Perhaps you are interested in airport transportation, train station transportation, hospital runs, wedding cars, or tour & sightseeing vehicles, cabs offer a reliable, cost-effective and timely mode of transportation. Furthermore, if you are planning to take shorter trips such as going on a night-out or going to work, you may consider cab services in many cities across the country. Cab drivers offer an invaluable service to visitors, workers and shoppers who need to get to their destination quickly. The tips for hailing and getting your desired cab include:
В· Read the signs
Walk to the roadside or a street corner, if you are in a busy city where there is an abundance of taxicabs. Face the traffic and look out for an available cab. Before hailing a cab, make sure it is not off duty or occupied. Most of the vehicles have a sign on top of the vehicle with a cab number. If the light or numbers is lit, this means the cab is available. If the lights reads “off duty” or are not illuminated, this means they are not currently working.
В· Get noticed
You can get noticed by the cab driver by raising one or both arms and waving. A driver who is looking for passengers is certainly predisposed to be observing the side of the roads. Furthermore, make eye contact with the driver and move towards the cab, this signals to the driver that you are interested in getting a ride. Sometimes, you might need to yell or whistle “Taxi!” to get the attention of a driver. Never underestimate the power of a good whistle, cab drivers are predisposed to turn almost involuntarily and stop.
В· Wait in the cab stand
If you cannot find a cab on the street, walk to a taxi stand. Most parts of the cities, especially near tourist attractions, hotels, airports or train stations, have stands labeled “taxi”. You may consider waiting in line for the next available cab. If you cannot find a stand, you can ask the hotel’s door attendant to hail one for you. It would perfectly be in order to compensate the doorman with a small tip for their effort.
В· Talk to the driver
As you open the door converse with the cab driver and tell him/her where you want to go. Double-check the destination and price before finally getting in the cab. The drivers are often regulated using meters that monitor time and mileage. Therefore, the price often depends on the length and distance of the trip. Furthermore, confirm the means of payments because some cabs accept only cash, while others accept both cash and credit card payments.