There are a number of sharing economy services that may be "no-brainers" to use in your home country. But, once you go abroad, do you consider whether you may be exposing yourself to greater risks even using the same service?
The use of share economy services may be appropriate in some locations but not in others.
A recent report by MedAire partners, International SOS and Control Risks, includes interviews with travel, legal and security experts about the implications of services like Uber and Airbnb as suitable options in an organisation’s travel policy.
The report includes the following security advice to consider when using taxis or other car services abroad.
Advice to Travellers: Safe Ground Transportation
- Always use a vehicle that is traceable.
- Be aware of the model/make of the vehicle, the license plate and the name of the of the driver coming to pick you up. If it’s not readily available, reconfirm the driver details by calling the operator’s helpline number.
- It is preferable to be aware of the potential journey route in advance.
- Do not get into a vehicle until you have confirmed that it is yours.
- Always sit in the back of the vehicle and wear a seat belt.
- In case you are feeling drowsy or unwell prior to boarding the vehicle, is preferable to have a trusted contact accompany you.
- Firmly reject any attempt by the driver to pick up more passengers or acquaintances.
- If you feel uneasy with the driving, the route or the driver, instruct the driver to stop at the first secure or busy place.
- Do not discuss personal details or be over-familiar with your driver, keep the conversation on a professional level.
- If using a ride share service, ensure that there is not an existing taxi rank in the vicinity of the pick-up location and keep a low profile when getting into the vehicle.
Additional considerations, including travel safety checklists and policy recommendations, are available in the report. Download a complimentary copy of the report, “Share Economy for Business Travel” here.