Uber Shares Safety Tips With Students As Trips On And Off Campuses Double In September

Now that college and university students are back at campuses across the country, we’re seeing the volume of trips with Uber to and from campuses doubling. We are sharing some back-to-school trends highlighting how students are relying on ridesharing to get around on and off campus. Here’s some interesting trends that Uber has observed:

  • Rideshare trips to and from campuses in Windsor and Gatineau increased by four times between August and September, more than any other university towns in the country.
  • In Lethbridge, Kingston, London, Halifax, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa and Hamilton, rides to and from campuses increased by three times when classes began.

With classes back in full swing, it’s a great time to remind students how to use Uber app features to stay safe when travelling on and off campus. 

This week, Uber Canada will be sending out an email and in-app reminders to students on campuses across the country. Uber is encouraging students to get familiar with Uber’s safety features, study them, and review them regularly—just like they would with any other important subject.

I have some examples of Uber’s safety features below.

Share My Trip

Open the Safety Toolkit and tap Share My Trip to share your location and ETA as well as your driver’s name, photo, and license plate number with a friend or family member so they can see your trip status in real time.

Verify Your Ride

Turn this feature on to receive a unique PIN for every ride, then share that PIN with your driver to help make sure that you’re in the right vehicle. This feature is especially useful in locations where there are a lot of people waiting for rides.

In-app Emergency Button

In the event of an emergency, 911 assistance is just a few taps away. Open the Safety Toolkit, select Emergency assistance, and swipe to call 911. The app displays your location and trip details so you can quickly share them with the 911 dispatcher.

RideCheck 

Using sensors and GPS data, RideCheck can help detect if a trip has an unexpected long stop. If so, we’ll check on you and offer resources to get help.

Uber Canada’s partner, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is also helping to spread the message and encourage students to develop safe practices.

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