Write Your Destination on the Ride Board

A classy sign shows drivers where you want to go

  • Write with the dry erase marker in big, bold double thick letters and use your best handwriting. 
  • Write a generic location like the name of a town, or a well known landmark.  Avoid street numbers and long names.
  • You can write your destination before setting out--the folded board protects your writing.
  • Keep your board clean with an occasional wipe with vinegar or window cleaner.
 

Find a Good Location to Get a Ride

  • Look for a roadside where you are visible to oncoming traffic.  A traffic light or stop helps.
  • There must be a safe, easy and obvious place for a driver to pull over.  Look for empty curbside parking, a parking lot or a broad shoulder on a quiet street.
  • The traffic needs to be frequent enough (1 car per minute minimum) but not so heavy as to be dangerous for cars to pull over
  • 1 in 3 drivers will change their mind, turn around and come back for you.  Look for a location with some place down the road where drivers can turn around.
  • Know where the traffic is going and try to look at your location from a driver's point of view.
 

Engage With the Driver

  • Hold your sign at eye level, smile and give a little nod to drivers as they pass.  Avoid the grumpy face--a driver may decide to turn around and come back for you!
  • When a car pulls over, ask the driver where they are headed and if they can take you along.  If it's not obvious where to sit, ask the driver.  Buckle up!
  • Never smoke, talk on your phone, eat or drink in somebody else's car.  Respect the driver's climate controls and listening preferences.  Follow the driver's lead in conversation.
  • Alert your driver as to where you'd like to be dropped off.  Be prepared to walk a bit or get another short ride to your destination.
  • Always thank your driver!  Download the free driver information card pdf.
 

Safety

Nearly all drivers are harmless, and most drivers are helpful, generous, friendly people.  But you should always use good judgement in accepting rides from strangers.  Don't get in a car if you don't feel safe, even if you can't put your finger on why you feel that way.

Best Practices

  • Always check to be sure you can open your door easily.  Don't ride in the back seat of a 2 door vehicle, or in a place where you can't let yourself out.  Never ride in the bed of a truck.
  • If your driver is not 100% sober, obeying the law and in control of their vehicle, insist they let you out at the nearest safe location.  
  • Roadside ridesharing is dangerous in the dark--even under a streetlight.  
  • Women: Avoid getting in a car if there's more than one man in it. 
  • Stand well off the road.  Be alert and aware of oncoming traffic.  Make sure you have a working seatbelt.