This is just awful. Pregnant Lyft driver with 2 small children was stabbed to death. Other than to carry a gun (which Uber & Lyft dont allow). What can we do to protect ourselves? Is there really an answer? I cannot think of one fool proof way to protect yourself.
Your rider is behind you in most instances. Even if next to you you are still trying to drive a car in traffic. Even if pulled over you are probably in a seatbelt and there is not much room in a car to move around.
Mace - if you spray in car you will be affected also. Maybe not as bad as the person you spray.
Knife or gun - again your in an awkward postion.
If the crazy person in your car has a knife or gun you are most likely screwed. You cant wrestle it away from them. Lets say you have a knife or gun the rider still has upper hand. They are behind you with more room to move and they are not operating a vehicle. You cant watch their every move as you are driving, watching traffic, & GPS.
Have you ever been in a bad situation while driving for a taxi or ride share? If so what happened and what did you do in the situation,