You've seen them before: those yellow cars with the light on the roof that says "Taxi" in big, bold letters. Your knowledge of cabs and drivers comes from a long career of watching movies or television shows. Or maybe your knowledge of cabs comes from the travel stories your friends and family have told you over the years.
But you've never been in a cab, and you know that sooner or later you'll need one. Whether you need to travel to another state or abroad, you expect to take a cab from the airport to your hotel, your office, a friend's house, or some other location.
Whether you're getting into a cab for the first time or what feels like the thousandth time, the following tips will help you enjoy your cab ride even more.
You may be intimidated or shy about calling a cab, especially if you've never ridden in one before. Instead of waving your arms and missing ten cabs in a row, call the Tulsa taxis company and ask for a cab to pick you up at your pickup location. That way, you'll never have to wait for a ride to your next destination.
You can also ask the dispatcher for an estimate in advance. This way, you will know approximately how much your ride will cost even before you leave your home, office or the airport.
- Know the name of the cab company.
If you encounter a problem during your ride, you need to know who to talk to or report the problem to. Ask the driver for the taxi Tulsa company and write it down on your phone or on a piece of paper. Also write down the cab number and the driver's name, if possible.
If you accidentally forget one of your items in the cab, you will also know who to contact. Most cab drivers turn in forgotten items to the fleet manager. You will probably find your missing item at the cab company office.
- Know your location in advance.
If you are visiting a city, you should know the exact address of your destination and provide it to the cab driver. If possible, you should also know what landmarks are nearby, just in case the cab driver is not familiar with the place. If your cab driver doesn't know where to go, don't be afraid to use your phone's GPS to guide him to your destination.
- Pay attention to the flag or traffic light.
If you have never ridden in a cab before, you may not know how to tell an occupied cab from a free one. Pay attention to the flag or light. If you see a raised flag on the cab, the cab is empty. At night, cabs use lights on the vehicle to indicate to passengers that the cab is free.
- Pay with cash or card.
If you are not sure how to pay for your cab, don't worry. You can pay with cash or with your credit or debit card. However, most cab drivers only accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
If you pay cash, take small bills with you so you can pay the exact fare. If you have larger bills with you, make sure the driver has change before you pay him.
- Recognize a licensed cab.
Some unlicensed drivers operate illegal cabs and seek passengers who are in desperate need of a cab. These drivers often charge outrageous prices and do not abide by the same regulations as licensed cab drivers.
Always check if the cab has a license sticker and a taximeter. Some cabs have the license sticker stamped on the rear window. The license sticker shows potential passengers that the cab has an official state vehicle license.
- Put away your belongings first.
Every now and then you may encounter a forgetful cab driver. He or she may accidentally drive off before you have removed your luggage from the trunk or back seat. The best way to avoid runaway suitcases, handbags or backpacks is to take the items out of the cab before you pay the cab driver. He or she will not let you out until after you pay the fare, giving you a chance to collect your belongings.
Now that you know how to approach cabs like a pro, you can always get into a cab. Keep these tips in mind when you get into a cab for the first (or even the hundredth) time.
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