Getting To Know More About Taxis – Tips And Tricks
Do you live in a place where taxing a taxi is not a regular activity? Well, for some, it’s somewhat intimidating to get in a car with the driver you haven’t even met yet and let him take you to your destination. Well, there are many people all around the world taking taxis as a part of their daily lives and it’s also a normal way to travel. The only thing is that, if you have never traveled by taxi before, you might have a lot of questions as well as fears about the general guidelines for what you should expect.
So, here are some of the tips and tricks on how to travel using a taxi and how to avoid getting ripped off by those sneaky cab drivers:
1. Getting a taxi- the first thing that you must know is on how to find a taxi. Fortunately, this drill is similar in many parts of the world, as it is where you need to stick your hand out and hail one right on the street. Most of the taxis have a light in front of the windshields, which indicates that they are free to pick up new passengers. You might even notice some taxis decelerating and honking at the pedestrians, offering a lift. Whenever the taxi ignores your hand wave, it’s a possibility that they already has a passenger. Different places has different ways of hailing a taxi. In most places around, the locals wave their hands, stick their arms straight up in the air and some flap their hands up and down. In some places, you might have to hold your hand out near your waist to indicate a hail. You can actually look for other people across the street hailing these taxis and you only have to copy their technique.
2. Know your way- another thing you need to know to take a taxi is by knowing your way before you get in. This may seem somewhat unreasonable. After all, you’re only paying the taxi driver to get you there in a safe manner. Keep in mind, you just cannot trust someone when you’re in a foreign land. So, make sure that you already have the bits of information on hand before getting into the taxi. First of all, know where you have to go, it must be with the actual street address. To make it a lot easier for you, you should study the map, check for major landmarks, museums that will pass on the way.
3. Payment- legal taxis run on a meter system and they will track your mileage and calculate the amount you have to pay automatically. You should avoid taxis that do not really run on meters to avoid over-paying and getting ripped off.
So, if you’re planning to visit a different place and taking a taxi seems to be the simplest way to get around that place, then using those tips mentioned above can help you get started.