Safety

BUMP aspires to provide a service which people can use to connect and interact safely with their fellow drivers and friends. BUMP has implemented many safety and privacy controls to enable you to share your information with only the people you want to. Making sure you can use our service safely is highly important to us.

BUMP for Safety:

One of the most important ways BUMPers use the service is to help each other out.

Drivers can use BUMP to notify each other of potential car problems, using BUMP to prevent accidents and save lives. Here are just a few examples of helpful messages BUMPers can send:

  • You left your lights on
  • Your registration is expired
  • Your tire is low
  • Your truck is open
  • Your car is leaking
  • You left your purse on top of your car
  • Your surf rack is loose
  • Your car is being towed
  • There is a speed trap ahead of you

Personal Safety:

Your cell number will not be released to other drivers; it will appear on their screens as your license plate number. You will have the option to accept or reject all messages before you review them, and you can cut off contact with anyone at any time.

You are encouraged to report any inappropriate content to BUMP. If a user has too many reports against him, BUMP will permanently block him from the service. The BUMP team takes these reports very seriously and will remove inappropriate users from the site.

Though BUMP places the utmost importance on user safety, we cannot control all scenarios and do not assume responsibility for your personal safety. Please use caution and common sense at all times when using our service. Beware of those who may abuse the service to harass drivers or draw them into dangerous situations. Report all malicious use to the BUMP team immediately. Use the following tips to help keep you safe:

  1. You have the option to block certain messages and numbers
  2. If you think you might be getting wrong information about your car, get a friend, family member, or law enforcement member to assist you.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings. If you feel someone is following you by foot or car, don't go to your destination; go directly to the nearest police department.
  4. Don't leave your cell phone out in the open at a bar or on a restaurant table.

Know Your Options and Settings:

You can personalize your profile so that you can send and receive only the information you want to. You can select to receive messages from all contacts, or only some contacts. You can also block your license plate completely from receiving messages.

Drive Safely:

BUMP encourages you to use your phone in a safe and sensible manner at all times, especially while driving. Remember to avoid distractions, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Some jurisdictions regulate phone use while driving. Familiarize yourself with your local regulations and always remember to obey the law. Here are some tips for using your phone safely while on the road:

  • Make safe driving is your top priority.
  • Assess road conditions before making or taking a call - consider letting voicemail handle your calls and return them at your convenience.
  • Use a hands-free device such as a portable headset.
  • Take full advantage of BUMP's voice-to-text feature and send messages with both hands and eyes on the road.
  • Place your phone within easy reach.
  • Know your phone and its features, especially speed dial and redial. Don't attempt to use a new or unfamiliar phone while driving.
  • Use the voice dial feature available on some phones. Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
  • Dial sensibly, place calls when not moving or before pulling into traffic.
  • Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that may divert your attention from the road.
  • Utilize your passengers; have them BUMP for you.

States vary on their laws regarding cell phones while driving. Check the maps below to see the cell phone and driving laws for your state.

Map of Hand-held cellphone bans
Map of bans specific to young drivers and all cellphones
Map of texting bans

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