Let’s go through some basics of safety:
1) Go on Group Trips
Look for adventures that 3 or more people are doing. Almost any adventure can handle a group as well as only 2. It also may help with the shared expenses of the trip. Some places offer discounts on groups starting as small as three people.
2) Join With a Friend, Travel With a Friend
Joining with a friend is never a bad idea and other RTS members can still join the adventure. Post a trip for you and your friend and invite other members to come along.
3) Take a Day Trip First
There are countless adventures that can take between 2-8 hours. Some ideas: skydiving, a nature hike, biking, mysteries (try puzzah.com), and on and on. Consider going on a day adventure before you take off on a month long adventure. Even on a day trip we encourage members to start with a group trip.
4) Check Feedback and Profiles Carefully
Take the time to carefully review member profiles and the feedback they have received. Only travel with members that have completed their profile. Read what members say about themselves and what other members have said about them. Check their references thoroughly. Carefully read through all of the information available. If you don’t feel comfortable for any reason, move on. No worries. There are many people that match your needs going on shared roadtrips.
5) Leave Feedback and Let Us Know About Negative Experiences
Leaving feedback lets other RTS members know what your experience with another member was like. Be honest whether good or bad. If a situation was especially negative contact us so that we can take action. Contact us email@example.com.
6) Use Our Messaging System
Never give out your phone number and email address until you meet and feel comfortable with a new person. Use the RTS Messaging systems within the website to communicate in the beginning (or always). Confirming trips and keeping communication on RTS sets up useful boundaries. You are never required by RTS to give any personal information to another member.
7) Have A Backup Plan
What are your options? Know them. Have a potential alternative. If a trip turns awkward or not fun, do what is best for you. Call a cab, Uber, a friend. Leave the situation. You are under no obligation to the other member.
8) If You Feel Threatened, Call the Police
Make sure your phone is charged. If you feel threatened at any time during a trip, don’t hesitate to call the police. Again, your safety comes first.
9) Trust Yourself, Trust Your Instincts.
You know yourself better than anyone else. Adhere to your limitations. If you feel uncomfortable doing something, don’t do it. If you are somewhat apprehensive about another profile, you do not have to accept their request. You are also able to disable messages or requests from a certain demographic that does not interest you.
10) Let Other People Know About Your Trip
Let friends and family know about your trip and itinerary. Who knows? Maybe they will want to join you.
Thank you for staying safe,
Dan and Rob