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Keep these tips in mind while you book an intercity cab

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi June 16, 2017 14:28 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

If you want to explore in your city to search for work and pleasure, especially if you are alone, do follow these tips by Vivek Kejriwal, CEO and founder, One-way. Cab you can grab it in your mind to make your trip memorable and full of fun. After all, in life’s journey it is important to be careful and protective for yourself. after all,” precaution is always better than cure”. Enhance yourself, with all these following tips regarding your tour:

Driver replacement:

This should immediately raise an alarm. The company has legally vetted original driver whereas replacement driver may be a rookie temporary driver. Many people don't know that a Taxi Badge is required (issued by RTO after thorough examination) to drive a Taxi. Have you witnessed a scenario where the actual driver who comes to pick-you up is different than nominated by the company?

Always ask driver for licence:

Be sure about the driver’s licence always. Else you will have to pay for your own carelessness or may be charged of being driven by un-licenced driver. In this case insurance company will not charge any claim for your misfortune.

Odometer scam:

Driver re-sets Trip-meter B to zero and starts the journey. At the destination, he shows you Trip-meter A and asks you to make the payment as per distance travelled. Most of the drivers, before arriving at your home, set Trip-meter A to 0, resulting in extra 20-30 KMs reading. In overall scheme of things, you will not question 25 KMs extra if you are travelling 250+ km. That's easily 10 percent of your fare Always check if driver is showing Trip-meter A or B.

Some charges may be hidden:

Many Cab Operators charge multiple variable fare to make base fare look attractive like Driver Allowance, or keep minimum Included KMs in Base Fare so that end up paying higher at the end of the trip. It's very important to ask what will be the total fare: "Kitna hua bhai”?

Cancellation Charges:

Most of the cab operators want advance payment with non-refundable payment or put cancellation charge. Ideally look for someone, which has no cancellation charges or 100 percent refundable fare. There are few reliable leading cab aggregators. Do they pay you when they cancel cab of their own?

Cab’s assurance:

As you travel inter-city to catch a flight, and imagine getting message last minute: "Sorry due to high demand, we cannot provide you cab". Be Safe. Your flight ticket and travel plan is worth more than cab fare. Look for someone, which provides assured cab.

In case of Spare Wheel Missing:

Most of the times drivers in the interest of time leave punctured tyre un-repaired or tyre is in such a bad-shape that it will not last even 10-20 KMs without getting punctured. It is one the most ignored fact by the guests. Always check the spare tyre is of road-worthy condition.

Car Insurance:

Check with the driver if the cab you have rented have proper insurance and what kind of coverage does the insurance guarantee. Did you know?

- All Taxi Cabs have passenger's insurance coverage included

- You can also claim compensation in case of accident

Always carry basics for ailments:

Carry basic medicines for fever, cold, stomach upset, allergies etc, mosquito repellent, band-aids, pain killers etc. You never know when emergencies strike. Many Cab Drivers have not checked their windshield wiper is effective, imagine driving on highway at 80 KM/hr and not able to see clearly what is ahead.

Be updated with travel assistance apps on your phone: 

Food and navigation app, safety and security apps can help you a lot. Carry a portable charger.