idea if the passenger is really drunk or is in a really bad mood. If you get a bad feeling or passenger is really drunk drive off. Always trust your gut. I also go off ratings. Depending on the time and where I am I usually dont pick anyone up lower than a 4.50. Nights that I do bar trips I dont pick up anyone with a 4.80 or lower. I dont do pool rides unless its a long trip but I shut the app down so they dont add riders. Pool is trouble waiting to happen. A driver picked up 2 pool riders. One was on drugs and killed the driver and other pool passsenger last week in MD.  My kids know if I ever share a trip with them that I am not comfortable with my passenger. Once ride is over if I dont call them within 3 min to call the police. I try to know areas where police hang out, where police stations are. Just always be aware of my surroundings. If things dont seem right start figuring out what you can do before it all goes bad. Say my prayers before I start my shift. Not much else you can do. Things can happen at anytime of the day or night. It's not a safe job and Uber & Lyft dont seem to care about the drivers safety. 


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      madwells22
      OP 4 Driver
       3 years ago

      Thank you so much for responding! 

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        momof4
        8199 Rider Driver
         3 years ago

        Your welcome. Hope it helped. It sucks that there really isnt a way to protect yourself out here. I am in Philly I go to NJ and just started doing Philly again a few hrs on a Saturday night hoping to end up in the suburbs as I am 2 min from being outside the city. 

        Just today a young women in Philly left her home to get something to eat and was shot to death as she was driving. She wasnt an Uber or Lyft driver she was just driving on the road. She had 2 young children. Our city is getting so bad. People being shot and killed every other day:( If you need anything else let me know. 🙂

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    momof4
    8199 Rider Driver
     3 years ago  (edited 3 years ago)

    I can give you some feedback. Female driver here 2.2 yrs 2300+ trips Uber and Lyft. Heading out to drive now Ill post during breaks.