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How to stay safe and properly identify your rideshare vehicle

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 21:02:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A young woman was killed last week after getting into the wrong car, mistaking it for her Uber.

21-year-old Samantha Josephson was honored at a vigil last night in her college town of Columbia, South Carolina. Her accused killer remains in jail - facing charges of kidnapping and murder.

This tragedy is raising a lot of questions surrounding safety when it comes to using rideshare companies. Nowadays, it seems like more and more people are turning to rideshare companies, like Uber or Lyft when they want to travel safely. But before you get into a stranger's car, you should confirm a few things first.

Gloria Hypolite has been an Uber driver for more than two years. She says Uber will always show you a picture of your driver, the make and model of the car, and the license plate information.

"Always check the license tag and it helps asking them for their name," said Hypolite.

Drivers will also have their Uber or Lyft sign displayed for the riders to see.

"My car has an Uber sign, all cars need to have it and it should be in the windshield too," said Hypolite.

It is also important to remember that when the car pulls up and something feels off about it, you don't have to get inside. You can always cancel the ride.

Both Lyft and Uber have a "share" feature as well. This feature will send your friend details about the car, driver and location.

For more safety tips from Uber, you can click here.