Herrman & Herrman - October 2020

Ride-Share Security

6 Tips for a Safer Ride

Maintain space. If you’re riding alone, keep a good amount of space between you and the driver. Sit in the back to ensure a safe and easy exit when necessary. Let others know. The Uber app’s “Send Status” feature enables you to share trip details with friends or family who can keep track of your trip, if need be. This includes the vehicle’s location and license plate number and the driver’s name and photo. Trust your gut. If at any point in your journey you feel uncomfortable, end your ride. As an added safety measure, the app has an emergency button that connects you with 911. The app also provides users with real-time location information and trip details that can be given to the dispatcher. Be polite. Some riders get carried away and disregard the driver. Show respect to the driver, their vehicle, and any other passengers. This is part of Uber’s guidelines, and it ensures a peaceful ride. After you’ve gotten to your destination, rate and give feedback on the ride. Your feedback ensures that more measures are put in place to guarantee you a better experience the next time you or anyone else needs a ride.

Ride-share services like Uber make getting around even easier. These services strive to deliver comfortable and affordable rides whenever you need them. Though convenient, there are still safety issues to be aware of. Ride-share services like Uber have taken steps to keep riders safe, but they only extend so far. So you should take steps, as well. Book indoors. If possible, don’t wait for your ride out in the open. If you can’t wait indoors, try to find a safer place to stand than on the curb or sidewalk.

Check your driver. As a safety

measure, Uber allows you to access vehicle and driver information such as car model, license plate number, driver name,

pictures, and more. Make sure the info in the app matches what you see when

the driver pulls up. You can even ask the driver to confirm your name.

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classic pumpkin soup

Pumpkins aren’t just for pie — they make delicious soup, too! This fall, try your hand at this healthy soup recipe and warm up with a bowl.



1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté olive oil, shallots, and garlic for 2–3 minutes. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer the soup to a blender and purée. Pour the blended soup back into the pan. 4. Cook over medium-low heat for 5–10

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1 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced 2 1/4 cups pumpkin purée (homemade or canned) 2 cups vegetable broth

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1 cup canned light coconut milk 2 tbsp honey 1/4 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp cinnamon

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minutes. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired, then serve!

1/4 tsp nutmeg

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