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3 Basic Safety Rules For Traveling Like Uber, Lyft Or Sidecar

This article is inspired from ShermansTravel.

Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are becoming more and more ubiquitous. It’s easy to see why. Using these services are far easier than trying to hail a cab on a crowded corner. Just whip out your phone, login to the app, tap for a ride, and then pay for it with another tap when you’ve reached your destination.

But there’s a dark side to ride-sharing services you may not be aware of. We’ve heard a few bizarre stories recently that alert us to be more careful with our safety whenever we intend to use Uber, Lyft or Sidecar:

  1. Ask your driver’s name – and make sure the photo in the vehicle matches the face.
  2. Always check the make of the car as well as its license number.
  3. Make sure the auto insurance policies are capable of covering the passenger, not just the driver. Currently, most of the personal automobile insurances are not intended to cover people who are using their vehicles for commercial purposes, according to the insurance department.

Fortunately, UberX is very concerned about people. It seems to have really good coverage in place. UberX holds a commercial insurance policy with $1 million in coverage per incident; with coverage from the time they accept a ride to the time they are dropped off. It acts as the primary insurance if the driver’s policy is not available for any reason, covering from the first dollar.

While smartphone technology is bringing new business opportunities to the marketplace and new transportation choices to consumers, whenever there’s something new, existing industries will sometimes seek to find something negative there. Share your comments with us.



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