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We all love to do things with a click of our fingertips on our smartphone screen.
Think of anything which was impossible 20 years back, is possible with the press of our fingertip on our smartphone screen.
One of the major tasks of our daily lives is too book an online taxi.
This article regarding safety tips while booking an online taxi is dedicated to the safety of all followers of explicitfacts.com.
So, let’s dive in without wasting any more time.
In earlier days, if one had to have a chauffeur-driven car, then the person had to shell out a hell lot of money.
First, you had to spend money to buy a car, which included lots of government taxes and import duties.
If you apply for a car loan then you will end up paying 125% of the showroom cost of the car, in the form of interest amount.
Then you need to pay the driver monthly to drive you around.
Parallel payment of annual insurance for the car, along with the car maintenance cost.
If the car crashes somewhere, then repair costs will ensure that your pockets are emptied.
While driving on road, if you are caught in breaking traffic rules, then Traffic Police and Court cases, will keep you busy and poor for an exceptionally long time. Oh My God! We are already drained out!
Then came the Tech Giants like UBER, OLA, and Lyft.
These companies formulated a revolutionary business, where a person doesn’t need too much money.
Just one smartphone downloaded app of Uber or Ola or Lyft.
Some cash in your bank account, credit card or wallet, and Boom!
All the problems in owning a car and having a driver to drive you around are bypassed!
Ever since the time mobile app-based cabs booking services started taxi booking facility through smartphones, in all the major parts of the World, the life of everyone has changed for good.
Now cabs are easy to book and have great convenience of secure payment options.
But there have been some incidents against drivers of taxis, booked through mobile-based taxi booking apps.
Courtesy – YouTube
A perverted Uber driver has been jailed for eight months for sexually assaulting a woman in his cab in London.
Samson Haile, 32, told his 26-year-old passenger that he wanted to have sex with her, before touching her inappropriately.
The woman managed to flee the creep’s cab on Cromwell Road and alert police.
Later in the same evening he picked up a female off-duty police officer and tried to talk her into sex.
When she filed a report the next day, cops linked it to the previous evening’s sexual assault, they quickly identified and arrested Haile, expressing concern about the “rapid escalation” in his behavior.
“He went from talking about sex to actually touching alone, vulnerable female in a very short space of time,” said Detective Constable Carly Driscoll.
Haile, from Brentford in west London, was found guilty of sexual assault on Sept. 3 and hit with his jail sentence Wednesday.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, prohibiting him from working as a private hire driver in England or Wales.
Phew! The figures are depressing. But we are not against mobile-based cab booking apps. Before going ahead first, we need to answer some questions.
There are a lot of things that you, as a rider can do to stay safe. List of tips will help you stay safe while riding with online cab services: -.
If you’ve had too much to drink, it may seem like the right decision to get a cab – and it is, with someone else.
If you’re drunk, the ride in the taxi may put you to sleep.
The drink may also put you into a semi-conscious state – not the best circumstance to defend yourself from the driver, a partner the driver called, or anyone else who wants to harm you.
Riders have been raped, beaten, robbed, and even killed after getting into a taxi when they’re helplessly drunk.
If you’re drunk and need a ride, take a non-drunk friend along with you and stay awake during the trip.
Before you request a ride, think about where you’re headed and review the safety features in the app, so you know how to use them.
You need to be very clear, what are features are available with the app and what all actions need to be taken in case of any emergency.
Investing some time in watching freely available YouTube videos related to the operation of these apps is highly recommended.
Never book a cab in last-minute haste.
Always keep some time in hand so that while the booking gets confirmed and the car is on the way to pick up point, you have full details of the driver, you can do a proper check before the car actually reach the pickup point. Call for a Taxi Instead of Hailing One
Some independent taxi drivers work in partnership with thieves.
The scam goes like this: –
The driver spots something valuable on your person (jewelry, a camera, a mobile device) and they text the thief with the route.
Because the thief knows the taxi and the way, they only must wait at a stoplight to open the door and snatch what’s yours.
Ask for the cab number when you speak with the dispatcher so you can be confident, you’re getting in the right vehicle.
Make sure the taxi number, or at least the company’s name and phone number, is visible on the car before you attempt to get in.
If you are traveling alone, then it is critical that you see the probable route from your pick up point to the destination.
If the road is passing through an isolated area, with no population, then please think again before boarding the taxi.
Although the online app will show the shortest route (to save your money) but still no one can stop you from taking up the direction you want.
If the driver insists on the following path visible on the mobile app, then you need to take a call. Confirm the Price and Tipping Range
A mobile app or driver can tell you the typical price range to your destination and the appropriate amount to tip.
Having a clever idea of what you need to pay – and confirming the price with the driver ahead of time can mean less hassle when it’s time to pay the bill.
If the lady is traveling alone, then it is always a good option not to wear revealing clothes.
You just cannot control the person sitting in the driver’s seat, but you can be careful.
The character of a person is never written on anyone’s forehead. Anyone can turn into the devil in the flip of a few seconds.
Another feature of the app is a rating system that allows riders and drivers to rate each other. This system discourages any problem behaviors.
“The rating system encourages good behavior on both the passenger and the driver because the driver rates the passenger and the passenger rates the driver,” he says. “Both parties have good reason to behave themselves.”
Most of the mobile apps’ safety team look at rating information and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and address concerns.
The mobile apps provide riders with their driver’s first name, photo, license plate number, and a picture of the vehicle and their driver’s rating.
This information is intended to prevent riders from getting in a car with a fake driver.“We encourage them to use all this information to verify the car and the driver before getting in,” Uber spokesperson Kayla Whaling tells USA TODAY College.
“On the flip side, the driver also verifies the account holder by making sure it is the correct person.”
In the case of regular taxis (not using mobile apps), all genuinely licensed taxi and minicab drivers’ vehicles are equipped with a meter (for determining the charge) and radio (for taking calls from the dispatcher).
In nearly all countries, the taxi driver is required to carry and display their ID badge in the vehicle. If you don’t see a badge or a radio, do not get into the car.
Drivers are supposed to address the rider by name to further verify their identity.
Also, the only way to request an official driver is through the app. Street hails are not allowed on the platform.
You may think extraordinarily little of the cost related to some of your mobile devices, but in a developing country, a smartphone is easy to grab and even more comfortable to sell.
If you’re using a mobile device while waiting for the taxi or at a stoplight, you may think you’re efficient, but you’re also flashing a target for potential thieves.
All a thief needs are 20 seconds at the next stoplight to reach in and take it. You need to be very careful.
Store your cameras in your bags and zip them up. Then, keep your purse, backpack, or other bags close to you – preferably on the floor between your feet where they’re hard to see and even harder to reach. You can also place your leg through the longer straps. Just remember to untangle before you try to exit the taxi!
In the backseat, you’re less visible to the driver and to passersby as well. If you’re traveling solo, sitting in the middle puts you farther out of reach too. It gives you and your driver some personal space. The less accessible you are, the less likely you’ll be targeted.
Get the car sick easily? Take a motion sickness pill from your travel medical kit instead
No matter what the reason they’re there, it can mean no good for you and it’s commonly a way that travelers get robbed, kidnapped, raped, and murdered.
Seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries related to car accidents.
Know Where You’re Going Ahead of Time
Have an idea where you’re going ahead of time, and how long it will take to get there. You can quickly look this up online or on your smartphone but be realistic about your knowledge of the area. While the taxi driver may know a better route or one that avoids toll booths if you’re headed the wrong way entirely feel free to get out at the first opportunity.
If you decide to abandon the taxi, toss money into the front seat (in case you’re mistaken) and all will be well. The taxi driver isn’t going to chase you down.
While the app gives riders the information, they need to verify their driver’s identity, passengers are also able to notify their own contacts about their whereabouts in case of emergency. A rider can share their trip details, including the estimated time of arrival and specific route. A family member or a friend who received the link from the rider can actually see the car moving along the distance, and they can know when that person arrives.”
While en route, tap “Share status” in the app to share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. They can track your trip and see your ETA without downloading the mobile app.
There’s no need to share your phone number or other contact information with your driver. If a rider and driver need to contact each other, the then mobile app automatically anonymizes both phone numbers to protect everyone’s privacy.
Trust your instincts and use your best judgment when riding with Mobile app-based cab services. And if you ever feel you’re in an emergency, call 100 or relevant emergency numbers of that country, immediately.
Respect your driver and his or her car.
In some countries, the currency changes and unscrupulous drivers may return your change in discontinued or worthless bills. Know enough about the local money to identify the bills and coins you should use for payment.
If you aren’t sure, check with a local (your host or a hotel concierge can help you) before you enter the cab.
If you’re in a foreign country, now the local equivalent of dialing 911 – therefore it’s good to keep your phone out of sight but handy.
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Ensuring your safety is your responsibility. Once you board a cab booked through online service, then it is very difficult for someone to reach out for your help.
Once you are inside the taxi, the driver has full control over the door locking mechanism and can, therefore, cause any sort of harm to you and other passengers.
The above-mentioned safety tips will help you in ensuring a safe journey and happy experience, not once, but every time.
Courtesy – YouTube
In spite of taking all the precautions mentioned above, still you get trapped inside a taxi, booked from an online app, then please refer to our other article titled Trapped inside a Taxi! Now What?
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