Waiting for taxis is never fun, but it’s even worse in the winter months. Standing in freezing rain or snow with your hand in the air on the side of the windy curb is truly miserable. While there is nothing any of us can do to change the weather, there are a few tips you can save to make these experiences slightly more bearable!
It might seem obvious but dressing appropriately for the cold makes a world of difference. If you have to hail a taxi on the street, this is really the only thing you can do to alleviate the discomfort. Make sure you have a warm hat, gloves, and socks on. Keeping those three areas covered helps keep the warmth in your body. A good, warm coat is also a must in the winter months. When you’re hailing a taxi in the winter, do your research if you’re unfamiliar with the area. Some cities you can only hail a cab at a stand. Some cities, you can hail from anywhere. You will have better luck if you’re in a busy area, which means you’ll be waiting in the cold for a shorter amount of time.
Many businesses and hotels have doormen, valets, front desk attendants, or something similar. These people are there to help you. Often times, you can ask them to hail you a taxi while you wait in the warmth. If you want to be kind, give them a nice tip to say thank you for their help because while you were waiting in the warmth they were unfortunately having to wait it out in the cold for you it’s cold for you. Many times, hotels and businesses will also help you with transportation by calling a taxi service. This means you will have a ride waiting for you at a prearranged time, so you don’t have to wait around in the cold for your ride.
Taxi companies have numbers you can call to order a ride. You may end up paying a little extra because the taxi has to go out of their way to get to you, but it alleviates the stress and un-comfort of hailing one in the cold weather.
There really is nothing you can do about the winter weather conditions, but you can prepare yourself and stay cozy by dressing warm, planning ahead, and asking for help when you can.