The Parents Guide to Using Taxis and Rideshares

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As it is officially September first and the back to school season is upon us we thought it would be a good time to re-visit some of our favorite articles involving tips for taking taxis with young children. Whether you are traveling with your toddler, need a transportation service that can help you shuttle your kids to and from after school activities, or are simply uncertain on the laws regarding minors in taxis, we are here to help! See below for our top three articles on parenting and how best to use taxis to your benefit.

 

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Cab Company for School Transportation

In today’s fast-paced world of two-income households, parents often face the difficulty of school transportation. As funding for schools is cut back, less and less children are offered the luxury of riding on the school bus to their building for education. This leaves parents with the responsibility of making sure that their child arrives at school on time. Luckily, there are safe and child friendly taxi services for parents who do not have the time or the means to get their children to school in the morning. Read this article to learn our top simple tips for choosing the best possible taxi cab service to get your child to and from school.

http://www.taxifarefinder.com/newsroom/2015/04/07/5-tips-for-choosing-the-best-cab-company-for-school-transportation/

 

Taking Taxis with Infants, Toddlers & Young Children

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? Surprisingly the rules regarding children and car seats in taxis changes from region to region so we have compiled an easy guide full of information, tips, and tricks when it comes to taking taxis with young children.

http://www.taxifarefinder.com/newsroom/2012/03/20/taking-taxis-with-infants-toddlers-and-young-children/

 

Are Minors Allowed in a Taxi or Uber Without a Guardian?

Should minors be allowed to ride in a taxi or Uber without a parent or guardian present? This is another question we receive a lot and again the answer is more complicated than it may seem. Take a look at this article to learn the laws regarding unsupervised minors in taxi cabs or rideshare cars.

http://www.taxifarefinder.com/newsroom/2015/08/11/are-minors-allowed-in-a-taxi-or-uber-without-a-guardian/

How to Use RideShare Apps (Video)

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New to rideshares? Not sure how to sign up and call one? TaxiFareFinder created this helpful video to show you how to download the app, sign up, and start using rideshares like Uber and Lyft. Happy Traveling!

For more information on rideshares, make sure to check out our helpful Rideshare Guides. (http://www.taxifarefinder.com/rideguru)

Did You Know…New York City Taxi Edition

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New York City is known for it’s iconic yellow cabs that dominate the city streets and every scenic view. Yellow taxis have become synonymous with the city and even define the nonstop hustle and bustle of the big apple. We’ve compiled notable facts, figures, and historical tidbits to celebrate the taxi-driven culture of New York City.

There are over 13,437 medallions, the right to run a yellow taxi, in New York City.

There are over 50,000 taxi drivers in New York City.

A typical driver shift is 9.5 hours.

The average number of rides per shift is 30.

The average number of miles driven in a shift is 180.

The average fare is about $6.

The average trip distance is 2.6 miles.

About 99% of all trips are less than 12 miles.

About 20% of all trips are less than 1 mile.

There are over 485,000 taxi trips made per day.

There are over 175 million taxi trips per year.

A typical taxi travels 70,000 miles per year.

Over 600,000 people ride in taxis everyday.

Over 236 million people ride in taxis every year.

The average age of a taxi vehicle is 3.3 years.

Average daily taxi usage is highest in the spring months.

Average daily taxi usage is lowest during the summer months.

Friday December 11, 2009 is the day with the most taxicabs trips between 2008 and 2013.

Taxi usage always dips significantly on major holidays.

About 90% of taxi pickups in New York City occur in Manhattan.

The average tip given to a taxi driver is 18%.

About 1% of taxi drivers in New York City are female.

Each yellow taxi goes through a rigorous inspection process 3 times per year.

Cabs have 18 different sensors, these are all reviewed during the inspection process.

Medallions can be as expensive as $1,200,000.

Over 2/3 of taxi passengers are 35 or under in age.

A cab gets its name from its predecessor, the horse-driven carriage called the cabriolet.

In 1967 all medallion taxicabs in New York City were painted yellow by order of the city.

In 1925 the first woman became a taxi driver in New York City.

There is presently a $200 penalty for taxicab drivers found using their cell phones while operating their vehicles.

TaxiFareFinder used the following resources to compile these taxicab facts and figures:

2014 Taxicab Fact Book & PBS Taxi Facts & Figures

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Cab Company for School Transportation

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In today’s fast-paced world of two-income households, parents often face the difficulty of school transportation. As funding for schools is cut back, less and less children are offered the luxury of riding on the school bus to their building for education. This leaves parents with the responsibility of making sure that their child arrives at school on time. Luckily, there are alternative options available for parents who do not have the time or the means to get their children to school in the morning. One of these options is choosing a cab service to get your child to school. But how do you choose the right one? Here are five simple tips to choosing the best possible taxi cab service to get your child to and from school.

Safety Measures

The most important thing for parents is the safety of their child. While you may not have the time or the means to accompany your child to ensure their safe arrival at school, you can take steps to ensure they are in good hands. When looking for a cab service, be sure to choose one that takes the safety of their passengers very seriously. One of the first things that you should look for is how the drivers of the cab service are verified. A professional company that puts the safety of their customers first will run thorough criminal and background checks for all of their drivers. They will also require a drug test before the driver is accepted.

Another safety factor that should be taken into consideration is the cab itself. A professional company will have clean, well-maintained vehicles in their fleet. The seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features of the vehicle will function properly. You can check this by scheduling a ride for yourself. Pay attention to any sounds or parts that may be indicative of a vehicle problem before choosing a cab company for school transportation.

Clearly Labeled Vehicles

Another part of safety is having clearly labeled vehicles. You do not want your child climbing into a vehicle with anyone who says that they are from the cab company. Train your child to be on the lookout for distinctive features of the cab company that you choose. If your child knows what vehicles are okay to accept a ride from, then many potential dangers can be avoided. Look for a company that has one or two colors for their cab, as well as vehicles that are clearly labeled with a decal stating company information.

Alternative Payment Options

Another thing to consider if you are choosing a cab service for school transportation is whether or not they offer alternative payment options. Professional cab companies frequently offer a card or voucher that can be loaded with money for future cab rides. This prevents you from needing to give your child money every day for a cab ride. This can prevent them from losing the money, or spending it on something other than cab fare. This also prevents you the hassle of remembering to keep cash on hand so that your child has it every morning.

Reliability

Reliability is a huge factor to consider when choosing a cab service. You want to be sure that your child arrives at school on time and is picked up on time after school. This is true for two reasons. In the morning, it is necessary for students to arrive on time. Schools often put guidelines in place to ensure students and parents make an honest effort in getting the student to school on time. Those that arrive late are often penalized, with consequences ranging from warnings to detention. Prompt pick up is important after school because students may leave with friends or wander off if they are not picked up on time. They could miss their cab ride home, leaving parents to panic once they realize they are missing. This is the reason it is necessary to choose a reliable cab service. A reliable company will be able to ensure timely arrival of your child’s ride before or after school. To check reliability, read service reviews or speak with current and previous customers of the cab service.

Fair Prices

Another thing that you want to look for in a cab company for school transportation is fair pricing. The last thing that you want to do is add the cost of an outrageous cab fair along with the price of a school lunch, especially if you are a struggling family. For this reason, check out several safe, reliable companies that meet your specific criteria. Get price quotes from all of them before choosing any specific company for your school transportation needs. Whether you need a cab for school transportation 5 days a week or just Wednesday and Thursday when you go into work early, make sure that you are getting the best price for your ride.

 

About the Author

Jim Bennett has been with Blue Cab Co. a total of 37 years. As a third generation taxicab operator at Blue Cab in Forest Park, IL, he brings a lifetime of transportation experience to the company. Jim received his B.A. degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Carthage College in 1985. Jim has served as a board member for the industry’s largest trade organization, the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA), in Rockville, MD. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Association.