Bum A Ride wants every user to be safe. Here's our list of safety tips for you to follow:
- If the person that you are offering a ride to or bumming a ride from is new to you, ask them for their full name.
- Feel free to ask the Bum A Ride user if they have a social medial profile. While some users may choose not to directly link their social media profile to Bum A Ride, they may not have a problem sharing their Facebook profile, for example, with their new Bum A Ride chum with whom they may soon be traveling.
- Feel free to ask the Bum A Ride user if they would feel comfortable showing you their identification upon your initial meeting. You may be surprised by the multitude of backpackers that do not have a problem allowing you to view their identification, especially considering how often people are required to show their I.D. at places like pubs, rental car agencies, airports, hostels and hotels. It never hurts to ask!
- If you are picking up a backpacker from a hostel or hotel or if you're riding with someone coming from one, after you get their full name, feel free to call the facility and ask to leave a message for the name given to you by your new backpacking chum. Most hostels and hotels require proper identification (passport or government ID) at the time of registration. In this manner you can verify that the name that you have been given matches the person who's registered a ride. Be open and ask your passenger/rider for their permission to call their current housing to leave a message for them. Being up front and transparent relieves anxiety and builds trust.
- Read the person's Bum A Ride user profile to see if anyone has posted comments about their experience and review social profile preferences to determine compatibility.
- Let others know about the person with whom you will be traveling, your point of destination, and the route that you will be traveling.
- Do not ride or accept rides from users who appear to be vague or those who ask inappropriate questions, provide inconsistent information, asks you for money or favors, or who wants to change travel plans that were previously agreed upon. Implement your backup plan and Report this Bum!
- REPORT THESE BUMS! - If you have a concern or need to report an incident about a Bum A Ride user, please do not hesitate to click on the Report These Bums link on this Safety Tips page and complete the requested information. YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.
- Most importantly, trust your instincts. If your ride shows up or the person who you agreed to give a ride to appears and you have a sudden feeling of doubt, offer an apology and cancel the trip. It's as simple as saying, "I just came by to let you know that I've changed my plans", which is the courteous thing to do.
Disclaimer: Bum A Ride does not have the facilities to verify the accuracy of all of the information that is provided to us by conducting an in-depth background investigation. Please follow Bum A Ride's Safety Tips. We wish you many safe adventures, new friends, and fulfillment in your discovery of a new way for backpackers to travel - for free!