Traffic becomes a significant problem around the holidays. More people turn to taxis and rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to get to their destinations. Holiday parties often involve drinking, and people should not be driving intoxicated.
Taking an Uber or Lyft can be safer for people who drink and choose not to drive. It’s also important to recognize the dangers with so many rideshare vehicles on the road.
More Congested Streets
Uber and Lyft drivers often go to busier areas to receive a higher fare from passengers. There are more people in some regions of the city. More passengers give drivers opportunities for more money. However, the more drivers who go to these areas, the higher the risk of danger.
These rideshare vehicles make for more traffic. When you factor in the distractions and scanning sidewalks for passengers, traffic can be hazardous.
Uber and Lyft drivers are not perfect. There are countless problems that they create, mainly because there are multiple distractions. For instance, whenever a driver receives a notification of a new passenger, he or she must look at and touch the phone to accept or deny the fare.
Drivers also spend a significant amount of time looking at their maps and scanning the side of the road for their passengers. In the event of sudden traffic, a driver turning his or her head for just a few seconds can create a severe collision.
Drivers Unfamiliar with Areas
Because Uber and Lyft drivers often go to busier areas, they may be unfamiliar with the streets and traffic patterns. This unfamiliarity can lead to illegal U-turns and stopping in the middle of the road. Both actions are dangerous and can result in devastating accidents.
At Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, we want you to stay safe. Recognizing the potential dangers of Uber and Lyft vehicles can keep you safe on the road. Even if you’re a passenger in the Uber or Lyft vehicle, make sure your driver is continuously paying attention to the road.