A few days ago, we published an article on taxi safety tips. This article is for the other part of the equation: the taxi drivers. Whether you drive the traditional taxi, or you are involved with the modern ride-sharing services like Uber, Taxify or Lyft, you’re a taxi driver. Here are some taxi driver safety tips you should know to be safe:
STUDY YOUR POTENTIAL PASSENGERS AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Before taking a passenger into your car, observe them carefully. Watch their body language. If you feel uncomfortable with the person, it would be wise to turn them down. There have been several cases of taxi drivers getting robbed, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
ROLL UP THE WINDOWS AND LOCK THE DOORS
Always keep your windows rolled up. If you need to talk to anyone, roll your window down a little, just enough for a conversation to take place. Also, keep your doors locked at all times, as you would not want thugs to yank it open suddenly.
KNOW THE WAY
This is one of the most important taxi driver safety tips. You should know exactly where you are going, and also know alternative routes if possible. Also, avoid sketchy descriptions from passengers, and always be alert, especially when the passenger insists on giving directions.
CREATE A BARRICADE
This might not be easy for people that use their personal cars as taxis. However, in the interest of safety, you might need a barrier between you and your passenger as an extra line of defense.
INSTALL A TRACKER
Make sure there is a tracker in your car at all times, so you can always know where your car is.
BE CAREFUL AT NIGHT
When going on night trips, be extra vigilant. Use the major roads as much as you can, and if possible avoid internal roads. Also, stay at home if you can. Only go on night trips if you must.
BEWARE OF THE PASSENGER’S POSITION
If your passenger sits directly behind you, be watchful. Be ready for anything.
SHARE YOUR LOCATION AT ALL TIMES
This is one of the most important taxi driver safety tips. Make sure that someone knows where you are at all times.
USE A DUMMY ATM CARD
This goes for both passengers and drivers. Carry an ATM card with little cash. If you need more cash, you can make a transfer.
DON’T RESIST, IN CASE OF A ROBBERY
In the event of a robbery, just don’t resist. Your life is worth more than your possessions.