Safety First Traveling
Riding a taxi can generally be safe. Its safer than journeying through the subway, at least. But, there are things, bad things that can happen when riding a foreign taxi. There have been reports of kidnapping by
taxi drivers in which you have to be aware of. before boarding any kind of vehicle, consider your safety first and then be alert of your surroundings when traveling especially when youre alone.
Tip # 1 Locate a taxi stand.
If you just came out of the airport, you can easily find taxi stands around and near the area. It would be
a bit similar to what you have in your country. You just have to notice the congregating taxis under a
sign that you cant read and that would probably be it. If unsure, ask a police person. In general terms,
only cabs that are authorized by the government to board passengers are the ones that can park under
these stands. This also means that the taxi driver is licensed. Never let drivers that are aggressive to win
you over. They might have another intention than bringing you to your destination.
Tip # 2 Know something about the place where youre heading.
You should have even the slightest idea regarding your destination. If necessary, try to avoid shortcuts
because this can confuse your memory and lead to another street that you are unfamiliar with. Notice If
youre heading south and the taxi is going north, be determined to ask or otherwise make the cab stop for if not, juts jump out of your seat and ask for help.
Tip # 3 Observe for cab similarities.
Look at the color of the taxi. Is it he same with others? Do they have certain similarities that can
assure you of some firm evidence that the cab is really safe? You can never trust a taxi that seems different from the others because in some places, thieves use fake cabs to get your money or sometimes,
Tip # 4 Keep your belongings close.
If youre traveling alone and your are carrying a really big and heavy luggage, sit beside it. Keep it
very close to you. Otherwise if its in the trunk, it will be very difficult for you to pull it out if in
case anything bad happens.
Tip # 5 Note phone numbers.
Taxi companies love advertising. That is why, legitimate taxis are the ones with plastered company numbers either on the trunk, doors and roofs. Never get into a taxi that doesnt have the companys phone number on its interior or exterior surface.
Tip # 6 Sharing alert.
Sharing your cab with someone can minimize your consumption and impose some kind of safety within you. Although, you should try to say No. if your taxi driver wanted someone to share with you no matter how peaceful the stranger looks especially in foreign countries. You could end up being kidnapped because the peaceful-faced stranger is wearing a mask and is actually a monster.
Tip # 7 Get a hold of the door handle.
Dont ride a taxi when the door handle inside it is malfunctioning or is broken. It would be very difficult for you to escape a predicament with a busted cab door.
If in case all of these tips fail, always have an emergency line where you can call local officials. It
is always a remark to put safety first when traveling especially in foreign countries.