Be prepared when Taking a Taxi
I spent 5 days in Chicago last month and had to conquer several of my fears and one of them was Taking a Taxi. If you live in a major city,where taxis are common, this may seem relatively silly. However, I grew up in the suburbs in Michigan and have never taken public transportation. The Metro Detroit area does have taxis and buses but they are not used on a regular basis for most. We do have a bus system but over the years the service has been cut back in the suburbs because most people have cars and use them.
I was not driving into Chicago because of the high cost of parking and had chosen to arrive by train. Traveling by train was an adventure in itself but that is a story for another day. I had done some advance planning and knew that I would need to take a taxi from the train station to the hotel as it was a few miles away. I did have a support system as I was traveling with a friend and we were able to tackle this “First” together.
After Spending 5 days using taxis and venturing out on a bus ride, I have come up with a list of 5 tips to follow when taking a taxi.
10 Tips For Taking a Taxi
- Look for a taxi stand. Many hotels,airports, venues,etc. have a designated taxi area or someone to help hail you a taxi. This saves you from standing in the road trying to wave one down. Also some cities and states do not allow a taxi to stop in the street or jump the taxi line so they must keep on driving even when they see you.
- If you are in a quiet area that is not seeing much traffic,walk to the nearest large intersection or call for a taxi.
- Make sure the car has taxi logo prominently displayed just don’t get in a car because it stops.
- Be prepared to pay cash. Some cities require taxis to take credit cards but the system may be down. I also found using cash saved me the worry of having my credit card information stolen.
- If you want a specific route taken ask them when you get in the car do not wait until you are already on your way.
- If you are stuck in traffic but close to your destination, don’t hesitate to ask to get out and then walk the rest of the way. This will save you money.
- If you want to file a complaint about your cab ride,request a receipt which will have the information you need.
- Remember to Tip!! A tip is a way to show you appreciate the service you received. 15% is a good amount and add $1 or $2 for each bag if they help load them.
- Be aware of taxi fares in the area you are taking a taxi. This ensures you will not get cheated.
- Don’t ever admit you are a tourist or don’t know where you are going. This will allow a dishonest taxi driver to take the “long way” to your destination.
Do you have any tips for Taking a Taxi that you would like to share? Leave a comment below!
Topic: Taking a Taxi