Do you know how to use a taxi? Four rules for a safe trip?

Each of us uses a taxi. Some more often, some less often, but even those who cannot imagine life without a car sometimes travel as passengers - for example, going to the airport or a party. The older generation of Ufa residents still remembers what a "shortage" of state taxis was in Soviet times - ordering or stopping a free Volga with checkers was not so easy. In the nineties, they were almost supplanted by those who were called bombers or private owners; in the "zero" years, many taxi companies appeared in UFA for every taste and budget, and today, the new generation can no longer imagine what it's like to call a taxi by phone call, and not through an app.

What are we waiting for when calling a taxi? No delays: most often, passengers are in a hurry. Reasonable price: competition in the market allows you to choose the most profitable option. Convenience, comfort and courtesy on the part of the driver and operators. High level of security? Of course! But, as a rule, we believe that only the taxi driver is responsible for this. We often forget that the passenger is also a road user, on whom something also depends.

How to use a taxi correctly, what standards of behaviour to follow and what to pay attention to? The press service of the Vezet service, one of the largest  UK aggregators that has long established itself in Ufa, will help us answer these questions. Recently, in St. Petersburg, another critical region where the service operates, a study was conducted among drivers and passengers using the service. Almost four thousand people took part in it. The survey results allow us to conclude that taxi passengers have become more responsible for their safety.

Let us highlight seven rules for a safe trip, the observance of which depends on the passenger.

Buckle up even in the back seat of a taxi.

Fortunately, there is no longer any need to explain how important it is to wear seat belts. Judging by the survey results, 95% of respondents adhere to this rule. Those who choose other options are in the absolute minority: 2% are ready to buckle up "only if we go very fast," and 3% rely on the taxi driver's accuracy and experiences airport transfers keighley to manchester. However, they can be reminded that it is not only reckless drivers who get into accidents but also those careful and experienced drivers into whom these reckless drivers crash.

I am glad that people's self-awareness is changing. However, the tradition of buckling up in the back seat has yet to enter our lives on such a large scale. Until recently, passengers, as a rule, did not know at all that this was necessary - but this is actually required by paragraph 2.1.2 of the traffic rules.

The opinion that soft backrests of the front seats will supposedly protect rear passengers from injury is erroneous. Even more dangerous is the injury that an unbelted rear passenger can inflict on the front passenger or driver with a powerful blow to the back. According to WHO, the risk of serious injury in a crash for rear-seat passengers is reduced even more than for front-seat passengers (75% versus 50%).

Never rush the driver.

We value taxis for their precise timing and the ability to be on time where you can arrive on time - for example, at a significant event or the airport. And when we are late, a taxi generally becomes the only way to "catch up on time." When every minute counts, sometimes you want to hurry up the driver. What to do?

Most of the passengers surveyed, fortunately, chose the right option - it is better to be late than to create a dangerous situation on the road. According to the survey results, 27% of respondents "will worry in silence." 70% may ask the driver to drive faster but "let him speed up within the limits of traffic rules because safety comes first." Only 2% of passengers are ready to demand speed at any cost.

It is unlikely that the taxi driver will listen to them. The permitted speed limit within the city is 60 km/h, and professional drivers remember this best. Including because they drive for a significant part of the day, and following the "illegal" request of each passenger means not only constantly taking risks but also collecting an impressive amount of fines. After all, the taxi driver pays, not those who drive him.

However, if a taxi driver violates the speed limit and other traffic rules, be sure to report this to the aggregator's support service.

Refrain from distracting the taxi driver by talking.

One of the most exciting points of research. According to the survey "What irritates a taxi driver?", which was conducted by the Vezet service, 21.7% of taxi drivers do not like chatting with passengers. Conversations were one of the primary irritants. What about the passengers? The study also tracked their sociability. It turned out, however, that there are not so many "active" talkers who don't feed them bread - let them tell the taxi driver about all their problems (3%). Another 27% of passengers are ready to carry on a conversation if the driver is so inclined. The majority - 70% - feel free to talk on the road.

It's clear why talking while driving is dangerous - it distracts you from the road, reduces concentration and increases reaction time. But until now, it could not be "calculated." Such research is now underway. The discussion of this problem grew out of a reasonably long-standing traffic rule that prohibits talking on the phone while driving.

Don't get out of the car anywhere.

Fortunately, 63% of passengers understand that it is impossible to get out of the car in a dangerous place - in the middle of a traffic jam in the second row or where stopping is prohibited by a sign or markings. However, the idea of a taxi as a service is still widespread, where everything is based on the "whatever you want" principle, and the driver can be required to stop at any arbitrary place.

It's not just a matter of violating traffic rules; moreover, an unexpected maneuver can create an emergency where these maneuvers are prohibited. It's also about respect for the urban environment. Today, this topic is becoming more and more relevant for UFA and is being increasingly discussed by society. We must respect not only the rules but also the interests of each other and the city in which we live. The culture of behaviour and existence in a metropolis is built on this - a place where there are so many people that it is straightforward to disturb someone's comfort.

Stopping the car and getting out not on a busy road but near the entrance in the yard is just one link in a large chain.

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