Safety Guide - Kind Ride Share
In March of 2003, on page 64, Rolling Stone magazine recommended the Kind Ride Share by publishing the following.
"Rideshare 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, the 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 rideshare. 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.
The Kind Ride Share is not responsible for any issues that may arise in a rideshare you arrange, using this service. Your safety and security during a rideshare is your responsibility.
In addition to the above, the 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.
DRIVER AND RIDER SAFETY
Both parties should discuss driving safety issues before embarking in a rideshare. Do not rideshare 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 rideshare.
- 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 rideshare 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 rideshare;
- the estimated data and time when expected to be at the destination;
Passengers getting into a rideshare 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 rideshare 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 rideshare, 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 rideshare in a setting where you can talk and evaluate your personalities safely.
Personal security 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 rideshare. The Kind Ride Share is not responsible for anything that might happen in a rideshare so please use your best judgment.
Always rate the rideshare when it has completed. These ratings help others when considering a rideshare.
If you encounter any serious problems contact email@example.com.