As kinds, were always advised not to ride with strangers. But the times and technology has changed drastically that we hire an unknown person to take us from destination A to B. While initially the concept of hiring a taxi to travel from one place to another was the talk of the town. Nowadays, people have gotten used to the comfort of it. That said, there are people who are still apprehensive about the concept of hiring and driving with a stranger. While most of these taxi experiences are pleasant, and professional, some are disasters and seems like a straight out of a dream. Instead of letting fate and luck decide our destiny, it is imperative to be aware of some of the basic tips before hiring a taxi.
Consider safety factors
Before you even hire a taxi, you ought to consider some basic factors like their name board, licensing, pricing details, and the type of person driving you to the destination. If you find anything off about any one of the things mentioned, you’re free to call it off.
Enquire about the pricing
Since it is your first taxi experience, you might be bound to overpay or the driver might overcharge you for your ride. Hence, before you hire one, enquire your neighbors about the fare from that particular location to your destination.
Booking instead of Hailing
Sometimes, forged taxi drivers are often involved with theft and robbery. If they see a valuable item in your hand, or by your side, they mostly come by themselves asking you for drop service. Instead of hailing on them, it is better to book a cab through a company or an agency. In case of any robbery or misconduct, you have the authority in your support to make things right.
Avoid when alone or intoxicated
Hiring a taxi can sound the like the best option when you’re drunk, but in reality it does more harm than good, especially when you’re alone. Taxi drivers might take advantage of your state by overcharging you or harming your sanity or harming you for your possession. The bleak situations are endless. Hence, it is safe to avoid hiring a taxi in such situations.
Shroud Valuable items
Although it sounds a bit preposterous, it is an important thing to do before you enter the taxi. Sometimes, the taxi drivers are fake and employ business to make money or steal. The last thing you want to do is fall prey to such frauds. Hence, put them inside your bag/purse to keep yourself and your valuables safe.
Opt for the back seat
The back seat, away from the driver, is the safest place in the car. It not only not only your dignity, but also keeps you away from any kind of potential harm, the black minded driver could possible impose.
Share your location with a trust able person
This is one of the best ways to make sure you’re safe. Some of the pre-booking cab companies also have an inbuilt option for sharing the location to a known someone. By doing so, they prove their truth-worthiness to the world.