taxi photoRiding a taxi can generally be safe. It’s safer than

journeying through the subway, at least. But, there

are things, bad things that can happen when riding a

foreign taxi. There have been reports of kidnapping by

taxi drivers in which you have to be aware of. before

boarding any kind of vehicle, consider your safety

first and then be alert of your surroundings when

traveling especially when you’re alone.

Tip # 1 – Locate a taxi stand.

If you just came out of the airport, you can easily

find taxi stands around and near the area. It would be

a bit similar to what you have in your country. You

just have to notice the congregating taxis under a

sign that you can’t read and that would probably be

  1. If unsure, ask a police person. In general terms,

only cabs that are authorized by the government to

board passengers are the ones that can park under

these stands. This also means that the taxi driver is

licensed. Never let drivers that are aggressive to win

you over. They might have another intention than

bringing you to your destination.

Tip # 2 – Know something about the place where you’re photo

You should have even the slightest idea regarding your

destination. If necessary, try to avoid shortcuts

because this can confuse your memory and lead to

another street that you are unfamiliar with. Notice If

you’re heading south and the taxi is going north, be

determined to ask or otherwise make the cab stop for

if not, juts jump out of your seat and ask for help.

Tip # 3 – Observe for cab similarities.

Look at the color of the taxi. Is it he same with

others? Do they have certain similarities that can

assure you of some firm evidence that the cab is

really safe? You can never trust a taxi that seems

different from the others because in some places,

thieves use fake cabs to get your money or sometimes,


Tip # 4 – Keep your belongings close.

If you’re traveling alone and your are carrying a

really big and heavy luggage, sit beside it. Keep it

very close to you. Otherwise if it’s in the trunk, it

will be very difficult for you to pull it out if in

case anything bad happens.

Tip # 5 – Note phone numbers.

Taxi companies love advertising. That is why,

legitimate taxis are the ones with plastered company

numbers either on the trunk, doors and roofs. Never

get into a taxi that doesn’t have the company’s phone

number on its interior or exterior surface.

Tip # 6 – Sharing photo

Sharing your cab with someone can minimize your

consumption and impose some kind of safety within you.

Although, you should try to say “No.” if your taxi

driver wanted someone to share with you no matter how

peaceful the stranger looks – especially in foreign

countries. You could end up being kidnapped because

the peaceful-faced stranger is wearing a mask and is

actually a monster.

Tip # 7 – Get a hold of the door handle.

Don’t ride a taxi when the door handle inside it is

malfunctioning or is broken. It would be very

difficult for you to escape a predicament with a

busted cab door.

If in case all of these tips fail, always have an

emergency line where you can call local officials. It

is always a remark to put safety first when traveling

especially in foreign countries.

Photo by robnguyen01