Are Your Teens Using Ridesharing?
Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are extremely helpful for a variety of people who need to get from one place to another. They are especially helpful with business, travel, or even a night on the town. Either way, the intention of the service is to help get from one location to another, safely.
However, there have been countless incidents that threaten the credibility of these companies. Many crimes have taken place with individual trips. Uber recently introduced a panic button in hopes of turning their bad reviews around and avoid more crime from happening.
Additionally, Uber has received a bad reputation due to incidents involving test drives of their self-driving vehicles. Luckily, research has been done to get to the bottom of the accident with the desire of preventing it from happening again.
Unfortunately, there is another trend that is bringing down the reliability of these companies. One of the issues that has shown the most prevalence recently is the number of minors using the apps when the terms of usage clearly states that riders must be aged 18 and older or must be accompanied by someone 18 or older. This is not the only thing that is violating the rules, but it is something that parents should show more concern about than they appear to show.
Parents are even encouraging working around the no minor rule by using the app on their teen’s phone. Sadly, this practice can lead to parents getting blocked from using the services. An even more painful consequence is drivers committing crimes such as rape, taking advantage of the younger riders who may make easier targets to criminals. Some parents are displaying a tendency to value convenience over safety which is having disastrous results.
It is not entirely the fault of consumers. Some drivers from Lyft and Uber are unaware of the age policy. Some drivers even choose to ignore the age policy, sometimes due to the desire for money, no matter the source. Both actions can result in termination of their job as a driver. As a driver it is important to be aware of all terms and conditions. Experts also recommend drivers to purchase the best rideshare insurance to protect themselves.
Uber and Lyft cannot resist all blame, though either. Although, ridesharing companies give the illusion of complete safety by providing background checks, they still do not require fingerprinting. The procedure may be small and somewhat costly, but it would be an added security measure and possibly reduce driver related crimes to the smallest margin possible.
Safety with ridesharing is a responsibility of the consumers, drivers, and company combined. As a parent, though, there is an added responsibility which is to monitor the safety of your child. If your teen is under 18 do not allow them to use ridesharing services without supervision and remember that you are essentially trusting your 12–13 year old with a complete stranger. Parents may want to think twice about breaking the rules of the ride sharing companies.