Your vision’s a bit bleary, your judgement is ever-so-slightly off and your body is telling you it’s time to hit the sack . . . but hold it!
Now is the time you should really be at your most aware and responsible.
Forget whether you should have entertained the advances from that smooth gent in the last bar, your decision-making skills are never of greater importance than when it comes to your late-night travel arrangements home.
Here’s our brief guide to making the right decisions at cabbie o’clock:
Safety in numbers
The obvious point to make is that sharing a lift home with friends is always first choice. For one, it’s safer. And two, it’s just plain cheaper to share a taxi journey home.
If bundling in with some girlfriends isn’t an option, though, there are a few golden rules you should always follow:
+ Have friends present to see you off in the taxi: get them to pay attention to the taxi driver’s face or take a shot of the vehicle and credentials, particularly if you’re starting to feel the effects of that last cocktail.
+ Agree to call or text a friend once you’ve arrived safely at your destination.
+ Agree a fare for your destination where possible.
+ Strap in. Trusting a stranger’s driving skills is one thing; ignoring basic safety precautions is another. You don’t want to find yourself injured and involved in a taxi accident claim if you can help it.
No food smuggling
You’ve hailed down a taxi but still have half your late night supper left. Never try to smuggle food into a taxi where it can be spilled, though. Mess up the interior of your cabbie’s vehicle and you’ll find that the cost of this particular taxi accident creates a bigger hole in your purse than your bar bill.
Standard fines of £50 are charged by many taxi firms for the time and expense of cleaning down a vehicle.
Tipping and disembarking
Always a tricky one to gauge, why not use the general rule of thumb that an enjoyable journey is a tippable one?
Like your taxi journey to be a quiet moment of reflection on the night you’ve had? Then a taxi driver who kills your vibe by asking questions and telling you about his fourth cousin’s dog isn’t going to be the deserving recipient of your hard earned cash.
Want a bit of light conversation to pass the time? A good cabbie should always know how to hold a conversation, so reach into your purse for a chauffeur who can make you laugh and sees you safely to your door with a smile on your face.
How much to pay? Round up to the nearest sum for solo journeys. If you’re travelling in a group, whip round and make it up to a generous 10% tip.
Before you leave your chariot, always be sure to look back inside the cabin – and don’t be afraid to ask for the internal lights to be turned on so you can spy any spilled lip gloss, loose change or, worse, a forgotten mobile phone or purse.
Then all you need to do, is thank your driver for his sterling work and head for a very welcome bed.
What if the unthinkable accident happens?
The last thing on your mind after a night out is being involved in an accident, but unfortunately there are thousands of taxi accidents every year around the UK.
If you are involved in an accident that was caused by your taxi driver or another vehicle, would you know what to do?
Here’s your 5 step plan:
1. Report the incident to the police straight away
2. Collect registration and certification details from both your taxi driver and the other vehicle
3. Take photos of the accident
4. Collect witness statements from any passers-by where possible
5. Call Winn Solicitors
So, there you have it: follow these easy guidelines and stay cabbie cool.
This is a Guest blog written by Winn Solicitors, specialists in road accident claims. They can arrange for immediate medical assessment – which is crucial, even if you do not think you have been seriously injured.
Injuries such as whiplash can take days or even weeks to present themselves, but without appropriate treatment can mean pain or discomfort for months.
Winn can also handle any taxi compensation claim, should you require any further treatment or suffer any other loss or expense as a result of the accident.