Tips for Staying Safe As a Driver and Driver – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The death of Christi Spicuzza has raised a lot of questions about carpooling and safety.

This morning, we’re talking to a rideshare driver as well as a safety expert about what both riders and passengers need to know.

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So, where to start? How to stay safe when ordering shares. It starts with how to sign up for the service. Understanding that shared drivers are also trying to stay safe, when you list your name on the app, use your full name, not abbreviations.

Michelle Landsittel, a driver, said: “For people who only have a letter in their name, I either leave or don’t even get the ride.

This may cause you to wait longer.

Tom Patire, a personal safety expert, talks about what to do when your ride arrives.

Patire said some customers will take a photo of the license plate number and as soon as they get in the car, call a friend or relative.

“Make a phone call and say, ‘look, I’m in the car and a lot, I’m going to go to this area and a lot of time,’ you know, you describe the car and you’re talking. phone in the car,” he said.

In that case, the driver will hear you, and Patire says ask for the driver’s name.

“It’s creating a personal protective umbrella as we say, you’re letting them know that you’re alerting someone to where you’re going,” explains Patire.

All of that is designed to help you feel safer, but does that tell the driver that you don’t trust them?

It can, but the bottom line is to stay safe.

So we’ve talked about how motorists can stay safe, but what about motorists?

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The death of Christi Spicuzza, rather, caused motorists to be a little more cautious.

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While many of them love what they do, the need to feel secure is outpacing the salary. For those trying to make a living for their family, parking may not be an option but there are things that can be done to increase safety.

While car-sharing companies have a record of their drivers, Patire says there are no checks and balances so personal safety is up to the driver.

Landsittel said: “If I had someone and their last name was ‘Kim’ or ‘Joanne’ and a gentleman came up to my car, I would leave, I would cancel the trip.

Patire says it’s the right thing to do and he says if the hairs on the back of your neck are on the back of a client… go ahead.

“You will trust your gut,” says Landsittel.

What if the fare falls on your car and threatens?

“Don’t enter a contest and try to talk to them, listen to what they have to say, give them what they want,” Patire said. “You have a car that you’re driving, you know if you have to crash that car for your own safety, you can drive that car anywhere you want to protect yourself.”

Landsittel agrees.

“I felt like I was in danger when they got in the car, I was going to speed up and we were going to hit something because I wasn’t going down alone,” she said.

Patire says that with better weather along the way, that means more and more home wear.

He says never argue with a car robber, they want the car not yours, drop the keys and run but not if there are kids involved.

“Pray for, ‘I have a three-year-old in the back, he’s sick,’ it’s what he gets their attention,” he said.

Often that would scare off a car robber because kidnapping is a federal crime.

So where to be wary? Patire says traffic lights or stop signs are where a lot of them happen, and make sure your doors are locked.

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He also recommends that when in a parking lot, avoid your phone when going to your car, especially at night, and always be mindful of your surroundings. Tips for Staying Safe As a Driver and Driver – CBS Pittsburgh


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