Uber and Lyft are on-demand transport services that have made moving from one place to another a lot easier. With these transport services, you do not have to go out with your car all the time. In fact, you do not need to own a car. Both transport services provided as much comfort as would be enjoyed if one were to go about in a personal car. They have brought about safer rides, easy access, and reduced drunk driving drastically. Notwithstanding all these benefits, they have still been linked to traffic fatalities in recent times.
Uber and Lyft are said to have contributed to an increased accident rate in the United States. The increasing demand for these transportation services has resulted in more cars being on the road. While there has been a lot of focus on the internal benefits of making use of Uber and Lyft, how about the external factors?
How are Uber and Lyft increasing accident rates?
Without a doubt, Uber and Lyft transportation services have been much safer and accessible than other means of transportation. Everyone who cannot afford a car can still enjoy the comfort that comes with owning one. However, a lot of attention has been paid to the positive impacts of this transportation method while ignoring its negative prospects.
While these transport services might have reported very few accidents over time, it is important to know the role they play in road accidents. As more people are beginning to appreciate and make use of Uber and Lyft, the more cars get on the road. The implications of having a lot of cars on the road are that it results in traffic irregularities which many times cause accidents – directly or indirectly.
Focusing more on the externalities, it is important to note that beyond digital excellence is the understanding of how good driving works and who a good driver is. What is the difference between an Uber and Lyft driver from other drivers? What parameters are used to measure good driving by these transport services? These are important factors to consider regarding safety on the road.