Lili Reinhart shined a light on the dark, creepy side of using ride-sharing apps, and now more women are adding to her message about safety with their own personal stories. Ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have become so ingrained in pop culture that they get name-dropped in songs and included in those funny sketches in which celebrities pose as drivers to freak their fans out in the best way.
Still, no matter how popular catching a ride from a stranger has become, there's a need to watch out for creeps who take advantage of something that's supposed to be harmless and convenient. Reinhart wants the world to know this, and so many other women are sharing their stories as an example.
All of this scary business can definitely make you want to swear off ride-sharing apps forever, but just relax.
You don't have to stop using Lyft, Uber, or taxis unless you really want to. These stories are just reminders to be careful and aware while you use them. As one of the women shared, it's important to watch your route while you ride so you know if the driver deviates from it. You also want to match the car, license plate, and driver to the information provided by your app BEFORE getting into the ride. Most ride-sharing apps also offer the option to share your ride information with another person so they know where you are and what your ETA is.
Lastly, trust that gut, as Reinhart suggests. If you don't feel safe or even comfortable, that's enough to avoid the ride, get out of the ride if you're already in it, and call the police.
Ride safely, peeps!