Have You Taken An Uber?

The other night I took an Uber ride from a friend’s house back to mine.  I don’t have the app nor had I tried it before, but because we had enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine and dinner, neither of us were in a position to drive.  I don’t drive after one glass of wine, even with dinner so when I chose to have the second glass, I knew that I was either staying over in her guest room or finding a ride home.  She assured me that she has used Uber before with success so I tried not to worry.

And it worked out fine for me.  I guess I have to get with the times because I know a lot of people who use it when they’re going out with friends to dinner so that nobody has to worry about drinking and driving.  It’s become commonplace.  My brother’s kids use it to get around town when they need a ride and there’s not someone to take them to practice etc.

But there’s that part of me that, maybe because of my age, I’m timid about getting a ride from a stranger to my home.  I know that it’s all the rage, but I think I’d feel better in a cab.  Because it’s a service vehicle and not someone’s personal car.  While it worked out well for me that night, there have been some instances when it didn’t.

Like that girl from USC who thought she was getting in the Uber and instead, got into a stranger’s car with the child roof locks enabled in the backseat and was murdered recently.  With all the technology today, you’d think that it would be safe.  You can see when and how the Uber driver is arriving on the app.  You know his name and vehicle and you think you’re safe.  But maybe not?  At least in her case, it wasn’t, which breaks my heart.

Have you had any experience with Uber?  I remember when I first heard about it years ago.  People would tell me to use Lyft because they did background checks, but the Uber driver I had recently told me that Uber does that too.  But still…I have a tough time trusting.

Do you recall the days when you weren’t supposed to talk with strangers, let alone get into their cars???  Modern technology and the times, they are a’changing for sure.

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31 Responses to Have You Taken An Uber?

  1. The V Pub says:

    I’ve never used Uber. I typically drive myself wherever I need to go. But, I find the security part of it troubling.

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  2. gwennym says:

    Some co-workers of mine who are notorious for over-imbibing use Uber quite a bit. One gal was even added as a driver! That said, I’d rather just not drink, or have 1, and drive myself home instead of relying on a stranger to pick me up. Toooooo many serial killer stories out there for me.

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  3. TJ Fox says:

    It would be incredibly difficult and would require some pretty extreme circumstances for me to use something like this because I am so not a trusting person. Maybe I’d be more comfortable if I were with someone else, but I just can’t see myself ever using this kind of service alone.

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  4. Paula Light says:

    I don’t drink, but I’ve used Uber. Now I use Lyft, which I prefer. I find them both perfectly safe. You get the name of the driver and his/her photo on your app, plus a description of the car and the license. I don’t know how you’d get in the wrong car after all that. The driver gets out and says your name, takes any bags, and holds the door. He should already know where you’re going.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I am glad you’ve had success with it and with Lyft. I don’t normally have more than one glass of wine anyway, but it was one of those nights where we were talking ad nauseum and it just felt nice to relax. Thanks Paula.

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  5. LA says:

    My daughter uses the car services all the time. We have a whole list of checks…check name, check picture, check license, send me a picture of car, tell me when you’re getting in, I’ve been know to track it with find my iPhone. It’s a tough call

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  6. L. Rorschach says:

    I use Uber often, and have been for about 5 years. The app tells you your driver’s name as well as a description of the car and the license plate number. Conversely, the driver will know your name and where you’re going.

    If you get into the wrong car, you’re just not paying attention.

    You should always check to make sure you’re getting into the right car, and as an added precaution you can ask the driver’s name or ask him to tell you yours.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Thank you! Glad you’ve had success with the service! I try to always pay attention, especially when it’s about my safety! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your good experience..

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  7. I chose Lyft instead of Uber cos it’s a better company but I take them all the time, to and from the airport or when friends and I want to have a glass of wine and be safe. I always check before i get in, the name and car/license have to match up with what’s supposed to come from the app. I let them tell me my name and I usually get women drivers so it’s safer for me and for them, too. The app makes it so easy, I think with built in protections. I would never get in a car unless it all matched up.

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  8. It’s funny… I am reading this post as someone who drives for both Lyft and Uber and I was thinking how much that question of safety applies the opposite way. As a driver who is part of groups on Facebook and who actually runs a podcast talking about crazy/scary interactions with riders, I feel as though we have the short end of the straw. My wife delivers for DoorDash and was recently attacked by a Pit Bull. I know of people (in my city) who have had someone attempt to car jack them. Passenger’s are not put through a background check, yet the drivers are… Again, it feels like the biggest risk is the one that the driver takes on. If you’d like to hear a few personal stories, you could look up Side Hustle Kerfuffle.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Thanks for sharing. You’re right. I actually talked with the driver about that safety issue too. I give you credit because I wouldn’t want crazy strangers in my backseat either! I hope you and your wife stay safe. It’s a crazy world out there…

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  9. Unfortunately nothing is completely safe. There were several murders in Western Australia where a uniformed services cab driver is suspected. Having travelled the world and been in a few scrapes myself. (Including being trapped alone on a coach in Jerusalem with a sleazy driver, whom I somehow managed to convince that I had a boyfriend waiting for me.) It is always important to keep your wits about you and trust your instincts. I have used Uber once. If my daughter used a cab, I always made a note of the number.
    On the flip side, my poor father drove cabs for a while and was beaten up.

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  10. I have been trapped on a closed train carriage, with a guy who was exposing himself. I just ignored it, till we stopped at another station and I could change carriages. I used to be relatively fearless until I learned the hard way about toxic and dangerous people.

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  11. The greatest source of personal danger camr from the person with whom I chose to share my life not my travels. I think this is one of the main points I have been tryi g to make in my blog. Regardless of your family of origin, your personal wealth, where you choose to travel,(I have travelled all over the world, often alone) the greatest risk to our personal physical and mental safety often comes from our own immediate circle. All my life I have been headstrong and independent yet I still found myself totally trapped in an abusive situation. To quote Rosie Batty,
    “It can happen to anybody.”

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    • janieleeds says:

      I agree it can happen to anybody. That’s where the life lessons come and we have to keep ourselves safe from harm – all forms of harm whether it be emotional, physical, mental etc. Healing takes time, but it’s well worth it. Sending you a big hug.

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  12. Thank you so much Janie for helping me clear up in my head what I have been trying to say. I didn’t say it quite right. I meant to say, the greatest personal risk we often face , often comes from within our immediate circle and it can happen to anybody.

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