Hundreds of millions worldwide use ride-sharing apps. With that many users and drivers, the risk of not getting to your destination becomes greater. Police say ride-sharing safety starts before you even request your ride.
Allison Matherly with the Lubbock Police Department says to stay inside as long as you can before you go to your ride, and confirming it's the driver you think it is, is a crucial step.
"Before you get in ask the driver for their name, most people do the other way around," Matherly said. "Instead of saying my name is 'so and so' ask 'what's my name and where am I going?"
If you enter a car you think might not be the one you requested, you still have options.
"Fake a phone call and say 'hey, I just got in my ride-share car and I will be there in about 15 minutes. You can track me on the app,'" Matherly said. "You don't have to necessarily have someone there waiting but that someone is expecting you and the driver will hear that."
Along with the concerns that come with the ride-sharing apps, Matherly says there is no excuse for drinking and driving, and they provide an effective alternative. One of the most important things is to trust your gut. If something doesn't feel right about the ride, don't get in or get out safely as soon as you get an opportunity.