Sunday, 23 April 2017

Cab Safety Tips for Women Travelers

Many crimes against women happen when they are traveling in a taxi cab. However, if you live in a city in California it is almost impossible to live without a cab unless you have your own car. Fortunately, there are many ways you can stay safe during your journey. Here are a few tips:

Ask for an ID proof of the driver before boarding:

You can ask for a driving license, the driver’s company ID or a genuine photo ID. And if possible, click a few pictures of the ID and send it to a family member or friend by message.

Always use the GPS:

Make sure you keep your GPS 'On' in the mobile phone or in the vehicle, if any, till you’ve reached your desired destination. This is one of the best ways to ensure that the driver is going in the right direction and not to a remote spot. Doing this is particularly important if you take cabs at night. This is the time when drivers normally take different routes to quickly get to a destination or if their intentions are not right.

Cab drivers usually recommend shortcuts. Do not agree to take the short cuts, particularly if they pass from isolated patches.

Take the cab’s picture:

It may sound awkward to take a cab’s picture at that time, but since your safety at stake, take pics and send them to friends and family.

Use speed dial for emergency calls:

Make sure that the phone numbers of close friends and family members are there on the speed dial list. When there is an emergency, you can get in touch with someone with just a press of a button.

Cover up any expensive jewelry:
It is best to hide any expensive jewelry, accessories, etc. Anything that may lure a potential criminal should be covered while traveling by a cab.

Call someone when traveling at night:

When you board a cab make sure you dial a family member or a trustworthy friend and talk to them the whole time. Tell them about the cab number and where you’ve reached. This will deter any potential criminal from making a move. This is one of the best ways to stay secure.

Carry a pepper spray:

Carrying an instrument that can help you defend yourself is always a good idea. Make sure you buy a can of pepper spray and keep it in your bag at all times. It is one of the best defenses against criminals.

Hire a cab from a trustworthy cab service:

There are several yellow cab services available in California but not all of them can be regarded safe. There are many with a bad reputation. When choosing a provider make sure you read their reviews online. You can also ask friends and family for references. For instance, Serra Yellow Cab is one of the safest in California and caters to many cities.

By following these tips you can rest assured that every trip will be safe and comfortable.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Traveling with a Disability

Rise in the disabled population has also seen an increase in the number of disabled travelers. This has urged transportation providers to offer better disability accommodations. If you are thinking of traveling and you have a disability, it is extremely important to travel with medications and medical devices and research well about the place you are planning to travel to. This blog will tell you the best way to travel with a disability. 

  1. Ask someone to join you. If you intend to do long and extensive travel, keep in mind that there are many airlines that do not let disabled people travel without a companion. The rights of the disabled vary from nation to nation, so a companion can assist in navigating new environments. You can also hire a travel nurse to escort you on the trip, especially if you suffer from a serious medical concern.
  2. Set an appointment with your doctor before traveling. The doctor can tell you about unforeseen medication or travel risks. Get the required supply of medication for your trip, plus a little extra to cover any delays.
  3. Book the trip with a company that caters especially to disabled people. There are several travel companies that cater to people with disabilities. You can even buy a package or tour that has already been set up to cater to your specific disability.
  4. Use a phone to book your travel arrangements or meet the agent personally.
  5. To receive disabled access and accommodations, you must reveal your disability approximately 48 hours before time. Email or internet booking will not always include a choice to divulge your disability.
  6. Research about the destinations before you get there. You can use library books, such as Lonely Planet, to get a brief idea of how reachable the area really is. There are also several websites over the internet that offer advice on the best places for disabled travelers.
  7. Invest on flights without many layovers. Getting on a flight can be extremely uncomfortable for a lot of people who have disabilities. Getting access to a wheelchair may also take a lot of time, so make sure you book a direct flight.
  8. Call up the airline to request a seat that will be convenient for your transfer assistance and disability. Choose a seat that is closer to the bathroom or an aisle seat. Avoid sitting close to the emergency exit, since those seats require that you stay prepared to help other passengers.
  9. Book cabs designed for the disabled. Cabs for disabled are equipped to house wheelchairs and assist senior citizens as well as the disabled to travel from one place to another with maximum comfort and safety. The drivers of such vehicles are trained to assist the users and help them get in and out of the cab.

With just a few precautions and these handy tips, you can rest assured that your trip will be a fun and exhilarating experience. Happy traveling!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

How to Travel from San Francisco Airport to Downtown?

The San Francisco International Airport is one of the biggest airline hubs on the western coast. Like most metropolitan airports, SFO is located outside the main city. There are several different ways of travelling the 13 miles between the airport and downtown San Francisco. You can either take a taxi, use the rapid transit shuttle or train. This blog will tell you the best way to travel from the SFO to downtown San Francisco.

Begin by selecting the best transportation mode

Choose your desired mode of transportation- taxi, train, car or shuttle. Train or taxis are the quickest.

Use the train:

If you are in the international terminal, you should exit the customs station, and take the escalator to reach the departures level. Walk straight and you will arrive at the train station. In case you have arrived at the domestic terminal, you can walk south and come to the International Terminal and then BART.

Get off the train at one of the following downtown destinations- the Civic Center station, Powell Street Station, Montgomery Street, or Embarcadero Station.

If you choose taxi:

  1. Exit Terminal 3, 2, 1 or International from the Arrivals level. There is a taxi stand at every level.
  2. Get in touch with a dispatcher and queue in to get the next vehicle available.
  3. Load the bags in the cab. Tell the driver the destination.
  4. Once you reach the destination, pay the driver. The cost should be approximately USD 40. This includes the mileage, flagging fee, wait time and a tip.
Another great way to get a taxi is to book it online or via the provider’s toll free number. There are several yellow cab providers who offer pre-booking facility, where in you can book a cab for a date in the future. This will ensure that no time is wasted standing in queues for a taxi.

For rental cars:

  1. Get to the rental car center by boarding the Air Train (blue line).
  2. Rent a car. The rent will depend on the number of hours or days you wish to rent the car.
  3. Exit the airport and head west.
  4. Keep following the US-101 North till you see the Fell/ Octavia exit. Make sure to take the exit and then turn right to get off the freeway. Follow the Market Street east till you reach your downtown destination.
For shuttles:

Reach to the terminal’s departure level. If you have just arrived, you must take the elevator or escalator down a level.

Get to the shared shuttles/ vans sign. Cross the traffic lane and look for the shuttle dispatcher. In case you have pre-booked a shuttle, tell the shuttle dispatcher about it and he/she will point you to the right direction. If you haven’t booked a shuttle yet, they will point you to the next available van.

There are endless ways to travel from SFO to downtown. However, the best and quickest mode of transportation is taking a yellow cab.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Wheelchair Accessible Holiday Destinations in California

Planning to go for a vacation but looking for places that are wheelchair accessible? California offers a range of different destinations that people with mobile disabilities can enjoy without discomfort. Here is a list of few:

Palo Alto:

Situated in San Francisco Bay Area, this city is home to Stanford University and several IT companies such as PARC, Tesla Motors and HP. You can plan a weekend trip and visit Cantor Arts Center, and Hanna House, junior museum and zoo, and the nature preserve. The place offers wheelchair friendly holiday rentals to make the trip more fun and convenient for all.

Sacramento:

This place is home to charming museums such as the California state railroad museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center and many more. People looking for wheelchair accessible places can visit Old Sacramento or enjoy a picnic at the McKinley Park.

San Diego:

From scenic spots along the coastline to beautiful gardens to an amazing choice of restaurants, San Diego provides families and couples several great things to do. Tourists can visit the Botanical building, Cabrillo national monument, Torrey pines state reserve, San Diego zoo, and much more.

San Diego is also a haven for those who love food. Discover a variety of restaurants, bars, caf├ęs, and markets while learning about San Diego’s history and love of food. The place provides wheelchair accessible vans for tourists and residents to make travelling more convenient. 

San Francisco:

Whether you plan to unwind on the beach, go to a spa, or wine tasting, there is so much to choose near San Francisco. Make sure you check into a wheelchair friendly resort that offers activities for people of all ages. Some of the places to visit in San Francisco are, The Mendocino Coast, Monterey & Carmel, Sausalito, Napa, Sonoma, and much more. Vacationers can enjoy a combination of awe inspiring ocean views, art galleries, and the like.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is another popular destination located on the Western coast of California, offering a combination of stunning scenery, amazing weather, and lots to do. From gardens to spas and museums, famous sights and outdoor events, you will surely find something fun to do and see in this beautiful Californian desert city. Best things to do include the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Canyon Drive, and the Tramway.

Bakersfield

Visit the art museum or take a tour of the Crystal Palace to learn about the local history when you visit Bakersfield. Some of the best things to do if you plan to come with kids is to visit the Murray Family Farms, and Camelot Park. Apart from these, other popular attractions include the Kern County Raceway Park, Theatre & Music Hall and the nature preserve.

California is bustling with amazing cities and sights that make it an amazing destination to visit. Moreover, because of its emphasis on wheelchair accessible vans and wheelchair friendly rentals and hotels it is also a great place to visit for people with disabilities.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Tips to Avoid Driving Under the Influence this Festive Season

Get to your parties and get together safe by following our tips and choosing one of the riding options given below!

This is the season to be merry and enjoy a couple of drinks! Your timetable is brimming with parties and what better way to celebrate than with festive cocktails and champagne.  Make sure you keep your car in perfect shape, and most importantly make sure you are safe and stay away from driving under the influence.  Here are a few ways you can arrive safely in every party you are invited to:

Public Transit

A great option during the festive season is public transport. As a measure of safety, a lot of cities extend their subway hours to discourage DIY cases. Sometimes cities may even start free rides on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Even if they are paid, public transit ensures that you can enjoy the festivities freely without the worry that you have to drive home.

Limousine Service

If you make sure to book a limousine in advance you will get a guaranteed ride to and from the destination whenever you wish. The ride may seem pricey, but if you split it with a bunch of friends it will not be as expensive as it sounds.  It is almost impossible to get a taxi on New Year’s Eve.  Booking a limo ahead of time will ensure a personalized and safe transportation method.

Yellow Cabs

Private yellow cab service is available for people at all times. Irrespective of where you are, if you call up a reputed taxi service, they will dispatch their closest available cab ride and make sure you reach your destination on time and safely. This makes for an amazing service at nights such as, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve when calling up other providers goes in vain.  To calculate how much a cab ride should cost you, get a quote from them by either logging onto their website or giving them a call.

A yellow cab is certainly a preferred choice when compared to public transit or limo service. This is because they have the convenience of picking you from the destination, something you won’t get with public transit. Also, they are cheaper than a limousine service.

Calling up a Friend

If you have had a lot to drink it is your responsibility to make sure you either call a cab or a friend. You can either take turns to become the gazette drivers for a party so that each one of you gets the chance to enjoy.

Whichever option you end up choosing, make sure you plan in advance.  The holiday season is the most difficult time to book or hail a cab or take a public transit.  You don’t want to be someone who makes a last minute decision to drive on your own just because you have no other option. Arrive safely by planning ahead. Hope you enjoy the festivities!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Safety Tips for California Commuters

California is a pretty amazing place to live in, especially if you love Hollywood, art and architecture. Of course, no state or city is perfect, and California does have its risks as well. If you have just moved to a city in the golden state, you can certainly make use of these tips to keep yourself safe:

Be careful during rush hours and busy seasons

Rush hours always post more risks when it comes to using public transport. The more packed the buses, the more chances they give pickpockets to steal. Also, there is a greater risk of crime during the summer time, simply because thieves know that there are more tourists during this time.

Map every place you wish to visit

Making it obvious that you are new in the city can attract negative attention. If you don’t have a route planned out yet, make sure you plan it in your mind so that you won’t be caught scratching your head in the middle of a street.

Stay near authority

If you sit close to the driver, there is less chance of something unfortunate happening. Criminals prefer positioning themselves in places where it will be very difficult for the authority to catch them.

Do not keep anything in the back pockets

One of the riskiest parts of your clothing is the back pocket because it is one area you cannot see or protect easily. It is a piece of cake for pickpockets to grab anything without you noticing it.

Keep all the valuables hidden

If you have expensive gadgets worth hundreds or thousands of dollars it is best that you avoid broadcasting or flaunting them on the bus. Expensive gadgets serve as magnets for criminals on public transport system.

Use a yellow cab instead

If you are new to the city and unfamiliar with it, it is best to call or grab a yellow cab instead of using public transit. You can easily book a cab online and ask for a pickup during any time, no matter where you are located in the city. Good taxi providers will make sure you’re taken to the desired destination safely. It is also advised not to experiment with public transportation during the wee hours or at critical times as you are still new.

Public transportation may be cheaper in comparison to taking a taxi but it is not always the best or safest option. This is particularly true for newcomers; make sure you take plenty of time before experimenting with different modes of transit.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Do Taxi commutes make you anxious? Stress-Free Ways to make rides easy!

Commuting is a big part of living in an urban area and California is no different. You will have to ride buses, and cabs to get to places you want to be. However, commuting in any city in California can be a stressful and taxing activity. Some may even consider travelling as a total waste of time. However, this does not have to be the case! Technology has given the means to make the life of a commuter as easy and stress free as possible.

Listen to your favorite music or sing mildly to keep your composure

You can indulge yourself when riding a cab by listening to your favorite music and singing along mildly. This activity helps release endorphins (a chemical inside the brain that makes you feel positive). When singing along, there is no need for you to belt out loudly when in the cab, you can just sing mildly or whisper. Singing or humming in your head is also a great idea as it takes your mind off the traffic and driving.

Another great way you can lower your anxiety is by relaxing your eyes. This is especially important for those who have office jobs that demand continuous work on the computer. So relax your eyes by following the 20/20 rule. Look and focus on an object that is approximately 20 feet away from you for about 20 seconds, do this in every 20 seconds. This helps in keeping your vision accurate and keeps your mind from worrying.

Make your ride productive

Instead of worrying and feeling stressed, use this extra time to do productive things. Read a book during the journey. With modern technology, there is no need to buy a paperback. Just download an e-book and read it on your smartphone.

In case you have an upcoming presentation or sales pitch, use the extra time to practice it! Memorize your lines and improve your body language. Go over the whole thing in your head to make sure you are well prepared.

Use your cellphone or the internet to book a cab

New technology makes it even easier to avoid a tough or stressful commute. Just visit a yellow cab provider’s website, inform them about your location and destination. A cab will soon arrive to pick you up. Reliable, safe, easy and simple, this is the best way you can avoid all the stress and hassle of your daily commute.

By using these tips, you can surely arrive at work as energized and fresh as you were when you just woke up in the morning.