We’ve always been told not to get into cars with strangers. While it’s great advice, advancements in technology have made getting into a stranger’s car into a commodity. It’s not exactly a bad thing—more people than ever before have access to reliable transportation for a relatively low cost. But we’re still left with a question: Is it safe to be in the car with this person?
More recently, Uber has been in the news with problems concerning safety. Some drivers reportedly physically and sexually assaulted their riders, others have gone off route and scared their riders so badly that they get out of the car and call for help. On the more serious end, a rider mistakenly got into a car who she thought was her Uber and was murdered by the driver posing as her Uber driver. To combat having more unacceptable scenarios that put their riders in serious danger, Uber has tightened their driver screening process.