Women are the weaker gender and this means they should take more precautions in their endeavors. Not everyone is usually genuine and some do like to take advantage of the less strong to their gain. In as much as a larger percentage of people feel that taxis are the safest form of public transport, they can become dangerous at times, especially for women. Here are some tips for women taxi passages.
I will start with the obvious, do not get into a cub that has approached you. Be the one to call for a cub. Even if you needed taxi services and a cab driver happens to notice that and approaches you, do not use that cab. Most people with ill intentions tend to ride on the vulnerability of their clients. They tend to give you easy solutions to your needs. This goes hand in hand with not using a taxi that has been recommended by a stranger or someone you can’t trust a hundred percent with your security.
Always use legit taxi software services to calls for a taxi. To measure how legit a software is, this is what you should be looking out for:
- How long has the software been in service
- Positive testimonials from previous users of the software
- Negative testimonials from previous software users. If they negative once are manageable e.g the cab came 10 minutes late or the fare exceeded by a few coins etc. then you can make a consideration. Alarming testimonials like a customer got robbed or past kidnapping cases should be a red flag and you should not consider using such a software.
- Security measures the software providers have put in place to ensure a customer’s safety.
While on your cab ride, be as polite as possible to the driver. This however doesn’t mean that you be overly nice and give out all your information. Oversharing makes you more vulnerable and it gives your possible attacker an upper hand.
Choose your seat wisely. You may have taken all the safety measures possible to ensure the cab you are in is legit but it doesn’t bite to take it a step further. It is advisable to always seat on the back seat behind the driver. This makes it harder for the driver to attack you physically as compared to other seats.
In as much as it might sound cumbersome, it is recommended to always text someone the details of the taxi you are boarding. This makes it easy to trace you in case you end up missing or in an event of a kidnap. Your phone should always be on all through your ride and if your notice anything suspicious, just terminate your ride there and then. Never allow the taxi driver use a route you are not familiar with. Always remember that it’s better to the safe than sorry.Women should always abide to these measures and promote their security when boarding a taxi.