Rideshares have become a favorite pick for getting home safe after a late night. But when the threat of illness is always on the horizon, rideshare users may face extra challenges when it comes to deciding how to get home.
The dangers of rideshares coupled with COVID-19 lead to relatively new questions. Sharing spaces with others, coming in contact with high-traffic surfaces and being around someone with symptoms could all be hazards. But when you’re trying to stay safe after a night on the town, how do you know you’re picking the right option?
Reading the ride
It isn’t always easy to assess the risk of getting in a rideshare vehicle before it arrives. You don’t know what exposure took place before you put in the order, but you could look for signs before climbing in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined important behaviors for those traveling in rideshares, and you’ll want a driver that plays by the rules:
- Contact: You can learn a lot at first glance. The Governor recently extended a requirement for rideshare drivers and passengers to wear masks, so make sure your driver has one when they arrive.
- Touching: Surfaces can lead to transmission, so the driver and passenger alike should be wary of touching. Beware of offers to take your bags, open your door or hand you anything.
- Cleanliness: Look for dirty areas throughout the car. The driver should be regularly disinfecting commonly touched areas like handles, window controls and seat belts.
Once you make your decision to climb in, remember some additional points to help you stay safe:
- Rolling down the windows for fresh air is better than recirculation
- Distance is important, so make sure you’re seated in the back
- Don’t share the ride with anyone you don’t know
Getting home safe isn’t always easy, but your health is worth the extra effort. When illness is hiding around every corner, it’s important to take the proper steps to protect yourself.