As an adult living with vision loss, I don’t drive anymore. When my husband isn’t carting us around, I rely on public transit and rideshares to get where I need to go. I’m well aware of common safety concerns for women traveling solo, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be independent. After a few years of using rideshare services successfully, here are my tips:
- Charge your phone.
- Choose your pick-up location carefully. On Lyft, I drag the pin to the place I’m comfortable waiting—protected from the elements, able to hear alerts. I prefer less crowded areas for higher visibility.
- If the driver can’t find me, I call and disclose more info like: I’m the lady with the white cane, holler or honk a few times when you pull up.
- When the car arrives, approach, but do not enter. Ask, “Is this the Lyft? Who are you here for?” If the driver says the wrong name, step away.
- If you have a negative experience, try to document it with photos or video or audio to share with your feedback to the company. If you have a positive experience, tip accordingly and give a good rating on your app.
What do you think of rideshare services? What have your trips been like? How would you travel if you couldn’t drive? Tell me about it.
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Companies like Lyft and Uber have allowed me to not only get a job far away from public transit, but to change jobs for better pay and opportunities. Without them I’d be stuck only going out for jobs near transit lines. I’ve had a ride or two where I thought the driver was a bit odd but I’ve not felt in danger. I’ve been more aware of making sure to ask the driver ‘What is my name?’ to make sure they are a legitimate rideshare driver and not some crimminal luring people to danger. I don’t want to go back to a life without rideshare.
That’s great, Casee! Rideshares bridge gaps.
Great information Susan!