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Safe & Secure: Stay 'uber' safe with these ride-share tips for drivers and riders

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As we enter the holiday party season, more folks will be using ride-sharing services to hitch rides. In tonight's Safe & Secure, we take a look at safety apps and tips Lyft and Uber have to keep riders and drivers safe.

Becky Zak has been a Lyft and Uber driver for a couple of years now and she always plays it safe.
She keeps mace and a knife nearby while she's driving. Thankfully she's never needed either and now she has another option.

Uber recently rolled out an app for its Central Coast drivers called "Driver Share my Trip." Drivers can let their loved ones know if they're feeling threatened with the touch of a button, which will also share the driver's location.

"If I am in a situation where I'm really uncomfortable all I have to do is touch the phone and then he can call me .. if I don't answer then he knows I'm probably in trouble," said Zak of needing to reach her husband in an emergency.

On the other side of the ride, police report a growing number of fake drivers are targeting and assaulting passengers.

An Atascadero woman said she had a rideshare scare a few months back.

"He came up behind me and he touched me .. When I turned around, he said, 'Hey, I've been trying to get your attention. I'm your driver. "I was like, 'Oh, it says on the app you're around the corner.' He's like, "It's a glitch. It happens. I'm your driver. I'm right here,'" described Athena Carranza.

She almost believed him, until her real Lyft driver pulled up.

Lyft and Uber offer these tips:
     -- match the license plate number with the number on your app
     -- also on the app, touch the button that allows you to share your ride with your friends who can track you in real time
     -- ask the driver who he of she is picking up before getting in the car
     -- and never accept rides from drivers in-person .. always use the app.

Scammers have been known to use fake Uber signs to lure people into their cars, so it's not enough to just look for the logo on the vehicle's dash or window.

The Better Business Bureau said rogue drivers often prey on people who appear stressed, tired or distracted.

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