Whether you are having a taxi ride for the first time, or you’ve already had a lot of taxi experiences, you need to know certain things about taxis. If you haven’t been inside a taxi yet, you might sooner or later need to. So, you need to know some of the basic tips before hopping into taxis to enjoy more of your taxi experience.
- Call ahead
Hailing a taxi can be a hassle, especially if you’ve never had a taxi ride before. Waving your hands and missing ten taxis in a row is quiet intimidating, isn’t it? Rather, make a call to a reliable cab company and ask to pick you up at your location. This way, you’ll never have to wait for taxis.
- Recognize a licensed taxi
There are some unlicensed drivers who operate illegal taxicabs. These drivers tend to target the passengers desperately looking for the taxis, and charge outrageous cab fares from them. They do not follow the regulations like the licensed drivers either. So, be smart, and check for the licensed sticker and meter. The ones with licensed stickers have official state vehicle certification.
- Note down company’s name
Do not forget to note down the name of the company. If you do, you can always ask the driver. If you accidently encounter an issue during your ride, you need to know to whom you should report the problem. Also note down the taxi number and driver’s name, if possible. In case you leave any of your belongings inside the taxi, you’ll know whom to contact.
- Know your destination
When you visit a city, you need to know your location ahead of time. You should know the exact address of where you want to go and give it to your driver. In case your driver isn’t familiar with the location, you should also know some familiar landmarks nearby. If your driver is still unfamiliar with the location, do not hesitate to use the GPS on your phone.
- Look for the flag or light
If this is the first time you are having a taxi ride, you might not know which taxis are available, and which ones are occupied. You need to look for the flag on the cab. If you see a raised flag, then the cab is empty. At night, lights are used on the top of the taxis to alert passengers that the cab is available.
- Have the proper change
You need to carry lots and lots of small bills so that you can pay the exact fare. Cash payment is always a better option. However, you can use your debit or credit card to make the payment. If you have larger bills, make sure the driver has changed, before you pay him or her.
- Remove your belongings first
Do not get off the taxi, or pay the fare before you remove your items from the cab. Every once in a while, you come across a driver who accidently drives off before you get to remove your luggage from the cab. Do not pay until you’ve removed all of your possessions. The driver won’t leave without the fare, so this allows you to collect all of your belongings.
- Know who to call in an emergency
For your safety, you must always know who to call in case of an emergency. Keep your phone handy!