Safe Driving Tips
Safety and security are our top concerns when you’re out on the road with us. We’re committed to doing all we can to make sure Animo members are the best rideshare drivers around. We recently reviewed the causes of the collisions we've seen in Animo cars.
Members could have avoided most collisions by adopting a few easy habits. In this lesson, we'll share these simple tips to stay safe and avoid collisions.
Why Safety Matters
Getting into a collision is never fun. Not only are you and others around you at great risk of personal injury, there's also the damage costs, lost income and medical expenses that have to be considered.
And beyond that, an accident also affects other members of the Animo community who are counting on you and the car you share to do their work. So how can you keep yourself safer on the road? Follow the safe driving suggestions we outline and best practices from Animo Coach to stay accident free!
How Can I Stay Safe?
Avoid Distracted Driving! Distracted driving is the main cause of the collisions we've seen at Animo. As a rideshare or delivery driver, you have to juggle a lot while on the road! How can you best avoid getting into a collision?
Make sure to avoid these distractions while in motion:
Interacting with a cell phone or navigation system
Eating and drinking
Watching a video
Adjusting the radio
Talking to passengers and losing focus on the road
The #1 offender for distracted driving is far and away cell phone usage! There are, however, a few easy ways to minimize phone-related distractions while you’re on the road.
How to avoid phone-related distractions:
Use the phone holder. Every Animo vehicle is equipped with a mobile phone holder. Always place your phone in the holder at the beginning of your shift.
Ignore text alerts. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded. It's very dangerous!
Review GPS directions before you start driving. After you pick up a passenger, take a quick moment to familiarize yourself with the route you’ll be taking to the destination. This will give you a general sense of where you’re headed so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to look at the map.
Enable voice navigation. Again, this will minimize your need to look down at your GPS while you’re driving. Some drivers choose to use a Bluetooth headset so the voice navigation doesn’t bother passengers, or simply set the volume fairly low so you can hear without disrupting the ride.
Pull over. If you need to send a text message, look at the map, or take a phone call, find a safe spot and pull over. Better safe than sorry!
Tip: If you notice your GPS app is freezing and causing you headaches, try rebooting your phone.
Animo recommends that before you start ANY shift, just give your phone a reboot. It'll close out old applications that are draining your battery and phone memory and help your GPS and Lyft/Uber app run better! Another way to keep safe is to know when to back off.
Another major cause of vehicle collisions is following other cars too closely. Our recommendation is to follow the “3-second rule”.
Here is how it works:
Pick an fixed object on the road ahead as your marker. Sign post, tree, bush, you get the picture.
When the car in front of you passes the marker, start counting, slowly … “one thousand one, one thousand two,” etc. If you get to “one thousand three” before passing the object, then you’re in the sweet spot.
If your car reaches the object before you get to three, then you need to back off a bit.
Don’t forget: the point of maintaining a safe following distance is so you have time to stop or avoid a car that stops suddenly in front of you. So, if the roads are wet, stopping will take longer and you need to leave more space.
Was this write up useful? Do you have any favorite safety tips to share about how you wow your passengers? Please email in your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org!