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Women Don’t Feel Safe During Uber and Lyft Rides Says Survey

Alarms.org at published findings with current data on women’s experience during Uber and Lyft rides. Unfortunately, the findings are not encouraging many women report that they feel uncomfortable and 8% of Uber riders had to call the police.

Nearly 45 percent prefer female drivers. Only nine percent want male drivers and 46 percent have no preference.

Uber: 23% of women surveyed said they’ve had to report an uncomfortable encounter with a driver. Situations sometimes escalated and eight% said they had to get the police involved. Nearly 13% of female Uber riders said they were made to feel uncomfortable, nearly 10% were hit on, and five% said the driver called/texted them after the ride. A small percentage of women said they were assaulted or the driver attempted to assault them.

Lyft: Lyft had smaller percentages but is used less. 15% of women said they’ve had to report an uncomfortable encounter with a driver, and just under 8% said they had to get the police involved. 7% of women felt uncomfortable during a ride, 6% felt unsafe, and just under 3% report being assaulted or nearly assaulted.

Recent reports show Uber has double the market share compared to Lyft, so it wasn’t surprising when 82 percent of the women surveyed said they use Uber more than its main competitor.

79 percent said safety is a factor in deciding between the two. But when it comes to the person behind the wheel, women riders want women drivers.

Nearly 45 percent prefer female drivers. Only nine percent want male drivers and 46 percent have no preference.

Alarms.org is the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security. On Alarms.org, consumers will find important research, articles, reports, and everything else they need to know about home security and safety.

When asked about safety precautions, women told us the tactics they use. Some said they always tell a friend or family member they’re taking an Uber or Lyft. Others only take rides if someone is joining them. Another precaution was scrutinizing the driver’s profile and reviews. One woman carries a gun.