How to Have a Safe and Pleasant Taxi Ride

No matter how comfortable you are in driving a vehicle, there will always be times when you have to hire a taxi cab for your transportation needs. During the holiday season, or while going out with friends for drinks or when having numerable stops on the schedule, a call to a cab company is the best idea. With reasonable fares and sophisticated vehicles, you can book a taxi at the click of a button.

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However, here are a few ways you can make your ride pleasant and safe.

1. Confirm before getting in and inform someone of your whereabouts:

When your taxi arrives, make it a point to be absolutely sure that the cab is for you. You can do this by checking if your driver knows your destination and your name. You must also ask the driver for their photo id proof before you board. Photograph the number plate and if you get a chance, take the photo of the person driving the vehicle. Before getting inside the taxi, give a call to a friend or a family member, message them the images and let them know where you are planning to go. Also, check if you have the control of your door and window.

2. Make use of safety apps and GPS on your Mobile:

Make sure you keep your mobile GPS turned 'ON', till the time you are out of the car. This will ensure that the cab is on the right track and going off the track. Numerous applications help you connect to the police instantly. You should have the phone numbers of your close friends and family members on your speed dial list. During any emergency, you should be able to call them immediately.

3. Always take the busy roads:

Never let the cab driver take a shortcut. No matter what they say, stay resolute and ask them to take the high traffic, safe routes. Make sure all isolated roads are completely avoided particularly during nights, even if that means you will reach late. The saying 'it is better to be safe than sorry' should be your guiding rule.

4. Indoor safety in the Taxi:

If you are coming back from a cocktail party or if you are traveling at night, make sure you share the vehicle rather than traveling alone. Never wear expensive jewelry and avoid counting your cash in the taxi. Also, just to be safe, carry a stole or jacket for covering yourself if you are wearing revealing clothing.

5. Stay Alert:

At the time of your commute, never have any personal conversations over the phone. During such conversations, you may end up giving away personal information which may be heard by the cab driver and may be used unlawfully. In case the driver engages you in personal conversation, avoid them. Never give out specifics. Stay aware of your surroundings and be aware of all the landmarks passing by. Also, avoid checking email or playing games on your cellphone.

You must never drop your guard and stay aware and alert of all your surroundings at all times. However, you must also make sure you hire a reputed yellow cab provider for best experience.