Health Safety Guidelines When Traveling in a Cab

Whether you are the passenger or the taxi driver, the tips given below apply to all those who wish to protect themselves from any kind of health hazard and reduce the risk of spreading as well as catching the virus.

Check for Any Symptoms Before Sitting in the Cab

In case you notice symptoms related to flu in the taxi driver, decline the ride and advise him to contact the local health authority.  

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Always Sit at the Back

While this may not be possible every time, particularly if you are with a big group, do try and make sure you sit at the back. This will increase the distance between the driver and yourself and will protect you from coughs, sneezes, etc.

Make Sure the Vehicle Is Clean

Always make sure that the vehicle that has come to pick you up is clean. Cleanliness ensures that the vehicle is free from bacteria and viruses.

For taxi drivers, to reduce the chances of spreading or catching a virus while driving, here are some precautions to follow:

  1. Clean surfaces such as steering wheels, card payment devices, handbrake, etc. regularly with cleaning products. Clean at the start, in the middle, and towards the end of your shift.
  2. Always carry tissues and use them every time you cough or sneeze. You can also offer fresh tissues to the passengers incase they need it.
  3. Get rid of the used tissues as soon as you can.
  4. Wash your hands regularly with water and soap (keep a water bottle and soap in the vehicle) or apply a sanitizer gel. The sanitizer gel must contain 60% alcohol.


Avoid Cash Payment

Whether you are the passenger or the driver, try and use pre-paid cab services or use a card for payment. Avoid cash payments by all means.

Call a Provider You Trust:

This is not the time to experiment with new taxi companies. It is best to call a provider you know from before or choose a taxi provider with a good reputation. Go through reviews and testimonials before deciding on a company.

Ask the Driver About His Last Pick-Up

This is a reasonable practice, particularly if the taxi driver has collected someone from the airport. In case his passenger belonged to a high-risk area such as Italy or Spain you can decline the ride and advise the driver to contact the local health authorities for advice.

It is generally safe to use a taxi cab during the pandemic outbreak. The only possible dangerous situation is if an infected person traveled in the taxi before you. You may get infected if you end up touching the same surface as the affected person and then touch your nose or mouth. It is best to carry a hand sanitizer always. Spray the area with a sanitizer before sitting inside. Avoid touching surfaces. In fact, wear disposable gloves and carry a change of clothing so that if there is any suspicion about the hygiene of the car, you can immediately change into something new.