For anyone who doesn’t own a vehicle, especially those living in a bustling metropolis, taxis and ridesharing apps are majorly convenient services. These services take the pressure off of individuals and allow them to sit back and enjoy the ride.
However, as with any activity that involves walking near a busy street, there are also precautions one must take when using taxi or ridesharing app services. Check out our two tips below to ensure you have a safe trip.
Hailing a Cab 101
Ok, so Uber users need not be concerned with this tidbit of valuable information. The following are dos and don’ts for protecting yourself from injury when hailing a taxi.
- Don’t ever go out onto a busy street to get a drivers attention, cab drivers are always looking for new customers, and they will notice you safely waiting on the sidewalk.
- Don’t get into a vehicle that is not a city-regulated taxicab, regardless of what the driver may be telling you about his services.
- Do wait on the sidewalk until the driver who is stopping for you can meet you at your spot. It is common for individuals hailing a cab headed in the opposite direction to attempt to run across the street to get into the vehicle, this is extremely dangerous however, and should be avoided at all costs.
Exiting a Cab or Uber 101
In taxis, as opposed to personal vehicles, it’s more common to be dropped off on the side of the road than in parking lots. If your taxi driver is dropping you off outside of a building on the side of the road, it’s imperative that you exit the vehicle on the side facing away from traffic. If you cannot exit the vehicle on this side, ensure that you do a shoulder check for any oncoming cars or cyclists that could be hit if you open your door. Do not exit the vehicle until it is safe to do so and there is no oncoming traffic.
Once you’re in a cab or an Uber, getting from point A to point B is a piece of cake.
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