Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Travel Tips

How to Prevent Sexual Assault From Rideshare Services

Travelers Today       By    Staff Reporter

Updated: Jan 17, 2020 04:38 AM EST

Text Size: A A A

How to Prevent Sexual Assault From Rideshare Services

(Photo: Flickr)

There's a great chance that you've used a rideshare service at some point in your life. For some, rideshares are a daily norm that you probably don't think twice about.

Regardless of how often you use rideshares, you should know that there are some legitimate risks to using them! Dangers like sexual assault and robbery have been reported from several unsuspecting riders. 

When you request a rideshare service, you certainly don't expect to get attacked during your ride. Unfortunately, assaults do happen, which is why you need to practice rideshare safety precautions before entering any driver's vehicle!

To help you stay safe, we'll detail a few great ways of avoiding dangerous rideshare situations below.   

Rideshares Are Meant to Be a Safe Alternative

Something that's incredibly unfortunate about rideshares is that they're meant to be a safe alternative. Instead of driving after a night of drinking, rideshares offer someone the ability to get home safely.

Sometimes they turn into the complete opposite. Rather than a quick journey home, rideshares can be a hostile environment where women are assaulted rather than assisted

Problems begin to arise when there is an intoxicated or unconscious passenger. This makes it incredibly difficult for someone to fight off an attacker or even understand what's happening. 

Who Do Predators Target?

With this in mind, there are a few groups of people that are specifically targeted by sexual assaults in rideshares.

The first group is women as a whole. Most attackers are looking for women because many of them are men. They might also view a woman as weaker and easier to dominate. This is not necessarily true, but it speaks to an attacker's mindset.

Beyond this, predatory drivers will seek out those who are unconscious or under the influence. It's a lot simpler for them to have their way with someone when they can't do anything about it.

One last characteristic is that a driver will look for someone riding alone. This turns it into a one-on-one scenario without any witnesses to the assault or anyone there to defend them.  

Try to Avoid Riding Alone

Now that you know who's being targeted, arguably the best piece of advice is to never ride alone.

If a predator is on the prowl, they'll almost always target someone that is riding alone. Something as simple as having another person riding with you can make them change their mind.

As we mentioned above, riding alone means that it's just you and the driver. Attempting to assault one person is difficult enough, but it can be downright impossible to deal with two people at the same time. If a driver does decide to attack anyway, this means that there's two of you to fight them off, call for help, and relate the story to the police.

Sometimes riding with someone else isn't an option for you. If you need to ride alone, then opt for a shared ride. This will mean that the driver might need to pick up other passengers or they may already be inside the car.

There's safety in numbers and this is certainly true when it comes to ridesharing.

Ensure That You Get in the Right Car

Another important tip is to be crystal-clear that you're getting into the right car.

Fake rideshare drivers will prowl in hot pick-up locations posing as a legitimate driver. They might have a commonly driven car and can even have a Lyft or Uber sign on their windshield. 

You need to be positive that the car you're getting into matches the make, model, color, license plate number, and sign color that is shown on your app. Any discrepancy shouldn't be ignored and you're better off requesting another driver. 

There's still the possibility that a legitimate rideshare driving can be a predator, but there's a much higher likelihood that a fake driver will be your downfall.

Verify That You're Traveling to Your Destination

Once you're inside the car, make a point to verify that you're heading to your destination.

The reason for this is because many attackers will typically drive to a different location to carry out their assault. They likely have a predetermined safe area to do this in and don't want to draw any attention to themselves. 

Fortunately, most rideshare apps have a GPS/map function. It will show you where the car is located and what direction it's headed in. If you notice that it isn't going the right way, then something might be off.

One fatal flaw with this is that being inside a predator's vehicle can mean it's too late to escape. They can easily engage the child lock and prevent you from opening the door.

To combat this, rideshares like Lyft and Uber have a panic or emergency button on the app. This will immediately dial 911 and supply them with the vehicle's location, make, model, and license plate number.

This isn't a guaranteed way of preventing an attack, but it provides an emergency solution that might dissuade an attacker if they know that the cops are on their way. Make sure to always have your phone out and watch the GPS to make sure that nothing is going astray.  

Trust Your Gut

One last vital thing to keep in mind is to always trust your gut.

When you're about to enter into a dangerous situation, your mind often somehow knows this. You get an uneasy feeling and it might cause you to hesitate. 

If there's ever anything about a rideshare driver that feels wrong to you, don't get into the car! If the rideshare sign looks fake, the driver looks suspicious, or even if you just have a sixth sense telling you no, listen to it and request another driver.

There's no reason to enter a stranger's vehicle if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Your gut feeling may be correct and refusing a ride can prevent you from being a victim of sexual assault. 

Closing Thoughts

Many rideshare services are safe and conveniently get you to your destination, but a small percentage are not and those are what lead to sexual assault.

Even though rideshares are meant to be a safe alternative, they can create a dangerous environment where anyone can become a victim. Predators typically target women riding by themselves. Those that are intoxicated or unconscious make it easier for an attacker to impose their will.

A few helpful tips for preventing a rideshare sexual assault include riding with a friend (or asking for a shared ride), being positive that you enter the right vehicle, verifying that you're traveling to your destination (and making use of the emergency button if not), and trusting your instincts.


Sometimes a sexual assault by a rideshare driver is entirely out of your control, but many of them are avoidable if you're diligent about practicing rideshare safety precautions. 

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

© 2022 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Most Popular

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

Planning for a trip takes some time, even if it's just you g

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

If you have never traveled before but are thinking of doing so then

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

So there are a few islands that can be found off the Sco

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

You need to know how to plan appropriately and

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

A campus visit's significance could not be overstated. After all, fo

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

Having a gallery wall brings plenty of benefits to your

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

There is something equally relaxing and invigorati

Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash

Things That Will Help Cost-Conscious Vacationers Save Money

There are several ways you can significan

Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

How to Make Vet Visits Affordable in 2022

If the situation is minor, you might be lucky and get away

Photo by Tim Samuel from Pexels

Know Your Florida Driving Rules

There is so much to do in the region, but we want to focus on some of

Photo by Ging Ang from Pexels

Holidaying in your own Country: Try these Fun Trips!

Many countries are opening their borders, but if

Photo by Jessica Lewis Creative from Pexels

The Best Tech Tools for Expats

Here’s a quick look at most versatile tech tools for expats on the m

Photo by Tobi from Pexels

How to Turn a Road Trip Into A Luxury Adventure

But a road trip doesn’t have to mean living on the

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Do you want to become a citizen of Australia

Hair transplant Istanbul: Why is it so popular?

Hair Transplant Istanbul: Why is it so Popular?

Getting a hair transplant in Istanbul is affordable i

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

They are incredibly expensive, and they’re also in sh

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

International trade holds great importance in a

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

Riesling is Germany’s best-known wine, but the country makes other fi

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

There is nothing like the great outdoors –– nature

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

Who knew you could pack your entire life away into one litt

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

San Diego is a magnificent place, and it would not be

travelers today

© 2022 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics