It’s true that we all need a taxicab at
some point to move from one location to
another as we journey and move around
during the course of our activities and
engagements either as foreigner in city or
citizen just commuting to another
In other to experience seamless transit,
it’s important to be cognizant of these
mistakes and try avoiding them when you
are in taxi for a ride.
1. Taking a Ride With Car-Windows
Some passengers don’t care much about
open window and would jump in with
both feet at any taxi available to them, so
long as it takes them to destination. But
in today’s modern age you deserved
more than just a ride. Not only would a
completely closed window gives you a
pleasant purring sound as car get into
motion but also do the following;
1. Shut out unpleasant air and dust from
finding its way into the car which is
unhealthy for you.
2. Mitigate theft and keep criminals &
hoodlum from having leeway and free
access to snatching your gadget or
belongings away through the window
especially when in heavy traffic and
3. Keep desperate hawkers away from
flashing and dangling their products right
into your face when in traffic which could
be very annoying particularly if you are
not very interested in their product.
4. A completely closed window give you a
slight advantage at some check point for
easy pass especially if the car gleams, as
officers at times believe with experience
that such vehicle won’t ply the road
without satisfying all requirements. This
obviously safe your travel time and
increases your chances of arriving
destination as early as possible.
Boarding a cab with a working Air
Conditioning system will give you all of
these benefits as window won’t have to
be wind-down for inflow of air.
2. Car Doors Un-Lock During Transit
It is very important to have all the car
doors locked centrally as soon as the car
gets into motion especially if you travel as
a family and have your kids with you.
With burning desire and bubble curiosity
of these young minds, the child may get
tempted to pull the door-handle; at times
intentionally and sometimes
unintentionally; and before anyone could
realize anything, the door is already
widely open with car still in motion(“Naija
movie scene in action, lo”), thereby
posing serious threat to everyone in there
and to other road user. Tell the driver to
turn it all locked centrally as soon as you
get into the car in other to checkmate the
Also, having your car doors all locked
during transit makes it difficult for
unauthorized person outside to have
access into your car at traffic, check point
and other stop overs; giving you little
control and time cushion which maybe
critical to try safe yourself in case of a
Inform the driver as soon as the car get
moved to turn it locked centrally, and
make sure you confirmed it locked by
attempting a pull.
3. Sitting In Front Passenger’s Seat:
Sitting right in front of a car may give you
chance to have a better view of the road,
current location and landmarks especially
if you are visitor. As pleasant as this may
seems especially for tourist and
adventurer, this position present some
downside which you must consider before
trading-off your rear-seat for it.
· First, it leaves you with no privacy
between you and driver.
· Second, it leaves you with no much
space & freedom which you might need
to place your hand-held and other
· Third, it leaves you in control of only
one exit door in event of emergency.
· Finally, this position open’s you up for
much heavy impact in cases of collision
and crash(Seat belt is crucial!).
Going into the rear-seat has a lots more
upsides than down as it
. Gives you privacy to do things you
consider private without having the prying
eyes of your driver on you easily
. Gives you more space and freedom to
place your handbags, gadgets and other
belonging while keeping an eye on it
. Gives you control to two exit door either
side in case of emergency
. Finally gives you a bit of pride especially
if the car is unbranded.
I recommend you go behind front
passenger seats position, for this gives
you a good view on driver activities, good
vision on upcoming vehicle and an eye on
speedometer in case you want to monitor
current car speed.
4. Asking The Driver How Long It Takes
To Reach Destination:
Asking your driver how long it would take
to reach your destination is a no! no! no!
question to ask if you are a first-time
visitor. Why? Because it quickly suggests
to driver that it’s your first visit to the
area and thereby opens you up for
possible misfortune if he does not have
your best interest at heart. You may only
have to rely at his mercy for whatever
happens to you and your belonging.
So rather than asking him that, you may
want to answer that question yourself by
reaching out to your smartphone and fire
up your GPS App to find out the distance
online. Also and more importantly
monitor your radar to be sure he is
heading to your destination. You certainly
won’t have much privacy to do all of that
without arousing his curiosity if you sit up
there in front with him.
Never open yourself up to driver;
remember you are dealing with a
stranger, someone you are meeting for
the very first time. So you’ve got to have
some element of doubt in mind.
I would say you install GPS App on your
smartphone so you can check online for
distance/travel time between source and
destination location and as well monitor
progression on radar if necessary. You can
strip away any nurtured ulterior motives
from him by letting him know that a
friend is actually waiting to receive you at
5. Stepping out of Taxicab First before
Driver with Luggage in Trunk:
As a passenger, you run the risk of losing
your belongings in the car trunk at night
journey if you step out first at destination
or stop over. A driver with ulterior
motives would simple capitalize on your
vulnerability and zoom off quickly as soon
as you stepped out first.
Regardless of the circumstance that
surrounds, always be alert. Make sure you
don’t step out first before the driver
especially if it’s a first time service from
him and not a cab company cabby.
Here’s some tricks; as soon as you arrived
at destination, politely tell him to help
you out with your luggage in trunk and
wait for him to step out and do that first
before you step out. Your luggage is
literally safe at this point as soon as he
has the trunk open and luggage out. It
better to always safe than sorry. Be very
alert especially at night!
6. Keeping Your Small Bag in Car
Our small bags contain some of the most
important stuff we carry along during our
travels; laptop, document, travel
passport, ticket, jewelries, money etc.
Having your small bag in trunk leave you
out of control, limit your access and as
well put you at higher risk of forgetting it
especially if you’re in a rushed mode at
dropped off location.
This would spell even more doom with a
driver with bad intention, as he zoomed
off soon as you alight (that’s if you fail to
apply advice 5.), leaving you with little/no
chance of recovery.
Imagine what happens if your travel
passport, documents, money and every
other valuable content of your small bag
are all gone in a snap during the course of
your travel. Don’t let this happen to you!
Always have your small bag besides you
when boarding a private taxicab. This
would safe you some troubles and give
you some control over it. In case of
emergency when time is of essence, you
can quickly grab your bag and head for
exit without wasting valuable time being
at the mercy of the driver to have the
trunk open to access your bag.
Have your small bag with you always, it
doesn’t have to be in the trunk. Its even
“light enough” to be placed on your laps.
Keep it with you.
7. Falling Asleep during Transit:
I know some might say “Oh! What is he
talking about? I can’t get control of this
most time; besides can’t one should get
fully relax at will and count on delivery
after paying for a service?”
You absolutely can i’d say; but trust me
you can only count on that if you are
using your regular cabby or a known
taxicab company otherwise it’s a No! No!!
thing to consider if you are using the
driver for the very first time and it’s you
first time visit to destination. You
wouldn’t want to fall asleep only to wake
up to realize the driver has driven past
your desired location or to an entirely
Always stay awake and alert in other to
have some control and not fall victim of
8. Becoming too Friendly with Stranger
It’s not uncommon to see someone step
into a taxicab for a ride and all of a
sudden break the ice to begin a
conversation with the cabby especially if
he/she is a typical extrovert. It always
almost happen to most of us.
We know human nature crave association
and desire for communication when we
found ourselves within a tiny space or
domain of few individual. As natural as
that might be, you have to be careful and
conscious of your communication so you
don’t end up dishing out much
information about your personal and
professional life to a total stranger;
someone you don’t know much about, all
because of his or your friendly nature.
Let’s face it, this is a stranger, someone
you are just meeting for the first time;
MY!! You’ve got to have some reservation
in your mind. You can chat on the general
stuffs if you desire to talk and of course
about the ‘at the moment’ scene, action
and happenings during the course of the
journey and a few other stuff. No too
much information. Be careful not to get
caught up here!
9. Being Unprepared to Alight Prior to
Its common to see passengers not
prepared to alight just before their step
out destination. This put you literally in a
rush mode and predisposed to leaving
your wallet, phones or other personal
belong which must have slipped out of
pocket during the course of your journey.
Just before your destination location; try
to checked yourself to be sure everything
you stepped in with is with you; that you
don’t leave anything behind as you step
out at final destination. Doing this would
put you in control and ensure that
everything is with you.
10. Telling the Driver to Speed Even
This is one of the most horrible mistakes
done by most passengers when in for a
ride. Here, you see passengers asking the
driver to hit the gas pedal even harder
beyond normal travel speed in other to
catch up with late appointment,
meetings, flight schedules and so on. This
single act put the two of you and every
other persons in the vehicle in higher
jeopardy with possible unforeseen
circumstance like tire burst, brake failure
and other looming doomed that
surrounds every car in motion.
You should never request the driver to
accelerate beyond comfortable speed
level for two reasons except on special
cases such as potential attack and life
. Every driver has a specific speed limit
they can comfortable run. Exceeding this
speed endangers everyone as he runs the
risk of getting out control in slightest loss
. Most cars used for taxi do not have full
grip and balance to run beyond certain
speed effectively without getting a bit
swayed and teetered.
The rule of thumb is, always get prepared
early enough for your journey, so you
don’t put yourself and driver on
unnecessary pressure during transit.
11. Being Quiet when Driver Becomes
Just as you it appear unsafe to request
the driver to speed the car more than
expected; being quiet on the other hand
when he hit the pedal unnecessarily
harder and making unsafe overtaking
won’t do you any good too.
Even though you are not behind the
wheel, you still reserved a huge control on
how you should be driven to your
destination “for he who pays the
piper…” . Don’t be quiet or afraid of
voicing out, to have him in check if its
Cases like this usually happen when the
cabby is thinking of dropping you off
quickly at destination in other to have his
car available for another cash in possible.
Its important to be careful on who you
picked for your drop off. Its usually safe
to choose your regular driver who
understands you better or a cab company
because they have a reputation to protect
and always strive hard to care first for
their customer before themselves.
I wish you a safe ride on all of your
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