The One Question To Ask Every Cabbie Before Leaving Their Car


During a taxi ride, you might ask your cabbie any number of questions, from, "How's your day going?" to, "Do you know a good place to eat?" There is one question that many people do not ask their drivers, but everyone should. Before leaving a taxi cab, you should always ask the cabbie for their card.

Taxi Drivers Have Cards

Although you might not think of taxi drivers as the type of people who carry business cards, most drivers have them. They are professionals who provide a service, and like other professionals they have business cards. Just ask for it, and most will gladly give you one.

The Benefits of Getting a Card

If you're single and the cabbie is cute, there's an obvious reason to get their card. It's an easy and polite way to ask for their number. Even if you don't have interest in going out to dinner with your driver, though, there are several benefits to getting their card.

  • First, their business card will contain their name. Having a name will help you identify the driver if you want to leave feedback with their supervisor. Although you could use the license plate number or cab number to identify the car, more than one driver might use the same cab. With a first and last name, there will be no question about which driver you are referring to.
  • Second, if you regularly need a cab ride at the same time, you can try requesting a cabbie that you like. It may be difficult to remember the name of the cabbie you want to request, though, especially if you only need a ride once a week. Keeping their business card in your wallet or purse will make it easy to look up their name while on the phone with the taxi cab company.
  • Third, and most importantly, if you forget something in the cab you can quickly call the cabbie directly. If you leave a piece of luggage in the trunk or a file on the back seat, dispatch may not be able to help you get it back until the end of the shift. With the cabbie's cell number or extension in hand, you'll be able to call them and arrange a place to meet up before the shift is over. Just be sure to tip them well for their inconvenience.

The next time you take a taxi ride, be sure to ask for your cabbie's business card. Who knows when you'll want to leave feedback, request the same cabbie or need to track down a forgotten item? If you ever do, that card will come in handy. If you're looking for a taxi company in your area, contact Union Taxi.


27 February 2015

Tips for Navigating Your Transportation Options While on Vacation

Many travelers face the same dilemma while on vacation -- is it better to rent a car or take taxis? I made some guidelines for myself to determine which transportation option to use during each vacation. First, I always rely on taxi-cabs in large cities, as I can walk many places and driving in heavy traffic is not for me. Rental cars are best for quieter locations. Second, I determine what is on my itinerary, if I have one at all. If I have a strict plan of where I need to go and when, then I take a cab. If I don't have a tight, planned-out schedule, then a rental car is more useful for driving around and checking out scenery. I created this blog to encourage others to stop stressing over which transportation option you choose and when. Make your own guidelines to make the choice easier.