TFF April Trivia Contest 2012 – To launch April 2

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Hey TFF friends and fans!

To show our appreciation for all your support, we wanted to give something back.  Get ready for the TFF April Trivia Contest, starting on April 2.  During the month of April, there will be 3 mini contests held weekly and for each contest you participate in there is a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card – that’s right, twelve $25 Amazon gift cards!  Be prepared to get creative and rack your brain to participate in our trivia contest!

Make us laugh! Monday’s contest will be ‘Create-a-Caption.’ You have to think of a funny caption for a photo TaxiFareFinder posts – we love a good laugh so be witty and get creative with your caption!

World traveler? Wow us with your knowledge.  On Wednesdays TaxiFareFinder will post a picture of a landmark somewhere in the world.  This landmark will be one of the many POIs supported by the TFF calculator on our website.  Be prepared to rack your brain though, these photo clues will be tricky!

Up for a challenge?  On Fridays we’re putting fans to the test.  We give you a fare – you find a fare between two points that comes as close as possible.  Think that’s hard? Try our other brainteaser: we give you two clues about famous POIs – you find the POIs and calculate the taxi fare between them.

Good luck to all our fans!

Taking Taxis with Infants, Toddlers & Young Children

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One of the questions that we most frequently hear at TaxiFareFinder is whether or not car seats are required in taxi cabs and if so who is responsible for bringing the car seat, the parent or cab driver? This question is a very serious one yet a hard one to answer as the laws change from region to region. For example in New York City and Las Vegas taxi cabs are exempt from the car seat law, hence making it legal for children to ride in taxi cabs without a car seat. In areas where taxis are exempt from the law, parents are still strongly encouraged to bring their own car seat to secure into the back of the taxi cab. Although this may seem quite cumbersome to carry around a car seat it is also a matter of safety for the child. If you are unable to carry a car seat with you for your trip you may always call a taxi company and order a cab with a car seat to come pick you up, though you may have to wait awhile longer for a taxi this saves you the trouble of carrying around a 20 pound car seat all day! Finally if neither of these options are fitting for you please make note of these certain safety concerns when carrying a child into a taxi without a car seat.

  • If the child is under age 7, it is strongly encouraged that you hold the child on your lap but do not buckle the child in the seatbelt with you or have an infant in a baby carrier such as a baby Bjorn! People in a crash weigh their weight multiplied by the speed of a crash. Therefore an adult will weigh several thousand pounds, crushing a child sitting on their lap or carried on their chest in a baby carrier.
  • If your child is big enough to wear a seatbelt comfortably, make sure you do not put the shoulder belt behind your child’s back or under their arm. This removes all head and chest protection.

While some regions exempt taxis from the car seat law, others do not: for example, in Massachusetts, children are still required to be properly restrained in a car seat in a taxi. If you are found riding with your child in a taxi without a car seat you, not the taxi driver, will be fined $25. Also if the taxi driver does not provide the car seat it is up to the parents to bring one themselves. However, most cab companies will provide a car seat if you call ahead. Also, always keep in mind your child’s safety and don’t feel rushed by a cab driver when installing a car seat in the cab. Make sure to take your time and properly install the car seat, it is the driver’s job to wait for you while you do this.

Finally, since every region has different laws regarding car seats and taxi cabs, I would strongly encourage everyone to visit their state’s government website to learn what the law is in your state before you venture out for the day in a taxi!

Ready to travel with your kids? We suggest you look up the fares in advance to find out which car service is cheapest for your family on our RideGuru Comparison Fare Calculator.  You may also want to check out our individual taxi pages on TaxiFareFinder to see if there are special restrictions or rules in the city you are traveling in.

*Note: The same rules apply to school buses, limos, executive sedans, or any for hire vehicles. Any of these vehicles may be exempt from the child restraint law in certain regions just like taxis are, so no matter what for hire vehicle you are traveling in make sure to check the laws regarding car seats in your area.

Here are some helpful links and resources to check out:

http://www.mass.gov/rmv/faq/inspection.htm#7

http://www.livestrong.com/article/216354-taxi-child-safety-seat-laws/

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/faq_pass.shtml#9

http://www.lasvegas-how-to.com/taxi-cab.php

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-484B.html#NRS484BSec157

 

Lilly Tillapaugh is an intern at TaxiFareFinder.

Find us on Facebook – TaxiFareFinder Community

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Come join our Facebook community and meet 1000s of other TaxiFareFinder fans.  We talk about everything taxi. Rumor has it we will be hosting a series of contests and giveaways.   Stay tuned!

http://www.facebook.com/TaxiFareFinder

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New Feature: Enhanced Mobile Browser Support

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We have greatly enhanced the usability of TaxiFareFinder on your mobile browsers.  Now you can use your iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices and enjoy TaxiFareFinder on the go.

The new mobile site has new user interface optimized for smaller mobile screens. It is a compact, fast, and very easy to navigate. You can access this by simply going to:

http://www.taxifarefinder.com/

OR

http://m.taxiff.com/

* If you prefer to use the full-sized interface, scroll all the way down to the bottom, and click on “Go To Full Desktop Site”.