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Marist College understands that our students regularly utilize rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. These are convenient ways to get around town. However, as with all activity basic safety precautions should be used to avoid problems and issues. We ask that you follow these simple steps when utilizing rideshare companies.

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Tips for using Uber and Lyft:

Plan ahead: 

  • Before you request a ride, think about where you’re headed and review the safety features in the app so you know how to use them.

Request your ride inside: 

  • Avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with your phone in your hand. Instead, wait indoors until the app shows your driver has arrived.

Get in the right car: 

  • Before you get in the car, check that license plate, driver photo, and driver name all match what’s listed in the app. Always ask “What’s my name?” Never get into an Uber, Lyft or any other private car unless the driver can first identify you by name. Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber and offers a ride.

Avoid riding in the front seat: 

  • If you’re riding alone, sit behind the driver or in the rear passenger seat because it creates two possible exits and increases space between the driver and the passenger. Pay attention to your ride, the entire ride, and don’t share personal information.

Share your trip details with a friend: 

  • While en route, tap “Share status” in the app to share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. They can track your trip and see your ETA without downloading the Uber app.

Follow your intuition: 

  • Trust your instincts and use your best judgment when riding with Uber. If you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.