Rideshare App Safety

The UCF Police Department reminds you to be vigilant about your safety – both on campus and off.

Rideshare apps are a great way to get from place to place, but it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and keep safety top of mind.

Before getting a ride, remember these simple steps to ensure you get where you need to go safely:

  • Rideshares will send you information about your ride before the vehicle gets there.
  • Make sure the description on the app matches the car and driver that show up, including the license plate number.
  • When your ride arrives, ask the driver who they are there to pick up. If the driver doesn’t know the correct name, don’t get in the car.
  • Ensure the child locks in the door are not on. The switch is typically located on the inside of the rear door in most cars. Before getting in, look at the switch to make sure it is in the off position.
  • Tell a family member or friend where you are leaving and where you are going. Some apps have a “Share Status” option that lets customers share their ride details.
  • Use the buddy system when using a ride share, and look out others. Never be afraid to call 911 if you feel unsafe.