Somehow driving a car is still associated with male drivers whether talking about the issue in general or regarding rideshare driver apps. It seems the jokes about female drivers never go out of fashion. Sadly.
However, women are up to the challenge to prove they are just as good drivers as men. Why wouldn’t they be?
One is not born to become an excellent 5-star driver. It takes time, practice and effort to conquer the road and drive safely and confidently. From there it is just one step to sign up with one of the plenty driver apps available and start driving customers from A to B.
Surfing on the Internet one is frequently exposed to audiovisual content in which rideshare drivers from all over the world are sharing their experiences gained. They might be on the road while filming or only summarizing their previous working day. A decent percentage of these videos are made by women who have just started or stopped offering their driving services via an app.
Whenever or wherever they drive, they have one thing in common. They can all hear a sentence that is repeated on a daily basis: “You are my first female driver ever.”
One of the reasons why the number of female drivers is considerably low is that female drivers are thought to be more at risk than male drivers. As a woman, you might be exposed to certain unpleasant situations while driving – especially during the weekends or late at night. It’s not unheard of for passengers to try and flirt with the drivers. But that shouldn’t be a reason not to sign up and start working with a driver app!
The good thing when driving with an app, though, is that all the payment occurs online and no cash is involved. Cash makes drivers preferable targets for robbers. So there you go! One thing less to worry about!
So, are you considering becoming a rideshare driver but having second thoughts because you’re a woman? Here are our four tips on how to stay safe on the road!
1. Safety first!
So, yes, sometimes you cannot avoid unpleasant situations, but you have the ability to make them more bearable. Having watched several YouTube videos we could conclude that all female drivers had concerns before their first ride, but they were also reasonably excited.
In case a feeling of great fear or anxiety is about to overcome you, ask a friend or your partner to travel with you during the first couple of rides. You don’t have to feel embarrassed or feel the urge to explain yourself to your passengers.
If you feel very uncomfortable and anxious about having male passengers, you can accept only female passengers. It’s your car, your rules!
2. Stay Out of Dangerous Areas
Time is an essential factor in the case of both your phone and your driving hours. A day shift is probably safer than a night shift, but this is not an absolute truth. Anyhow, you usually don’t need to deal with drunken people during the day. Most likely, you will be driving professionals going home from work or trying to make it to their dinner reservations.
Also, check the destination – you might be trying to stay in the city center, but someone is requesting a ride that is way out of your comfort zone, in a part of the city that you may not know very well or consider it a bit dangerous. Remember that you can always deny the trip request.
3. Don’t Hesitate to Cancel a Trip
Always check the passenger’s rating before you pick them up. If there are any red flags – deny the request. Don’t worry; there will still be another ride available. Your safety and comfort are the most important after all!
You can even cancel your trip after you have accepted the ride. Also if everything seemed fine, but when you go to the location, you see more than one person, for example holding a beer bottle – you can refuse to drive them if you feel uncomfortable. Of course, you don’t want to do that too often – don’t forget passengers can rate you as a driver as well.
4. Make Sure Someone Knows Where You Are at All Times
Thanks to the technology nowadays, it’s really easy to share your location with a trusted person. You can use Facebook or Google Maps or text your friend or roommate before you start the trip and let them know where you’re headed.
If you drive alone and don’t discriminate among passengers, but have some trouble, dial the emergency number! Always have your phone close by, but remember not to text and drive! No matter how uncomfortable or scary the situation might be, make sure you stay safe and keep your eyes on the road.