Whether you’re visiting a new city or simply waiting for your car to be repaired, at some point you’ll need a taxi. Sometimes, a taxi service is the most convenient, cost-effective transportation option. Knowing that a cab is always an option, especially when you’re in a bind, can do much to alleviate otherwise unnecessary stress. But even less sticky situations can prompt you to call for that yellow sedan; sometimes, you just want someone else to take the wheel while you enjoy a more intimate experience on the way to your desired destination.
Hailing a Cab is Easier than Ever
Recall all those 90s chick flicks that depict the difficulty of hailing a cab in a big city. The film’s protagonist edges closer and closer to the curb on her tip-toes, arms waving, whistling. And yet, every cab always seems to be taken. That may have been the reality in the 90s, but it’s hardly true today. Making use of cab service these days is quite simple and convenient.
Most services list their phone numbers in the Yellow Pages, as well as online. Customers can even make reservations online by filling out a quick form. What’s more, new smartphone apps can connect you to a driver in no time.
These advances dramatically increase the likelihood of getting a ride without the previous hassle of having to hail a taxi on the street. Now, you can rest assured that one will pick you up from your doorstep or the sidewalk.
Your Car Broke Down Again
Making use of a taxi service is a relatively stress-free solution to all of your travel needs. You can request a car several days ahead of time for a trip to the airport. For one-off trips like grocery shopping, you can request a taxi with a sizable trunk. If you know that you will need a cab to both drop you off and pick you up from a restaurant, you can arrange that, as well.
The Bus Takes Too Long
You might be worried about the cost. After all, taking a bus is seemingly cheaper. But have you ever considered how long you might have to wait to arrive at your final destination with all the bus stops and the pace of the bus itself? Most bus stops don’t plant you exactly where you need to go. You still have to walk (sometimes long distances) to get to where you want to go.
Taxis are more convenient. You don’t have to continue stopping and waiting for others to enter and exit. In a taxi, you can enjoy the ride and sightsee in comfort knowing that the driver is responsible for identifying when you have arrived. No more having to keep a vigilant eye on stops! Plus, a cab will drop you off right at the doorstep of your desired destination.
And as far as the cost is concerned, most fares are relatively low (around $1 or $2 per mile), and many taxi services even accept credit cards.