Taxis are a convenient way to get around an unfamiliar city. Although taxi rides can be expensive, there are some things that you can do to make your ride cheaper, faster, and more comfortable for you and the driver. Here are five questions to ask a taxi driver during your trip.
♞ Do you know where that is?
Once you give a destination to the driver, often he or she will motion you to get in the car. But before you jump in, make sure that the taxi driver knows where to go. You can end up spending a lot of extra money if the driver is not confident about the location and needs to ask someone or drive around to find the place. If the driver doesn’t seem confident when you ask the question, politely move on to the next taxi.
♞ Is the meter on?
Some taxi drivers will try to trick you by leaving the meter off. Once you arrive at the destination, you will have to pay whatever taxi fare that the driver asks you to pay. After all, unless you settle on the price ahead of time, you must pay whatever fare is demanded for services already rendered. Make sure that the meter is on in the beginning of your journey to avoid any surprises.
♞ What street are we taking?
Another trick that taxi drivers can pull is to drive around in circles to ring up a larger bill. If you show some awareness that you are paying attention to the path, the driver is more likely to drive straight to the destination. Ask which street you are going to take, and if possible, follow your path on a map to be sure you aren’t going in circles.
♞ What’s your favorite place in the city?
Taxi drivers can be a wealth of information if you take the time to ask them questions. They drive around the city all day, and they get to see many spots that most locals don’t get to see on a regular basis. You can ask for unique suggestions on places to see or things to do that are off the beaten path. You’ll be sure to have a great tourist experience if you get some local advice from a taxi driver.
♞ How are you today?
Finally, it’s a kind thing to do to simply treat a taxi driver nicely. Many people look down on taxi drivers or pretend like they’re not even there. A taxi driver may be doing you a service, but at the end of the day he or she is simply another human who you could get to know and be friendly with. So pay a little kind attention to your taxi drivers, and you’re sure to be rewarded.
Some people simply let the taxi take them to their destinations and pay the fees. However, going on autopilot makes you miss some of the best tricks to getting a good taxi ride. Click here for more taxi tips on how to travel well.