I have used a cab many times and as per my experience, there are many things that we need to take care of. On the basis of my observation, and experience, I can say that you should be careful and should take the maximum possible safety precaution while using a cab or taxi for travel.
Ola, Uber, and other app-based taxis are very common in India. We book it in a few clicks only because it is easy and convenient. A few years ago, It was not so quick to get a taxi or cab as today. But now it is possible.
It is really important that you stay safe while using a taxi and reach your place without any problem. If you follow some tips, there is a high chance you make your travel safer. Let’s have a look at some safety tips:
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1- Vehicle Details and Driver Name
Whenever you book any cab or taxi from your mobile application then you get some details via SMS. You can see the booked details on your mobile application also. It shows details like Vehicle Make and Model, Vehicle Registration Number, Vehicle Color, driver name, etc.
Before you sit in the cab, you should always match all these details. You should also ask for the driver’s name to match it. You should avoid the ride if you find any mismatch in the details. It may be some kind of trap also. You should cancel the ride if you find any mismatch or suspicious things.
2- Check the Hygiene
When you sit inside the cab then you must check its hygiene. Check that it is neat and clean. There is no alcohol kind of smell etc. You should also be sure that the driver is well and that he doesn’t have any flu-like symptoms.
It must be checked that the driver is not drunk and he is fully able to drive the vehicle. If the driver is under the influence of alcohol then this situation can not be safe for you. If you find any think inappropriate then you should avoid this ride.
3- Keep Eyes on Route and Your Mobile GPS
If you are going through your known route then it is well and good. But it is not possible for everyone and every time. Whenever you are using any cab then you should also keep your eye on the GPS tracker on your mobile. If the cab driver is deviating from the route then ask him not to do that.
Maybe the driver says that it is a shortcut but even you should deny it. It may be dangerous for you. Especially for women. Any mysterious turn may be a sign of danger. You need to keep on your mobile GPS also so that you can closely monitor the way. If you find anything inappropriate then you can take action accordingly.
4- Share Cab Details with Your Near and Dear
When you book a cab then you receive an SMS. You get detail of vehicle details and driver name etc. You should share these details at least with one of your family members. If your regular user by cab then also share these details. It can be very helpful in case anything goes wrong. This is very important for women at least.
5- Emergency Apps and Contact Numbers
You must download some emergency app on your mobile. There are many good apps available in the play store which can be used in an emergency. You should also have some emergency contact numbers on your mobile. Keep the contact number of the police, ambulance, and your family members on your phone.
So, that you can use it in any emergency situation while using any cab like Ola, Uber, etc. Whenever the driver does any kind of harassment then call the police and your family. Make sure that your mobile’s battery is charged enough while traveling in a cab or taxi.
6- Don’t Share Any Password, Debit Card, or Credit Card Details in Cab
Maybe you are the person who also shares a credit card or debit card number or password with a family member. Sometimes it may give you a big loss if you do it publicly. Whenever you are inside the cab then avoid sharing these details verbally with your family or near and dear.
Someone from your family member might need these details for important work. But you should avoid sharing your debit card or credit card details and password verbally while riding in the cab.
7- Customer Trip Insurance
Whenever you use Ola cab then you have the option to choose Customer Trip Insurance. It Is a valuable option to select and it is optional. This insurance may cover the following things-
- Missed flight due to driver cancellation or uncontrollable delays
- Medical Expenses
- Baggage lost (For Outstation Trip)
- Financial Emergencies (For Outstation Trip)
You can opt the customer trip insurance by paying an additional premium. Please go through the terms and conditions of the insurance policy for the details while opting for the option.
8- Do Rating and Feedback
This is very important. You should always do a rating and submit feedback on your ride. Whenever book any cab then we check the rating of the cab. So, if you will submit your rating and feedback for the cab ride then it will be helpful.
If your ride was bad and you didn’t find it satisfactory then mention it in your feedback. If you feel necessary then you must report it also. You should be careful while using a cab or taxi whether you are using it in your city or in another city. I hope the above safety tips are useful and may be helpful for people who are using cabs or taxis.
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