Driving is stressful at the best of times. Traffic, parking, and poorly maintained roads are enough to give anyone a headache. Taxi drivers deal with all of these things every day while also picking up strangers at all hours of the day. It’s no wonder that driving a cab is one of the most stressful jobs out there. To reduce some of this stress, there are things drivers can do to mitigate the risks posed by passengers.
Dealing with unruly passengers is an unfortunate reality of driving a taxi. The last thing you want is to end up in violent situations due to a situation that gets out of control. Paying attention to the concerns of an upset passenger and staying polite without losing your temper can help diffuse many situations.
Taxi drivers may seem like an easy mark for criminals. A driver is usually alone, the passenger controls the destination, and the driver has to pay attention to the road. It is important to maximize the visibility into your taxi for this reason. Beyond having security in the car, parking in areas with a lot of light can make you a less attractive target.
While passengers are obviously crucial to a tax driver’s job, they also can be a source of stress and problems. It’s important that taxi drivers do as much as possible to stay safe when dealing with the clients in their cab.