We have all heard bad but avoidable stories about taxi drivers and their clients. Those sorry and sad incidents were avoidable if the basics checks were done before hiring and boarding. The truth of the matter if we cannot do without hiring taxis from time to time even if we have our own cars. For that reason, we must equip ourselves with basic but key tips to keep safe always.
What do you need it for
Your need for a taxi will determine the kind you should look out for. Are you traveling with kids or an infant? Are you traveling with seniors, the whole family, or you alone? Is it a long distance? Will the journey involve the night time? Do you need a taxi for any of these needs? All these are the first consideration to take before any other move is made.
Do a brief Check on the Company
Find out their reputation, get to know if they are properly registered and licensed to operate. You should also find out what measures they take to hire their drivers.
Do a Background Check on the Driver
It won’t cost you anything to do this. Its important to do this to know you are trusting your life to. Just ask for the driver’s detailed records.
Is their fares something you can afford? If not you can try to bargain or try another company or driver.
Vehicle Quality Check
You are trusting someone to drive you in his vehicle so you the right to know about the health of the vehicle. You shouldn’t wave this aside.
Do they have 24hrs Roadside Assistance?
Just in case of any mechanical issue on the road you shouldn’t be made to waste time. The company should have a good roadside assistance whenever needed.
If your travel will involve night times then you’ll want to make sure your safety is guaranteed. Be sure of your driver and the company.
Check Reviews from Past Clients
Do a brief research. Ask friends, neighbors or colleagues. Go online and read reviews from independent websites. This won’t take you 30 mins to find out all you need to find know to guide your decision if the company is big and known.
Stick with a Trusted Company
If you have found a reliable company then by all means stick with them. Except in the case where they cannot meet your immediate need but it won’t hurt to ask them for a recommendation or referral.