As winter holidays draws to a close and travelers are scrambling to squeeze in one more trip, it’s a good time to revisit the WHO Study of Global Road Safety.
It’s great to know the dangers of the road when driving, but what about those times when you’re not the person at the wheel? Many travelers choose taxis as a primary method of getting around. Taxis are generally safer than many forms of public transportation, especially if buses and trains are overcrowded, poorly run or unregulated. According to the WHO report, in Kenya where public transportation consists of boda bodas, tuk-tuk’s, mataus (small vans with sliding doors, blasted reggae or R&B music and the strong smell of BO- window seats are best) and taxis, 38% of the road deaths were passengers in buses and mataus. Still, hailing a cab has its own potential perils.
When traveling in Aylesbury, an HTH Worldwide frequent business traveler was told not to trust the taxis there. A security consultant advised him to have the hotel send a car for him and provide him with a password that he could request from the driver to verify that it was in fact the correct car. So in addition to asking the hotel in advance to recommend a safe taxi service for you, here are a few steps you can take to minimize the risks.
Before You Get In
Inside the Cab
If you find a cab and driver you like, give him a nice tip and get a phone number. You may want to ride together again. Any other advice you would like to share?