Friday, 01 April 2016 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
We all have at least one memorable taxi ride, from the ride home after a great night out to the airport trip that was just a nightmare.
But this blog isn’t about those stories – we are taking a look at things from the drivers’ eyes. As providers of taxi insurance we think it’s important to understand what it’s like to be a taxi driver.
Families, couples, celebrities, tourists... the list goes on. As a taxi driver you meet people from all over the world. This makes every day different as you never know who you’ll meet.
But the people you meet can make or break your day, so it’s important to try and keep a positive attitude.
When you work as a taxi driver you not only listen others stories.You also get to tell yours. Every ride is a pitch. pic.twitter.com/B5tMq3pncF— Pachi Tamer (@pachitamer) February 25, 2016
Meeting new people makes for excellent stories and some memories that last a lifetime.
It’s a long shift and sometimes quiet so telling stories make the time go faster. There have even been stories of babies being born in taxis’.
The Graveyard Shift
This is a lonely time, you want your bed, the people are usually rowdy, argumentative or that drunk they need to be sick! Still the job needs to be done.
On quieter nights it can be pretty boring but books and smartphones make time go a little quicker.
It’s the small things
Sometimes the days seem so long you think they’ll never end. It’s raining outside and you’ve got the same trips over and over, on days like this it’s the small things that get you through.
Compliments, tips, meeting interesting people and enjoying nice scenery are all things that make you feel a little brighter.
Not just a taxi driver – a tour guide, too!
Greetings from Brussels - with most talkative taxi driver ever - more like obsessive tour guide.. Have headache now pic.twitter.com/s6HDg3PHEn— steve austen-brown (@stevepitch) September 23, 2015
Sometimes it can feel like you’re a variety of people all rolled into one. In the city you’re a tour guide telling stories about historic buildings and suggesting must see attractions.
When night falls you’re a councillor for relationships and anger management, and finally a debt collector when they don’t fancy paying the fare.
Back Seat Driver
In this game the customer isn’t always right, especially when they’ve had a little too much to drink.
Back seat drivers are the worst and there are plenty of them. Everyone seems to know the roads better than you; if you turn left you should have turned right - they forget this is your day job.
Drunk & Aggressive Passengers
This one goes without saying. Some passengers simply find it too difficult to be civil after a few too many drinks.
@theabingdontaxi I'm so so glad I packed the job in— peter warren (@skodaman63) January 17, 2016
After a long night out, you would expect most people to be relieved and grateful for the comfortable & safe ride home. Unfortunately this doesn’t account for all drunken Brits.
Are you a taxi driver? What are your likes and dislikes?