Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are transforming the way we get from place to place. The convenience of getting a ride with a few taps on your phone can’t be beat—and often, neither can the price when its compared to traditional taxi services.
Now, new evidence suggests that ridesharing services are also making the roads safer for everyone.
The city of Pittsburgh reports that driving under the influence (DUI) arrests are down nearly 18 percent in 2015, which was the first full year the city had ridesharing operations. Experts believe that ridesharing services give restaurant and bar patrons an easy and affordable way to get a ride during hours when transportation can be scarce.
Other cities and states are seeing similar trends. For example, California saw a 3.6 to a 5.6 decrease in auto fatalities after ridesharing service Uber X entered the market. Learn more about this encouraging trend by reading the source article at triblive.com.
If you are a driver for a ridesharing company, it’s a good idea to talk with an insurance agent to make sure you have the right auto insurance. Erie Insurance offers ridesharing coverage for every part of the trip—before, during and after the hired ride. Talk to an Erie Insurance agent in your community to learn more.