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SAFEGUARDING YOUR SECURITY AND PRIVACY AT WORK AND AT HOME NEWSLETTER WINTER 2020 WINTER 2020 SECURITY SMART 1 Ride Hailing: 10 Tips for Safe Trips R IDE-HAILING SERVICES can be convenient and cost-effective, whether you have a plane to catch, plan to have a few drinks during a night out, or need to get to a meeting across town. And they're gaining in popu- larity: In 2015, 15 percent of adults had used a ride-hailing service, according to a Pew Research Center survey; back then, 33 percent of respondents had never heard of them. By the fall of 2018, Pew reports, 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 and over—and 51 percent of adults aged 18 to 29—had used one, and just 3 per- cent still had no idea what they were. But before you hop on the band- wagon and into a car, make sure your journey will be a safe one. Here are some tips to remember: 1 Order your ride while you're inside, in a safe place, and stay there until the car arrives. Ride-hailing apps let you know when the vehicle is approaching, so wait until the last minute to head out. Choose a spot where a driver can easily pull over— not by a bus lane, for example. 2 Verify: Before you get in the vehicle, make sure the license plate, make and model, and the driver's photo match what's on the app. Also, don't introduce yourself—always ask the driver to confirm your name and destination up front. 3 Sit in the back when possible, behind the passenger seat. That leaves the most space between you and the driver, and gives you access to two doors, which helps you avoid exiting into traffic and offers you an escape if a dangerous situation should arise. 4 Notify a trusted person about your ride status via the ride-hailing app. Make sure the driver knows you're being tracked—you can call the trusted person (or pretend to) and say that you're in the car and will be arriving in 15 minutes, and that they can follow you on the app. 5 Wear your seat belt. (Yes, even in the back seat—the laws of physics apply there, too.) Politely remind the driver to buckle up, too, if necessary. 6 Don't share personal information with the driver or other passengers. If you're heading home, consider having the driver take you to an address a few doors down. 7 Get in and out of the car on the side away from traffic, and watch for bikers and pedestrians when you open the door. Remember to check that you have all of your belongings, including anything in the trunk. 8 Never pay cash. You can tip using the ride-hailing app, so there's no need to take out a wallet. 9 Trust your instincts. If anything feels weird, don't get in the car, or end the ride early (in a safe place). If you feel that you're in an emergency situation, call 911. 10 Remember to give feedback via the app after the ride. The more honest you are, the better the chances an unsafe driver will be taken off the road. Photo by Esther Driehaus on Unsplash For more information on staying safe online here at BSU or at home, contact

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