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Safety Guide

Not every ride is a safe one

Stacy Hall, aka ChazStacy Hall, aka ChazI have 9 1/2 years experience backpacking across America by all means possible. 98% of my travels were spent riding rails and hitchhiking. During that time, I experienced few situations where I did not feel safe. Ride sharing is safe when we observe a simple set of standards. Kind Ride Share is being designed around everything I learned in those 9 1/2 years. If the design of this website and its AI software is done right, Kind Ride Share will become a valuable resource for folks to easily find the transportation resources they need to move them on down the road, when they need.

ride share  Rolling Stone magazine


In March of 2003, on page 64, Rolling Stone magazine recommended Kind Ride Share by publishing the following. "ride share Kindrideshare.net It's worth stopping here to see if someone's going your way, but don't let the 'Kindness' at this site coax you into thinking that every ride is a safe one." David Malley, Rolling Stone magazine, 35th Anniversary Special Edition entitled "American Icons."

TRUE THAT! To help raise the level of trustworthiness in ridesharing, Kind Ride Share now offers users the option to complete an online passport. The Passport is a convenient place to store personal information commonly required while in the process of arranging a ride share . It can only be shared by you using the options provided on the form used to contact other members. It is strongly recommended each user keep a record of their emergency contact information within their passport, in the event such is ever needed.

DISCLAIMER

Kind Ride Share is not responsible for any issues that may arise in a ride share you arrange, using this service. Your safety during a ride share is your responsibility.

In addition to the above, Kind Ride Share DOES NOT share the personal information users store in their passport. This information can only be shared by the user when answering a request.

Ridesharing is a safe alternative to today's traffic related issues. This is especially true when we work together to build a network of trust and integrity. We can start by observing a few common sense practices that apply to practically every situation when meeting new people.

Please report all bad experiences using the profile of the person you are reporting. If the experience is one of grave concern, contact safety@kindrideshare.net

Kind Ride Share is an open-source social networking tool provided for everyone to utilize, for the purpose of ridesharing. Keep in mind, people from all walks of life use this service. While most are kind and considerate, the same cannot be said for all.

For your safety, you are asked to take caution when meeting new people through the Web. Before committing yourself to any arrangement, be sure to take the time to learn about the other person and always exchange identification and emergency contact information before jumping into a ride share.

You are strongly advised to notify someone close to you before you travel, someone you can keep in touch with during your ride share . Before getting into any ride share , ensure you have the following in your possession.

  • Valid driver's license
  • Proof of vehicle registration
  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Emergency contact information (place in the driver's side visor)
  • A flare or orange pylons in the event roadside assistance is needed

None of the following items should be in your vehicle at the time you pick-up your passenger and during the entirety of your trip.

  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Weapons of any kind (they should be locked in strong box that is locked in the trunk of the vehicle)
  • Any illegal items that may constitute a misdemeanor or felony

If you have anything in your vehicle that might be of concern to others, those items should be declared at the time you meet up for your ride share.

When making arrangements for a ride share , be prepared to provide the following.

  • State issued photo ID and/or driver's license (you should not use a passport)
  • Proof of deposit showing you have the money needed to share expenses, if that should be a condition of your ridesharing arrangement
  • Emergency contact information

Before getting into a ride share , ensure the driver has the following in their possession.

  • Valid driver's license
  • Proof of registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Emergency contact information (place in the driver's side visor)
  • A flare or orange pilons in the event roadside assistance is needed

None of the following items should be in the vehicle at the time you are received as a passenger and during the entirety of your trip.

  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Weapons of any kind (they should be locked in strong box that is locked in the trunk of the vehicle)
  • Any illegal items that may constitute a misdemeanor or felony offense
  • Large amounts of cash
Driver and Passenger Safety

Both parties should discuss driving safety issues before embarking in a ride share . Do not ride share with alcohol, drugs, fire arms, or any other item that could cause you harm or the police to become alarmed in the event you encounter a stop.

Do not allow drinking and driving. In fact, make it a strict rule that there will be no consumption of any mind- or mood-altering substances at any time during the ride share.

  • Animals should be properly contained.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash or expose any more money than you are willing to share.
  • Please keep in mind that not everyone can be trusted.
  • Trust your initial feelings and don't travel with someone you don't trust.

Always ask for identification. Only accept government issued photo identification cards. DO NOT accept a passport photo ID, college ID, a Photo Visa card, etc., unless the individual has at least three pieces of mail dated at least 30 days apart from each other that were sent through the mail. These may include a billing receipt from a long-established business or corporation, a phone bill, lease receipt, etc.

Before you travel with someone you should:

  • Exchange telephone numbers and make arrangements over the telephone and not via email;
  • When making arrangements, always insist you meet in a public that is well lit;
  • Only accept the ride share if you feel comfortable and safe with the driver;
  • Drivers offering a lift should give someone they know well the following details:
    • The person they will be meeting with;
    • where and when you will be meeting;
    • the destination of the ride share ;
    • the estimated data and time when expected to be at the destination;

Passengers getting into a ride share should ask the driver for their:

  • State issued driver's license;
  • the make, model and color of their vehicle;
  • proof of registration;
  • proof of insurance.

Any of the following items that are in the vehicle at the time you start your ride share should be declared.

  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Weapons of any kind (they should be locked in strong box that is locked in the trunk of the vehicle)
  • Any illegal items that may constitute a misdemeanor or felony offense

Do not get into the vehicle if these do not correspond to what was provided in the driver's details;

Passengers should give someone the following details:

  • The name of the person they are meeting with;
  • the URL to the driver's posted details on the ride share that you responded to. (This will contain information concerning the make, model and color of the vehicle; proof of registration, and proof of insurance).

If there are other passengers accompanying the ride share , each party should disclose to one another:

  • Their true name;
  • a state issued photo ID;

Always take the time to meet each person in the ride share in a setting where you can talk and evaluate your personalities safely.

Personal safety is a very important consideration with regard to ridesharing, especially in view of the many potentials between strangers sharing a car together. If you do not feel safe with the person(s) you meet, don't accept the ride share . Kind Ride Share is not responsible for anything that might happen in a ride share so please use your best judgment.

Always rate the ride share when it has completed. These ratings help others when considering a ride share.

If you encounter any serious problems contact safety@kindrideshare.net.

If you can help improve this safety guide, please feel to contact me by sending email to safety@kindrideshare.net

Good luck!

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